FriendFeed vs Twitter vs Facebook vs Google+

The inspiration for this post came from Jason Huebel, having written about leaving FriendFeed behind for Google+ engagement.

Google+ is the new black.

So, is anybody else abandoning FriendFeed, Empire Avenue, Facebook, etc. for Google’s latest social effort? Do you see yourself decreasing the amount of time you spend on any other platform over the coming weeks? To me, I suppose, it’s a balancing act – and each silo has its merits. No doubt, I’m very happy with Google+ right now.

Twitter – “Everybody” is there, but every tweet is a flash in the pan. It’s always been next to impossible to establish a conversation there (and I’ve always resented people who called Twitter a conversation). It used to be a great way to drive attention, but that attention potential is watered down with every person who joins. You could have a million followers and less engagement than someone with a thousand.

Facebook – “Everybody” is there, but not all of your updates are seen by those who “Like” you. The privacy policy seems to change every other month. If you can look past the pokes and app invites, there’s nothing particularly agitating about Facebook (enough to drive millions away in droves). It’s also important to note that Facebook is like a data roach motel – you can get it in, but good luck getting it out.

FriendFeed – “Nobody” is there anymore, but those who are sticking to it are really active. Google+ reminds a lot of people (myself included) of the FriendFeed heyday, and it didn’t shock me to learn that Jason’s finally putting this network behind him. I took this screen shot of a Google+ Hangout with Jesse Stay this afternoon – another fan of FF:

Google Buzz – If you think about it, Google Buzz is / was really close to FriendFeed. People pumped-and-dumped their feeds into it and then abandoned the platform when “nobody” was actively using it. That said, Buzz isn’t dead yet – it’s still there as a Google+ sub-tab at the moment.

Empire Avenue – I really think Dups and his team really need to adapt their model very QUICKLY. It’s been great for discovery and engagement, but to increase awareness, they need to surface the social media engagement intelligence they’re collecting in a more cohesive fashion (allowing people to see their scores without necessarily putting themselves on the Market). It’s done a lot for my engagement and discovery acceleration, but the learning curve is still too high for the average user (who really would fall in love with the underlying statistics that EAv can bring).

MySpace – Well, let’s just see what Timberlake does with it. ūüėČ

Which brings us to…

Google+ – “Everybody” will be here, guaranteed. With the right integration, your resonance-prone activity will be seen by more people. They need to address the noise, accommodate conversation threading, eliminate content duplicates, and a lot more – but they’re off to a damn good start.

Your thoughts on where Google+ sits in today’s social media landscape?

13 thoughts on “FriendFeed vs Twitter vs Facebook vs Google+”

  1. I suppose I am like a lot of G+ users as I was not using Facebook, Twitter etc when they first became popular but joined them when everybody else had. But with G+ I was on it from really early on, so i am watching the exponential take up with interest. I notice a distinct lack of politicians and so called¬†celebrities¬†on G+. The circles idea is excellent once you realize you can create any circle you want and then view its stream eg set up favourites and drafts. I am in construction so I interact with job sites all the time so being able to “hangout” with six of my site managers at once is so helpful and productive. None of my people or me for that matter are “geeks” but G+ just fits like a glove.

  2. It would be interesting to see a comparison between G+ and Tumblr, since many are using Tumblr not as a blogging platform but in a way similar to FF.

  3. It would be interesting to see a comparison between G+ and Tumblr, since many are using Tumblr not as a blogging platform but in a way similar to FF.

  4. Chris, there’s a downside to the way they’re rolling Google+ out person by person – latecomers will feel like they’re coming late to a party that’s in full swing, and all the cool people in the crowd are having great conversations with lots of engagement, but nobody pays any attention to anything THEY say. So I tend to disagree that EVERYONE will be on it. I don’t see too many in my family abandoning Facebook for G+. They’re already comfortable with Facebook. ¬†But for my geek son and me, G+ will definitely be getting some of the time and attention currently going to Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.

  5. Chris, there’s a downside to the way they’re rolling Google+ out person by person – latecomers will feel like they’re coming late to a party that’s in full swing, and all the cool people in the crowd are having great conversations with lots of engagement, but nobody pays any attention to anything THEY say. So I tend to disagree that EVERYONE will be on it. I don’t see too many in my family abandoning Facebook for G+. They’re already comfortable with Facebook. ¬†But for my geek son and me, G+ will definitely be getting some of the time and attention currently going to Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.

  6. I will probably use G+ more than facebook except to communicate with a few friends and family that have only just started getting used to it. I will probably use twitter as I do now. But I am intrigued about Empire Avenue. Its still very US centric so we (expat types) don’t really get full advantage.

  7. I haven’t been back to Empire Avenue since Google+ came out. FriendFeed? It was pretty dead to me already, but I go back every week to participate in Gillmor Gang and I look around. It’s even quieter than it used to be. For me, Google+ is sucking up a LOT of my social media time. It’s very addictive and growing VERY fast (I got to 34,000 followers already, which blows away the numbers I have on Facebook and Google Buzz).

  8. I don’t see so many people moving to Google+. For me, Google+ seems kind of geeky. Family members already comfortable on Facebook are unlikely to move on to Google+ anytime soon considering the fact that they are even kinda just getting comfortable on FB. Google+ really appeals to geeks, but I can’t say same for the average internet user and newbie to social networks.

  9. I’m currently splitting my time between Google+, Facebook and Google Reader (which currently feeds into Buzz). I’m also using Tumblr for microblogging.

    I’ve used both Twitter and Friendfeed in the past, but I eventually bailed out on both of them due to the same problem – their real-time nature, plus my limited time in the day, meant that I was missing more stuff than I was seeing.

    (I was on MySpace briefly, but it was so painful to use that I pretty much gave up using it. In any case, all of the friends who were there subsequently moved to Facebook, and I finally deleted my account a few years ago)

    Facebook’s biggest problem is that it’s good enough most of the time, but by no means the best in any one aspect. Part of this is down to the way in which it has been hacked around with over time to add new features and to allay privacy concerns. In some part it bears an alarming resemblance to the Classic Yahoo! Mail interface, or the embarrasment of a UI over at Slashdot.

    Facebook’s biggest weapon against other social networks, apart from its colossal user base, is currently the baubles it dangles in front of your, particularly the games and apps. But it’s a double-edged sword – apps can certainly make it easier to integrate your online life with Facebook as the hub, but games can be both addictive and annoying.

    In the long term, I think that Google+ stands a good chance of success if they can fully integrate with the other Google services, and if they can learn from Facebook’s mistakes.

  10. “Google+ ‚Äď ‚ÄúEverybody‚ÄĚ will be here, guaranteed.” = No way – I’ve been on G+ since day one and tweeted then that your Mom, Grandma, and Aunt won’t be on G+…Generally speaking, the infrequent and casual user on FB has no reason to move over. ¬†The motivation to learn another platform will not be there…Google+ plays to the robust user. ¬†A nice playhouse for the geekie tech guy and girl. ¬†Grandma doesn’t need all the bells and whistles. ¬†Most need a car that runs to get from point A to B, not a Ferrari…

  11. Please understand that this is just the bare bones of Google+. There is no API yet. Once there is it will get very exciting very quickly. No one will be able to afford not to have a major presence here

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