Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Facebook vs. Google + - What's Your Preference?

There is a fascinating debate going on, mostly on Google +,  about whether G+ will replace Facebook. I can't for the life of me see how some people will ever connect with G+. Right now it is populated with early adopters, techies, syndicators and curators, geeks, gadget freaks, and social media types. It seems to me almost like a combination of Facebook and Twitter, with a little Skype thrown in. Don't even know what I am taking about?


This poll was created by Brian Solis, possibly in response to a poll of PC Magazine readers in which fully 50% said they would abandon Facebook. I am reluctant to make a sweeping generalization about FB versus G+ based on that since most people (my age, particuarly) are not that technically inclined. I think it is a little like polling only the members of the NJ Education Association and then making a sweeping generalization about whether NJ Gov. Christie will be reelected.

I just don't see Great Aunt Millie who just figured out Facebook migrating to Google Plus. Many of my readers are not especially technically inclined, so I thought I would ask you. I don't mean to be insulting, it's just that you represent the person who is online but doesn't use, or know about, or care about all the bells and whistles. The person who likes to read blogs, but may be experiencing social media overload and is a little sick of the whole thing.

Kind of a reverse poll of the PCMag readers.

Be sure and comment on this post and let me know how you voted.
The poll ends in about 5 days, and Brian Solis will be writing about the results of the poll. Let your non-tech voice be heard! I will update you when he writes about it. 


  1. Anonymous12:19 PM

    I dont have access to G+ yet. I do, however, plan to explore it to see if it would be something I may want to use.

    They estimate that 50% will migrate and you disagree, but what if the 50% who migrate are the younger generation/technically inclined? With all the problems that facebook users deal with (ie, slowness of website, chat inadequacies,failure to post items, rate of video viruses, ect.) , I could see a massive switch to G+, assuming it runs the way it was designed to run (and much smoother than facebook).

  2. I don't actually disagree that 50% could migrate. Younger internet users also have no expectation of privacy that older users have. I'm just saying that Facebook is not "dead" because of G+, there are plenty of non-techie people who will continue to use it - who are so tech-unsavvy that they don't use the chat or the other features on FB that cause discontent.

    Thanks for your comment!