Google+ or Facebook?

This is day 2 of my self-imposed exile from Facebook. I have not deactivated my account, nor do I intend to do so, yet. I have chosen to take a break because in part, I think I was addicted strongly attached spending way too much time on there, and more importantly, there has been a slew of pornographic images flooding my news feed, and Facebook is unable or unwilling to do anything about stopping it. They have probably exhausted all their resources on the facial recognition software that no-one wanted in the first place. Which brings me on to Google+.

I signed up a few days ago, and so far, I am liking it a lot. I’ll tell you why.

Google+ gives you control over your data, and how you share it. It does not automatically assume that you want to share every aspect of your life with the whole world, and has come up with what it terms ‘circles’. You choose which circle you want to put people in, and also, which circle you want to share information with.

When you put up a post, there is an option to disable sharing. This means you will not subsequently find the picture of your 7 year old, a mortar, a pestle and some pounded yam, tagged and pasted all over the profiles of people you don’t even know.

It is not possible to tag another person’s picture without their explicit consent, or the tag the picture of a goat with a person’s name.

At the moment, there are no irritating applications and adverts clogging up every inch of space on the home page.

There is a discreet green button on the left side inviting you to chat with people in your circles (should you wish to) This is far less intrusive than a chat format where most of your ‘friends’ are displayed prominently on the right side of your screen.

I used to love Facebook, but I don’t like that they roll out unpopular changes without giving you the option of choice. This is not an exhaustive article on the features of Google +. For that you can check out Mashable.

In a Mashable news survey, Olaf Wempe said “If Facebook and Twitter had a baby, they’d call it Google+.”

I don’t know much about Twitter, but I think I agree.

P.S. If you have poked, inboxed, tagged or otherwise contacted me on FB, I am not ignoring you, I will get in touch on my return from exile. Of course you could always contact me in RL.

Thanks for stopping by Smile.

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About Joxy

When I'm not cooking or thinking about cooking, then I'm writing, or thinking about writing. I love misdirection....nothing is ever what it seems!
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18 Responses to Google+ or Facebook?

  1. Jaycee (E.A) says:

    I’ve told the Google+ people to keep me posted. I doubt it’ll be the baby of Facebook and twitter though. I think twitter stands in a category by itself. Facebook…uhmmmm, instead of asking microsoft to work with them, I think Mark Zuckerberg should have begged Google. Lol. Let’s see what happens…whether or not there’ll be a massive migration to Google+.

    • Joxy says:

      Hiya, congratulations on your blog award, JC and Jaycee are definitely a winning combo :). I think the battle will be waged over how much control people have over their information. Whoever gives (or seems to give) the most control would win. 10 million plus users for a product still in beta? G+ is off to a flying start methinks. Thanks for stopping by :D.

  2. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll check it out.

  3. Godson says:

    I strongly agree with you pn your review. Google plus is a breath of freah air and some degree of sanity (I hope they don’t change). I found a lot of people who have been repulsed by fb turning to Google+……and to add to your review, Facebook is like Oshodi and Google+…..Walter Carrington cresecent, Victoria Island.

    • Joxy says:

      Hear, hear! Walter Carrington Crescent? Must check that out next time I’m in Lagos, lol. Thanks for the invite to G+, and for stopping by :D.

      • Deronk says:

        hmmmm. been trying to get on o….. I hear it is by invite…. who fit invite me?

        @ Godson; lol @ ur analogy… G+ is the tush, quiet, not for everybody version ba? as okadas and d likes aint allowed on Walter Carrington…. all the agberos can like to stay out ba?

  4. Godson says:

    And I like this theme.

  5. Thanks for the review
    I never had a Facebook account and I really dont like twitter
    To be honest, all my ‘social networking’ goes on on Blogger and Linkedin
    Perhaps I’m a techno-dinosaur 🙂

  6. Ginger says:

    lol@Godson’s comment.

  7. Deronk says:

    and congrats on ur award

  8. Deronk says:

    Thanks. Accepted. Time to check it out

  9. upwardliving says:

    I don’t care what else they introduce in the name of social networking. They are just too numerous and I can’t keep up with the pace. Google+ might seem cool now until a few hackers break in and next thing you know they’ve got all your personal details written on the skies for everyone to see.
    I am staying put , google+ or no google+!

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