July 3, 2011 by Ivan Kristianto
Google+ Review and Facebook Comparison
Google+ (read: Google plus) is one of the Google product for social networking. Google+ was launched in June 28, 2011 and as i am writing this article, this service is not available for public yet, only the invited user could join Google+. And i got lucky to received the invitation from my friends. Google+ use many of Google existing technologies. For example: Google chat, Google voice, Google Buzz, Google Profile, Picasa, Youtube, Google map, and others. Beside connecting all dots, Google+ also add some new features such as Circles, Huddles, Sparks, and Hangouts (See it in nice video presentation at Google+ official).
Google+ have a nice and clean layout, even some says it is like Facebook including me. They are look similar, both have left sidebar and right sidebar with news and streaming feed the center. If Facebook have its river tehcnique (Ajax technology which is extend if you scroll down), Google+ need to click the more button (same technology in Google image search). But I like Google+ layout more, since it clean and fast.
I am a performance addict, so the first impression when i tried Google+, it is fast! And as i compare it to Facebook, Google+ is faster than Facebook. I still haven’t dig the technology built on Google+ yet. I think they use use caching system like Google Gear (this is just my personal opinion, but i’m sure they use caching system).
Single Sign On
There’s nothing new with this one. Google+ also use the Google single sign on feature. If you sign in with Google Account, you can access your Google+ at once. I’m using Google in everyday of my life, especially Gmail and Google Search engine. So when i open my GMail, i can see the top black bar that have Google+ notification. And i always open my GMail when i get online. And to access Facebook i have to do login again.
Google+ Security and Privacy
As Google+ use Google account to sign in, i’m sure that it is secured. But you need to pay attention and keep yourself secure when typing in your account credentials. And for Privacy, you can easily set it in Google+ setting in Profile and Privacy section. You can choose weather to put your profile to public or private, your visibility and many more.
This is the most like feature from Google+ at least by me. It is a video conference system which you can ask your friends (circles) to join the conference with you. And all of you can see each other, talk, chat and watch the Youtube video together. I tried this feature with other 2 friend and the performance is great. No lag and clean, and i got clear voice as well. This hangout feature is built on Google voice tech, so you need to install Google voice on your machine.
Watch the Google+ hangouts video:
Less Ads and SPAM
I HATE SPAM! That’s what i found on my Facebook wall everyday. Now Facebook is free ads spam social networking, and it is so annoying. I wish Google+ team will keep and eye for spamming to keep the quality of their services.
There are a lot of features that’s not covered yet in this article, you have to try it by yourself. And i haven’t try Google+ from Android or iPhone app yet, i will review it as soon as i got one, he3x… Some says it is like Facebook, and i said IT IS NOT! So how about you?
Note: If you do have Google+ account, please add me to your circle so we can share the experience together. Thanks.