1. Privacy — So I’m tooling around Facebook and I notice a picture of a friend of mine in an advertisement in the sidebar. I immediately give him a call kidding him about the ad. He asks me what I’m talking about. I say, hey, you’re in an ad for a product on Facebook whether you know it or not.
Yep, Facebook uses you, invades you and exploits you. And you gave them permission. Ignorance is not bliss in the Facebook world.
Google + has extensive privacy settings. You only share what you want with who you want.
2. Hangouts — An easy download of the Google Voice and Video plug-in to your computer and smartphone and you are hanging out with your favorite tribe. Or anyone on Google + who wants to jump in. They don’t have to be in your circles. Don’t like someone, they are abusive, or ruin the conversation—kick ’em out. It’s YOUR hangout. Hangouts are video conferencing on steroids.
Finally, video phone calling like George Jetson made us lust for in the 70’s.
3. Photos — Can you say private? Can you say goodbye Flicker? Can you say snap a photo with your phone and bam! it’s in your Google + photo library — shared only with those you choose? Can you Googles Goggles? Nope, I’m not being redundant—I said Goggles, not Google. Goggles is one of the freakiest, scariest, coolest things I’ve ever seen. Try it. I dare you. Can you say goodbye Facebook?
4. Toggling Between Streams, I mean, Circles — So, we should know by now that customizing circles to share with is reason enough to see why Google+ will kick some serious Facebook butt. Speaking of—BUT, the ability to toggle between streams is glorious! If I want to see what our re:create tribe is saying and doing—simple—just select that recreate stream in the left column. Could the ability to import Twitter lists be next? Ah, we can only hope.
5. Sparks — It gives you the ability to search for stuff on Google + in which you are interested—in a way that we’ve come to expect from Google. Sleek, sexy, simple and fast!
Try Sparks and prepare to be addicted.
Now, if you have not received a Google+ invite (it is still in Beta testing), simply leave a comment and tell me you want a free invite and I’ll send you one pronto. You can thank me later!
Questions: What have I missed? Other features you love? Do you think Google+ will kick Facebook’s butt?
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