Another Social Network

Facebook has been a part of my every day life for the past 1421 days (yeah, I looked that up) and in that that time I’ve had a bit of a torrid affair with it.

 

Although it’s great for catching up with old School friends, looking at pictures and posting inane babble, there are a few things I’ve actually come to hate over the past year or so.

Facebook seems to attract a plethora of spammy “click this to see who stalks you” type apps. We’ve all seen them, they spread like wildfire once one or two of your friends have clicked, and if you have a lot of friends, it doesn’t take long before it’s all you see in your news feed.

Every few days I clear out my inbox which gets so full on pointless updates that it’s getting kind of tiresome. If I’m down to go to your event, you don’t need to send a message every two days in the week leading up to it begging me to come.

Likewise, I’m beginning to realise that most pages are just around for people to spam their wares all over thousands of peoples News Feeds. I bet Villa can get more fans than Blues or if I get 1 Million likes I’ll call my baby Lucifer remind me of school.

The ads are tiresome, sure some people must click on them, but it does seem as though they’re always the same and mostly just sponsored and entirely irrelevant to me.

As soon as Google+ opened up, I started seeing sly little changes on Facebook. One day the chat was all up one side, another the top header followed me around the news feed. The next day they released video chat (which doesn’t work) and yesterday had switched it all back to normal.

Think about what Google have for a second; Gmail, Google Chat, YouTube, Picasa and Android. Ready made parts of a Social Network that they’ve refined for years and have now decided to bring together. All of those products have been tried and tested, and are already doing a better job than Facebook have for a good few years now.

I haven’t used Google+ as much as I have Facebook in the past few days, but I’m definitely seeing comparisons to the early days of Twitter. I’m following people I don’t actually know that well, but while still being able to have my Friends in their own little circle.

People seem to share interesting content on there, instead of inane babble (not saying all of my Facebook friends do that, obviously) and I’m finding myself checking out my G+ stream over my Facebook one when I’m on my mobile.

Think what you will about Google, they are the best at whatever they do and this time they seem to have taken the best bits from Facebook and Twitter, added some Google magic and come up with a winner.

I’m not saying I’ll be deleting my Facebook account any time soon, but I’m definitely willing to curb my use of it in favour of G+, until something better comes along at least.