What Does the New Facebook Interface Mean for Google+?

by Guest Author on October 5, 2011

in Facebook, Google+, Guest Posts

As a Facebook user, you’ve probably noticed by now that Facebook has launched a new newsfeed interface as of last week. For many Facebook users, this came as a shock and even an unwelcome interruption.

The new Facebook newsfeed interface shows top stories that you may find interesting and also has a side bar newsfeed that updates your friends’ activities in real time. The purpose of the new newsfeed is to help you keep tabs on important friends, no matter how often you log in to Facebook. The interface has changed from the traditional newsfeed to a predictive newsfeed, showing top stories that may be the most important to you.

Many users don’t appreciate the fact that what you see on Facebook will depend on how often you visit. In the old Facebook interface, you would see Top News and Most Recent news in your newsfeed. But now, Facebook has combined two of those features into one newsfeed. What you see in your newsfeed will depend on how often you log in and interact on Facebook.

If you don’t log in very often, you will probably see top stories from the last time that you logged in the next time that you use Facebook. If you log in to Facebook often, you will see the most recently posted stories first of all.

More than a few Facebook users were unhappy with these recent newsfeed changes. Especially since other tech websites predict that these changes are only the beginning in the Facebook overhaul.

If you’ve logged into Facebook lately, you may have noticed that quite a few users have been threatening to quit Facebook altogether and move on to the competitor Google+. This could be the opportunity that Google+ has been waiting for to take the lead over their biggest social media competition.

But not so fast… Even though users are complaining, Facebook has grown to over 750 million users in June 2011. Facebook is expected to earn over $4 billion this year alone, doubling their reported revenue from 2010. So Facebook is hardly suffering in the face of this user backlash.

Google+ has responded to the Facebook changes by making their social media service open to the public with invitations no longer required. Google+ also introduced several new interactive features called Hangouts Extras. These features allow for screen sharing, Google docs sharing, and Sketchpad sharing.

So what do you think as a Facebook user? Are the changes in your favorite social network too much, or do you like the new Facebook interface? Do you think this is the right time to move on to Google+?

Guest article written by: Joel Newman is a freelance writer experienced in Internet marketing and social media marketing. For more information on top registry cleaners to speed up your PC, you can visit Joel Newman’s Registry Cleaner website.

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