Facebook is one of the primary social networking sites in the world. With the option to upload pictures, write statuses, check in, kill zombies, and interact with anyone via chat or message, this website comes with many advantages.
However, in the past few months, the many modifications made to the profile and homepage on Facebook have caused stress for various users: having to readjust to the new site every time it changes makes it frustrating to use. As a result, many have turned to another social networking site: Google+.
Google+ claims to bring a lot more to the average social media participant: group video chat, an organized profile with the ability to display pictures and videos that interest the user, information about the user, among other applications.
For the average person in the social networking world, Facebook provides a familiar layout that makes it easy to use and navigate; however, with all the recent, constant renovations Facebook has done to the profiles and home page, the site is losing that quality of familiarity, causing some to doubt its attractiveness.
Google +, though it is something entirely new, offers advantages that Facebook cannot currently offer their users. The question is whether or not the public is ready to smoothly switch to another network; despite multiple adjustments, Facebook has been in use for over 5 years; many of today’s college students have had accounts for half a decade. Their lives from middle school to college are documented in pictures, wall posts, status updates, and relationship status history on Facebook. Are they ready to drop this social network all together for a new network, offering them a new tool from Google that allows them to do schoolwork and socialize more easily?
Both of Facebook and Google+ have plenty to offer: a chance to interact and share with your friends both locally and around the world. At this point, there are those who are sick of the constant modifications on Facebook and have converted to Google +. Then there are those who have stuck with Mark Zuckerberg’s site through thick and thin. And finally, there are those who, out of curiosity, are simply exploring something new, without leaving behind their old profiles.
Regardless of the reason, it goes without saying that the Battle of the Profiles will continue so long as people want to share their lives with their friends online.