12 Most Obvious Reasons We are Flocking from Facebook to Google+

12 Most Obvious Reasons We are Flocking from Facebook to Google+

 
 
Google+ is nearly two-and-a-half years old now — the teething pains have gone and it is maturing into the place to be online.

It was something of a break of habit for me to make it my first place to go when I wake up but I have done it. I am far from alone. I am getting 20-30 times the engagement on an average post on Google+ compared with Facebook.

Here the 12 most obvious reasons for me that the “migration” is in full swing. I am sure that you will have some to add as well.

1. Google+ is beautiful

Especially on the iPad. Photos and GIFs are showcased in a way that makes it a total joy to peruse the stream of content.

2. Organization tools

Circle people, message circles and events that are actually seen by the people you invite to them. Ripples that show you who your key engagers and sharers are. Communities where you can divide posts into categories. I could go on and on.

In the past three weeks I have rolled the second, fourth and fifth biggest circle shares in Google+ history. The MegaBall. This has awakened interest in Google+ for thousands of people that are not regular users. Some of the people included in the MegaBall have reported increases in their Google+ follower counts upwards of 3,000 people in those two weeks. Circle shares are the most powerful networking tool available online right now.

3. Openness

I have 5,000 Facebook friends but the way Facebook is set up, barely any of them ever see my posts. On Google+ by comparison, posts are getting shared to a wide audience very quickly and when your post reaches What’s Hot it can be seen by tens of thousands. Facebook has a trending post as well that I see, which for the last six days in a row has been from CNet who presumably paid handsomely for this privilege.

4. Stickability

The ability to imbed posts into blogs and other websites means that posts can gain massive attraction for a prolonged period of time. They are open for public viewing with no limitations and rank well in Google search.

5. SEO

If you add a URL into your post, any +1s you get will be credited to that link. I am averaging around 7–8,000 +1s for my site each week. Enough said.

6. Hangouts

So much more social. Talking face to face with friends and sometimes new people is fun. The range of tools available for hangouts is incredible. Just by themselves, Hangouts are a reason to migrate!

7. Hangouts on Air

It is so much more effective to be able to have people actually watch and interact during the event on the event page. Now there are also Google Helpouts and Google+ will be a much more effective place to promote them. Being able to automatically archive the Hangout on Air in your YouTube account is wonderful.

8. GIFs and “AutoAwesomes”

Fun, lively and often fascinating. Seems so much more alive. My GIFs usually get shared a lot. Give the people what they want. I have no idea why Facebook does not allow them — people say it is for “security” but I do not understand this.

9. China

I am getting a huge number of Chinese circling me and engaging on my posts. There are a lot of people there, so think of the future. Will your brand want a presence in China? Do you need to be networking with people from there?

10. Circle sharing

This is networking on steroids and a major reason why I have been circled by around 35,000 people in the past 6 months.

11. YouTube and blog comments integration

When you comment on YouTube, now it is as your Google+ profile. People can easily find you and learn more about you — it is another way in which Google+ is becoming the center of our internet universe for many of us.

This week, I added the Evolve plugin to my blog and discovered maybe 10,000 conversation threads about my posts on Google+ that I did not even know existed. Every time somebody shares a post to Google+, the conversation happens right on my site. Facebook wanted the conversation happening in their place, but Google does not mind. I am now using Google+ as my default comment option and it is working great.

12. Facebook is greedy for money

Way, way, way too many ads — stifling posts by Pages unless you pay to promote them. Google on the other hand seems to keep improving the site and heightening the user experience by the week.

Are you seeing the same trend and feeling the same things? When we consider what will be the main place to get bang for your time o line buck in say two years time, surely Google+ is a no-brainer to switch your primary allegiance to right now.

Photo credit: Big Stock Photos

Michael Q. Todd

http://michaelqtodd.com

Michael is the author and daily updater of The 7 Pillars Book. This is a collaborative updating resource to enhance your online presence. His teaching will help you save time with and monetize your online efforts.

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17 comments
phinneganphipps
phinneganphipps

Ironically, Google+ just started trying to be more like facebook - limiting the number of contacts to 5000, censoring the contents of posts in favor of their corporate sponsors, formatting....


And Google & Facebook both decided to fund ALEC while the rest of America's corporations have been pulling out....


And Google's got Molinari on their payroll - words cannot convey my disgust & dismay with their decision to put right-wing extremists in such positions of power....


But leave it to me to make it political!

jonhaar
jonhaar

I have been on G+ pretty much from the beginning and I have to agree with each of your 12 reasons. I still maintain a FB account only because certain family members wont switch. I check my FB maybe 1-2 times a month. G+ interaction is much more engaging and alot less teen drama. 



PhilNolan3D
PhilNolan3D

Curiously there is no +1 button on this page.

r0xanne
r0xanne

So True!  You make friends that don't want to play games, but want to hold an actual conversation.  With Hangouts you meet face to face somewhat.  I finally said goodbye to Facebook at the beginning of the year.

angelamccall
angelamccall

Absolutely!!!!!! Google+ definitely ROCKS!!!! And your right their layout looks so much better in my tablet than Facebook. The year for Facebook is going down...down...down... Facebook will eventually will be just another MySpace lost in space never to return. It's just a matter of time....people keep switching to Google+. 

semjacobs
semjacobs

Hangouts and Communities are the two best features of Google+ and communities are some of the best found and far better than the groups on Facebook.

thefarmerslife
thefarmerslife

Good stuff!  I'm starting to see more interaction with my YouTube channel because of the interaction with G+.  Enjoy trying to keep up with your circle sharing too!

Vladmir Mednedev
Vladmir Mednedev

Very cool indeed,, you've given me one very good reason to go back to my Google+

phinneganphipps
phinneganphipps

Just Google PRWatch & ALEC - it's got Grover all over it!


AbundanceMktg
AbundanceMktg

@thefarmerslife Thank you so much. Am adding you to the MegaBall #5 because of your kind comments. Really appreciate it

AbundanceMktg
AbundanceMktg

@Vladmir Mednedev What was the reason you picked out?

PhilNolan3D
PhilNolan3D

@LucyChenFineArt Well nobody's used to something new they try. We all had to learn it. I think you'd like some of the art Communities. Google+ is especially geared towards artists.

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