Unveiled by Google in an invite-only testing phase on June 28, 2011, the long awaited social networking product Google+ is becoming a rival to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and attracting serious attentions of not only experts but also users.
The company’s top secret social layer that integrates different Google social services like Google Profiles and Google Buzz has some new interesting features including Circles, Hangouts, Sparks and Huddles. Particularly, it is available as an application on Android and iOS operating system.
Groups, video chat, News feed, link-sharing and group texting, etc, in Google Plus, however, are not such big chances that people abandon Facebook, Twitter or LInkedIn unless they really dislike these networks.
It is said that Google Plus’s looks and functions are a lot similar to that of Facebook, which has more than 750 million active users as of July 2011, and the new service hardly persuade Facebook users to create Google Plus accounts.
This article concentrates on ten notably similar features between Google Plus and Facebook.
A small box in the right corner of two posts allows you to like them or report them as spam, etc
The news feed of the two social networking sites itself looks almost exactly the same
Google Plus copied the Facebook’s nested comment structure, creating same buttons "Like", "Comment", and "Share" underneath the images
Profiles of the two social networking sites are nearly identical, from friend icons to occupation, education, and tabs, etc
Google Plus and Facebook have similar settings menus, in which Circles = friends
Perhaps, Google Inc. forgot that Facebook killed function "Looking For"
The area underneath a user’s profile picture
Google Plus’s Streams are just updated versions of Facebook Lists, an easy way to view updates from people within a group you make
The Notifications drop-down is exactly the same
It is claimed that Facebook stole chat from Google, but Google also stuck chat inside its social networking product