Social networks are evolving before our eyes. The changes are often subtle and hidden.
Facebook is still the defacto social network with over 900 million users. To make money though it has no other option but to monetize the stream called the Timeline. This puts a lot of clutter onto the screen. Facebook has also admitted that it hasn’t got its mobile strategy and platforms positioned to take advantage of the explosion in mobile from iPads to Androids and the recently announced Microsoft mobile tablet “Surface“.
This gap in their plans was seen more clearly when they paid a premium price of $1 billion for the mobile photo app Instagram to secure a mobile online asset as a beach head.
Google doesn’t really care about monetizing Google+ because it makes its money elsewhere. This is creating a “pure” social network.
- Mobile advertising revenue in the last 12 months was $2.5 billion
- Search Advertising revenue in total is $38 billion
Facebook’s total revenue stream is from paid advertising and the monetizing of social games on Facebook and last year totaled $3.7 billion according to Forbes. That keeps the comparison between Facebook and Google in perspective.
The Philosophy of the Social Networks
In viewing the philosophy and personas of the the top three social networks they are all taking and staking different positions online.
- Google sees Google+ sees it as the core to its online properties. This can be seen with the Google+ button on almost all its online properties from Gmail to Google”Reader”. Google is about relevancy and user experience.
- Facebook positions its social network platform as being about people’s identity. The “Timeline” update further reinforces this position as it allows you to update your life history and place it with the appropriate date stamp in your timeline stream.
- Twitter sees itself as about “Events”. Breaking news and events globally in real time but keeping its charm and interface simple.
The challenge that most Facebook users face with other social networks is raised as a firstly as a matter of time and secondly why change when most of their friends already hangout on Facebook.
So what are some tips, resources and insights in to how to use Google+.
This is a good overview of the advantages of Google+ from the PC World online blog. It looks at
- Integration with Google’s other online assets and services
- Its inproved data protection and privacy features over Facebook
- The power of “Circles”
This resource provides a good introductory overview of how to get started on Google+ By Angela Stringfellow on the Unbounce.com blog.
It covers key features and functions in an easy visual format.
- Google+ brand pages
- The Google+ button
- Google+ hangouts
This is an extensive list of resources from A Brighter Web blog, that will have you viewing videos for days. If I don’t see your comments below I know where you have gone.
It includes video tutorials for using Google+ including
- An overview of Google+
- How to add text to a video
- How to share images from Gmail
- How to format your posts with bold and italic
#4. Guy Kawasaki on Google+
Guy Kawasaki is someone I have followed online for quite a while now and I have adapted and used his approach and philosophy to social media especially in regards to Twitter. Guess what they worked and that is why you are maybe visiting this blog today.
This is a short video with his insights.
This is how he sees the three major social media networks.
- Twitter as about news
- Facebook about friends and Family
- Google+ is about passion and strangers
He has released a book on Google+ called “What the Plus! Google+ for the rest of Us”
#5. Chris Brogan on Google+
Chris has become an evangelist for Google+ and here is an infographic that highlights the use of Google+ for business.