by J. Rae Chip

<<Updated March 7, 2013 because both social media networks have changed.>>

Google Plus was created over a year ago, claiming to be the haven for photographers. Now they are trying to branch out and become more appealing for everyone. As a young network, there is still a lot that can be done to improve the social media platform, but it seems to be viable competition to Facebook. 

The site preferred by the author of this blog is indicated by italic letters.
         

"You Might Like"


Trending




Photo Albums






Photos and Text











Noise Control










Pornography Control










Spam Control








Hangouts


Chat






Blocking






Lists / Circles



Unfollow / Mute Post



Advertisements



Game Requests



Private Messages



Finding Old Posts




Post / Photo Creation Date



Share a Post Directly with User




Change Visibility of Post


Search Function


Location Data



Mobile App



Friend Requests



Cover Photo

Groups / Communities




Events




Facebook
Recommends things the user might like in the form of ads based off web traffic. 

Does not have the feature.

Photo albums are nicely organized, easily renamed and re-organized without going to another site to do it. Re-sharing a photo that was previously uploaded does not create a new copy of it and muck up the photo album.
When a photo is shared, the text from the post stays with the photograph. The caption of the photo becomes the post (or vice versa). People who post words that are important to the photo like this feature.
Openly uses an algorithm that filters out certain posts, only showing users what the algorithm thinks the user wants to see. This means that they don’t see everything from the pages they “like” unless the page owner or poster pays a fee of $49.99 to get the post seen.
Lets the user choose which shared content he/she sees in the stream and which don't show up. User can turn off movies, status updates, photos, or likes etc. and only view what he/she wants to view from certain people instead of every public aspect of their lives.
Users can flag something as inappropriate, and the Facebook team then reviews it and decides if it is inappropriate, after thanking the user for their input. Material is not immediately taken down.
Users can flag something as spam, and the Facebook team then reviews it, after thanking the user for their input. (Not immediately taken down). 
They also seem to use an algorithm to look for repetitive comments, duplicate posts, deletes them, and then the post originator can say they're not spam to reinstate them. 
Limits the number of comments a person can initiate in a day, and the number of times something can be posted on an individual's wall.
Does not have hangouts.
Can be invisible so that one can be on Facebook without having chat pop up.
Users can choose only some of their friends to see in the chat.
When one user blocks another user, the blocked is not visible in the stream of the blocker, nor can they chat. The blocked cannot see anything the blocker posts, nor does the blocker see anything the blocked posts. 
Blocked cannot chat with the blocker.

Lists can contain more than 500 things or people in them, and can be shared or subscribed to.
Some posts can be unfollowed, but not all of them.
When a person mentions you in a post you unfollowed, you get notified of it.
Advertisers have ads along the sidebar, and in the stream via pay per click or sponsored posts. Ads tailored to user interests.
Get notifications about game requests unless you block the game or block requests from that person.
Stored in one specific place, making it much easier to find conversations had there.

The timeline setup lets users go back and find any specific post they want to find without having to run a search for it.

On the timeline, you can back-date the upload to match the time when the photograph was taken / when the post was made.
In order to share a post directly with people, the user must tag them in the post.

Once a post is created and shared, user can change with whom it is shared by switching between friends, acquaintances or public etc. 
The search feature works pretty well.
Location data can be placed in the post when it is uploaded from a computer, and not just from mobile phone snaps.
Mobile app works pretty well. Users can use almost every feature from mobile.
Friend requests are kept separate from other notifications, allowing users to see each person who adds them and decide if they want to add them back.
The cover photo is made to fit a normal panorama aspect photograph.
About the same as Google+
Events are well organized, and photographs can be added to the event without making the user’s album and followers’ streams look cluttered with duplicates. Text can accompany the photo to add an explanation.
Events are kept and organized internally to Facebook.
Google+
Recommends popular things the user might like, based on what the user posts about. 
Great way to see current events that the community is talking about, including news or tech. 
Terrible! Plagued with mandatory duplicates - every time a photo is re-shared, it duplicates it and puts into a new album. Glitches, photographers forced to jump through hoops to organize them on a separate site.
When a photo is shared, the photo and the post are treated as two separate entities, and the text gets lost in the black hole while the photo remains visible in the light box.



Passively filters streams by allowing users to place a photographer in circles and then control the volume of those circles in the stream.


Doesn’t let the user choose certain posts of some people. User sees every aspect of the public lives of those whom he/she follows, leading to a very noisy stream.



Users can flag something as inappropriate, and it is immediately taken down. The poster can request a review, which is allegedly done by a person on the Google+ team.
Users can flag something as spam, and the Google team then reviews it, after thanking the user for their input. (Not immediately taken down). 
They also seem to use an algorithm to look for repetitive comments, duplicate posts, deletes them, and then the post originator can say they're not spam to reinstate them (or request review). 
Limits the number of comments a person can initiate, and the number of people a person can add per day.
Has hangouts.
Can be invisible so that one can be on Google+ without having chat pop up.
Users can choose only some of their friends to see in the chat.
When one user blocks another user, the blocked is not visible in the stream of the blocker, nor can they chat. The blocked cannot see anything the blocker posts, nor does the blocker see anything the blocked posts. 
Blocked cannot chat with the blocker.

Circles can be shared, but cannot contain more than 500 people in them. Cannot be subscribed to.
Any post can be muted and no longer seen.
When a person mentions you in a post you muted, you no longer get notified of it.
No paid advertisements, but Google promotes some posts or people for free. Ads tailored to Google's interests.

No game requests. Ever.


Private messages get lost in the soup, making it necessary to search for them.
It keeps some of the most recent posts in chronological order, but then after a certain date, looking for any past post proves fruitless because they’re in a random order.

The date cannot be back-dated to match the time of creation.

User can share a post directly with people by placing their name in the bar, tagging them in it, or by sending an email to the circle.

Once a post is created and shared, user cannot change with whom it is shared.


Terrible! Google should be embarrassed of it.
Location data can only be uploaded from a mobile phone post and not from a post uploaded from the computer.
Mobile app does not work well; users cannot use a lot of features from mobile.
When people add user, the latest 9 of them show up in the user's notifications, so the user may miss it when important people add him/her.
The cover photo is huge ... like MySpace huge (if you want it to be).
About the same as FB.
Events are more aesthetically pleasing, but uploading photos to them is a complete mess! Duplicates appear in the uploader’s albums, their followers’ streams, and text cannot accompany the photo.
Events are kept and organized on Google+ and also uploaded to Google Calendar.
 


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