Once you start using Google Plus, you can see a lot of similar features between Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter. Once you get used to them, it will be easier to use Google Plus, almost immediately – if you have already used facebook and twitter.
I recently started using Google plus. I was reading the guide on how to get started with Google plus by Kristi Hines. It’s a fantastic post which can help you get started. While reading the steps and going through it and setting up my own Google Plus Profile, I couldn’t help notice the similarities Google Plus had with Facebook and Twitter. So I decided to write a post on explaining the similarities Google Plus has with Twitter and Facebook the most used social media.
The first similarity:-
The first similarity is adding people. In Google Plus, you select people and drag them to the appropriate circles. You have normally got four circles; friends, family, acquaintances and following. You can also create new circles by using the option on the far left.
This circles feature is similar to the list feature found in facebook, the only difference is that in facebook you need to create your own list. Another similarity is that people you add will not know which circle they have been added to just like in facebook lists. The similarity this has with twitter is that people don’t have to follow you back. In facebook once you add a friend they need to add you back so that the two of you get connected. In Twitter and Google Plus, when you add somebody they don’t have to add you back, you can follow whoever you choose and see what they share in their stream.
The Second similarity:-
The second similarity is the sharing options. When you look below each new post in your feed you have three options +1, comment and share. Comment and share are just like comment and share in facebook and the +1 is just like the “Like” feature in facebook. The +1 button you see on other websites is also similar to the like button, you have on other websites. When you +1 something you’re sending out the message that you like it and you want the people in the circles to know about it.
The third similarity:-
The third similarity is the sharing option. When you share something you can choose the different circles you want to share your posts with. This is just like in facebook; where you can choose the different lists you want to share your posts with. This way you can make sure that only the relevant people who might like and understand your posts will get to see them.
The fourth Similarity:-
Sparks is a feature which was originally started by Google plus, using which you can subscribe to websites you find interesting. This way when something new is posted on the website, you’re automatically alarmed about it on your Google Plus profile. Facebook has plans to introduce a similar feature – using this feature you can subscribe to latest posts and updates on other websites.
The profile settings on all these social media are almost the same.
Google Plus has a chat feature which is similar to the facebook and Gmail chat.
The notification button on the top right is just like the notification buttons on the top left in facebook.
Once you take a note of these similarities, it becomes easy to operate on Google Plus. Google Plus becomes as easy to use as Facebook and Twitter.
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Mitt Ray – has written 132 posts on this site.
Mitt Ray is the Founder of Social Marketing Writing and the Director of imittcopy (The White Paper Blog). He is also the author of the book White Paper Marketing. Connect with him on Pinterest and Twitter @MittRay.