The status update is the raison d’être of social networks, and both Google+ and Facebook provide easy but powerful ways to share the right info with the right people. Each also offers its own special features.
The basic method is the same. Type something and/or click to select media, such as a photo. Then decide who sees it: Both networks make that easy with drop-down lists of friend groups that users have created. But Facebook allows posting to only one of those groups per update. Google+ allows showing posts to multiple friend Circles at the same time.
Google+ also provides more ways to customize a post. While both networks let users delete an update, Google+ also allows people to re-edit a post after it’s gone up. It also automatically shortens web links in posts to eliminate clutter. One click adds a link to videos from Google’s YouTube.
Facebook’s cool special features include allowing people, using the Timeline view, to tag an update as a specific life event, with icons such as “Family & Relationships” or “Travel & Experiences.” Facebook also allows users to say what friends are with them or somehow connected to the post—cool or creepy, depending on how friends feel about others posting about them.
The basic posting process is about the same for both networks. And each network’s special features balance out the other’s.