With a madly growing trove of photos and videos (at the moment about 140 billion photos along), Facebook is a must-post location. But Google+ takes higher-quality uploads. This is a case where tech specs actually matter.
Facebook now allows sharing of pictures up to 960 x 720 pixels, about seven-tenths of a megapixel. That’s fine for viewing online, but not for archiving high-quality copies.
Google+ takes photos up to 2,048 pixels on each side—about four megapixels, assuming an unlikely square photo. But Google+ can also link to pictures on Google’s photo-sharing site, Picasa, where image size is unlimited. Picasa holds up to a gigabyte of large pictures for free, and renting extra storage is pretty cheap. So one upload takes care of archiving and social-network sharing.
Google+ also takes videos at up to the maximum HD resolution, known as 1080p. Each video can be up to 15 minutes long. Facebook limits video to 1280 x 720-pixel resolution and a 20 minute duration.
Quality and easy archiving trump quantity.