Facebook vs. Google+: Which Social Network is Best?

Sharing Media

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.

Winner: Google+

Quality and easy archiving trump quantity.

Facebook vs. Google +

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  1. Adam Says:

    “But Facebook allows posting to only one of those groups per update.”

    That’s not true. I post to multiple friend lists all the time. Just select “Custom” and you’ve got much more powerful add/remove list options than Google+.

  2. MarcXW Says:

    Wow was this article biased,… BTW did you take into account the fact that Facebook has official mobile apps available on every platform??? Because Google + doesn’t. Facebook should win just for that.

  3. Sean Captain Says:

    Thanks for commenting.

    Adam, thanks for the tip.

    MarcVW, thanks for the input. Would you explain in more detail how you believe the article is biased?

  4. Ole Says:

    Good article. I find it hard to say that one platform is better than the other because that is not only a question about features and design. The kind of activity that is going on is also an important aspect of the “decision”. A few thoughts:

    - Many people will use both Facebook and G+
    - G+ and Facebook study eachother’s every move and it might very well be that they will end up looking more and more alike. Facebook’s implementation of the subscription feature is one example.
    - I believe that people in a few years time will start asking questions about what they really are getting out of the many hours they spend on social networks. What’s the return on social networking hours so to speak. The winner will be the one that helps people get more value for money. I’m leaning towards G+ on this end.

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