Aside from gossip, neither network offers its own entertainment options, but both connect to game, music and video services.
Entertainment is central to Facebook. The service has fostered multi-billion-dollar game companies by offering users addictive titles such as “Gardens of Time,” “The Sims Social” and “Cityville” (the top three for 2011). Major music and video services also plug into Facebook. Signing up for free online Jukebox Spotify, for example, actually requires a Facebook account. Spotify and other services such as Rdio pump right into the status updates the name of songs that users listen to (if they enable it), so they can automatically show off their musical tastes.
Google+ is just starting with entertainment. It currently offers about 30 games, though the company says many more are coming as it’s working with publishers including EA, Kabam, Playfish, Rovia and Zynga. The only entertainment updates that Google+ can share so far are what someone watches on YouTube or listens to on the not-so-popular Google Music service.
It dominates a category that Google+ is just beginning to enter.