I recently wrote a post on Google+ and its features. I specifically commented on the Circles feature, which allows you to easily share posts with specific groups of people, meaning I can share an article on running with my runner friends, and one on social media with my marketing friends, without sharing photos of a family holiday with everyone. This was a great feature and one I had said Facebook had been missing out on.
But Facebook heard us and has made a change…
Now posting different status messages to different groups of friends can be done quickly and easily with the click of a button.
However, it’s still not as good as Google+ Circles….yet…
In the new Facebook set up you can post messages to Public, Friends, Friends of Friends or else specific people. So not quite the same as dragging-and-dropping all your friends into different circles and being able to post specifically to them. With Facebook you will still need to type in each friend’s name individually in order to post to a particular subset of peeople.
But I don’t doubt that Facebook will make further changes to make it easier for us to create and share with different friend groups.
If Facebook implements the great features of Google+ it will be harder for Google+ to lure users away – most people already have all their friends on Facebook, so it’s easier to stay there than move away.
Places Changes To Keep Pace with Twitter
Facebook has also updated its Places feature.
Now instead of going into Places for a separate ‘check-in with message’, you can use the normal status posts to add a location to your message – similar to what Twitter have been offering for a while.
Again this is easy to use, and is built straight into the status update bar.
The iPhone app does not yet appear to have been updated to keep inline with the new web version, with Places still showing separately. However no doubt an update will be rolled out soon.
Facebook Video On The Changes
With new features constantly being rolled out on all fronts, the battle of the social networks continues, will you pick a side? or embrace them all?