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6 reasons to switch from Facebook to Google+

Last updated on: July 21, 2011 18:40 IST

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Satish Kumar. Tech2Date.com

There are heaps of reasons to switch from Facebook to Google+ starting from user-friendliness to high data privacy. Let's take a brief look at some of them. Also, find out how you can migrate from facebook to Google+ if you have started liking Google+ more than Facebook but don't know how to move all your information from it to the new social networking site.

If you are comparing Google+ with Facebook, you are making a mistake. Google+ was launched by Google to give the company a whole new identity and comparison therefore should be between Facebook and Google on the whole.

Although its true that Facebook has built a huge reputation for itself over the years but considering the newest in-line features of Google+, people may get attracted more to Google than Facebook.

1. Google services integration

Integration is one of the biggest cards that Google has in its hands to win over the audience. Now, you might be wondering what this 'integration' is? It's nothing but all of Google's existing online services like Gmail, Docs, search features are combined on to a single platform in Google+ and you can do everything on the same site.

Earlier people faced the inconvenience of having to switch from one site to another while switching from mailing to surfing the net to social networking. Google+'s services integration has taken care of that problem now.

Courtesy: Tech2date.com

Sathishkumar is a full time blogger from Salem and owns Techiemania and a few other web sites and blogs.


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2. Manage your friends more efficiently

The 'Circles' concept of Google+ is far more comparable to our real life friend circles than the 'ad hoc' group concept of Facebook. Everyday, we interact with hundreds of people but not always in the same way.

Google+ lets you create different circles to which you can add different people you want. For example, you can create one circle for your family, one circle for your work people, one for your old classmates and as many as you want.

The biggest touted perk is that you can share the things with the circle that you want and the other circles won't ever know of it.

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3. Better mobile apps

Google+ has a lot better apps for Android users, rather than Facebook. You will find that it's a lot more easier to get stuff on your Google+ profile than it ever was on Facebook.

The huge Android user database that Google has, is likely to be used by the company in the battle against Facebook.

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4. Share more easily on Google+

This time Google has done something that Facebook will not be able to do, with Google+ Spark.

When you are networking on Facebook, you often have to leave the site for finding shareable information with your friends. Google+'s Spark is an instant solution to that problem.

Google has optimised its search engine to provide instant search for finding stuff you wanna share. Since Facebook doesn't have a search engine, it is obvious that this feature can't be provided by Facebook.

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5. Data can be reclaimed

Facebook is seen as a poor steward of personal data but Google+ has a better hand in this area.

On Facebook, you are made to make all your personal data public and also its very hard to permanently delete a Facebook profile. Google+, on the other hand, allows you to pick up all the data you have put on the profile and just walk away.

This is done by a tool called 'Data Liberation', another clever trick from Google+ to hook up customers.

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6. Better hangouts

Google+ provides better hangouts than Facebook with its group video chat.

You can chat with up to ten people in the group video chat option. Forming ad hoc groups to have a little chat with people you know seems a little too fun.

Have you made your switch from Facebook to Google+? Do share your thoughts with us, via the comments section below.

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How to migrate from Facebook to Google+

Have you started liking Google+ more than Facebook and you don't know how to move all your information from it to the new social networking site? If yes, then no need to worry any more. Here we have some easy tips for you to migrate from Facebook to Google+ account.

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How to export Facebook information

First you need to download your Facebook information completely. For doing this you have to log into your Facebook account and then go to account settings section.

It is in the top right corner of the page. There you have to click on 'learn more'. It is next to the 'download your information'.

Next, enter your password and click on continue. Facebook system will send an email to you once the download is ready. Click on the link given in the email and a zip file will be downloaded containing all your files. After the downloading is completed, extract the files and open index.html file to check whether all the information is there.

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How to import photos

Google+ uses Picasa photo albums and you need to downlaod Picasa first. After Picasa is downloaded and installed, open it and add Facebook photos folder to it. Before importing you need to scan the folders once with Picasa itself.

After importing the photos, find the relevant albums and select it to sync with web. It is on the right side of the window.

Next, a pop-up window will come up asking you to sign in to web albums. Here you have to sign in with your Google+ account. One more pop-up will open verifying your upload settings. You change the settings here and modify it according to your liking. Also, to avoid being asked every time, you have to check the box -- 'use the above settings'.

It is recommended that you keep the new album visibility as default private. Later you can change the settings from your Google+ account.

After doing this go back to Picasa and click their Sync. The photos from the album will now be uploaded in the background.

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How to share photos on Google+

Once your photos are uploaded on Google+, you need to log in there and click on photos icon on the top banner. Navigate through the photo albums on the left. Open the albums that you had uploaded little before and click on share album button at the top.

Its done now. Your photos are now made public.

If you don't want it to be public then remove the Public Circle and add your own choice. Both will make a post in your stream but the visibility will be according to your settings. If you don't want it to be in the stream then you can change it by clicking the edit button in the main album page.

Share it with only people you trust because the person can re-share your photos.

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How to import your videos

Find the videos folder from Facebook export that you downloaded little before. Log into Google+ and click videos on your profile. There you need to click on upload new videos and drag videos from your system to the browser. After doing this you can name the video album, create it and also share it.

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How to import Facebook friends

For this you need to open login.yahoo.com and sign in with your Facebook account. You can also sign in here with your Yahoo account if you have any.

Next you have to confirm access there and sign in with Facebook account. After this go to address.yahoo.com and click on tools > import.

Here you will get a Facebook option. Select the option and confirm the access. The contacts will start getting imported to it automatically. After the contacts are imported, export it to a .CSV file from the tools menu.

Export it to Microsoft Outlook in your system and save the file.

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Next, you go to Gmail and click on contacts after logging into it. There you have to click more actions > import.

Find the .CSV file and select for importing. Import the contacts in a new group there and then again go to Google+. There you see the new contacts under find and invite. Now you add friends to your Circles and start sending invitation to all of them if they are still not on Google+.

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