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There have been several articles on the topics of Facebook vs. Google+ and which one will dominate, but I wanted to get the thoughts from the Inbound.org community. Do you think Google+ will ever be the dominate social platform that Facebook currently is, or do you think Facebook is so powerful that they and Google+ will coexist as two powerful social platforms?
Originally I would say they would coexist but with so many brands leaving Facebook, so will the people.
Facebook won't go down as fast as MySpace went down, but give them 4-5 more years and they will be done.
I was a HUGE Facebook guy but the Google Authorship is what made me not use Facebook as much. That being said, to us marketers Google+ makes complete sense. However, to others there is no point in leaving Facebook so I'm going to say they will coexist.
I connect pretty heavily with my friends/family on Facebook and I don't see those personal relationships moving to Google+ unless their entire business side collapses so hard they shut down personal usage.
Totally agree that for the foreseeable future they will coexist, though their target use for most of us will get further away from each other. ie. Facebook for personal and G+ for professional... I think that raises an obvious question though; will LinkedIn Group users flock to G+ Communities? I'd reckon there's a good chance of that.
I'm with Georgiana. Google+'s attractiveness to professionals means its more of a threat to LinkedIn than it is to Facebook, especially with the introduction of Communities.
Great point Mark. Google communities really has taken Google+ to a new level. I also like what Hyrum said, to anyone that knows technology and truly knows what is better, Google+ makes sense. However, to the rest of the world they see no point in moving over. The only way I see Facebook leaving is if they continue to screw over their users like they are starting to do.
I don't think Google+ and Facebook are mutually dependent on each other for anything. I feel like G+ was created as a first step for Google to humanize the web by having a channel for people to identify themselves and the actions they take online.Also, people behave completely different on G+, FB, and Twitter. For now, I prefer the way people behave on G+ compared to FB. In fact, I haven't engaged on FB since July. So yeah, I think they can coexist as long as they both serve a couple specific purposes that are inline with the way people behave.
I agree with David that Google+ and Facebook are not mutually dependent on each other. I think G+ has been a slow burner that is gradually picking up pace; especially with the value of authorship. I also use G+, Facebook and Twitter very differently, so i don't think it's about one or the other.