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Google Plus or Twitter, Which Do You Prefer? (Social Networking)
When it comes to social networking, internet marketer and business brands know that without networking on social websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn etc… they may be doing themselves an injustice if they don't ensure that they have a presence, voice, and audience out there.
Each and every one of us, especially those of us who are content marketers, have our favourite social networking sites, always preferring one over the others for many different reasons that depend largely on whichever niche we may be in.
Google Plus is an Internet-based social network website that is owned and operated by Google. With over 100 million active users, it launched with a lot of flourish as a possible competitor to Facebook.
Twitter, on the other hand, is one of the biggest social networking site that provides microblogging services that's communicated through short messages called tweets. With more than 300 million monthly active users worldwide, the age of Twitter users ranges between 18 and 70+.
Why I Joined Social Networking Sites
Though I have been into internet and affiliate marketing, and have been writing content online (trying to make money) for many years, I didn't know the worth of social networking until just a few years ago.
When I first started out online, I joined them all with the exception of Instagram and Google+ which never existed. But then, that was about it.
I didn't use or interact with anyone on the social networking sites I joined and was only there because - wasn't that what everyone else did?
I joined Facebook because everybody was on Facebook, signed up for Twitter because I loved its name, and joined LinkedIn because it appeared to be the ‘in thing’.
And later on, when Pinterest and Google Plus rolled-out, for almost similar reasons, I joined them too.
11 Reasons Why I Prefer Google Plus
Now, I have become quite active on Google+, Twitter, and much recently Facebook. I am not a great fan of Facebook because FB is majorly about communicating with family and friends. Who needs that when you see many of them all the time?
I don't want to share what I did last weekend, my latest selfies, the great pair of shoes I just bought, or where my family and I spent our last vacation.
So, now that I spend time only on Twitter and Google Plus, why do I prefer one over the other? And though I love being on Twitter and can say I spend more time on the site than I do on Google+, for many reasons, I still prefer G+ and these are the reasons why I do:
- I find G+ more organised. It’s so much easier to stick to your kind with circles and communities. I can interact solely with either of the two based on my topics or niches. I have found that this makes social engagement much easier to achieve.
- I’m not limited to a set number of characters as is the case with Twitter. I can post a whole page of content on Google+ if I wish (not that I do though, but I have the choice). A good thing though, Twitter at long last has relaxed its 140 character limit. Tweets no longer count toward our 140 characters. The sweet-spot for Google+ is between 500 and 1,000 characters.
- I don't feel obliged to follow on Google+ as I am made to feel on Twitter. Just because someone just followed me, they expect me to follow back. I have never felt the pressure to reciprocate on Google+ and I like that.
- It's a numbers game, in terms of followers on Twitter. Not so on G+. All that talk about being much better to have more ‘followers’ than 'follow' I find silly!
- It’s easier to get genuine followers on G+ and not just those who do it to increase the number of their followers which apparently 'shows-off’' their status in trying to increase their follower-ship numbers which must be higher than that of people they follow.
- On G+, people rarely if ever follow you and then unfollow you after you followed back. Am I making any sense? It’s been said that on Twitter, people will unfollow you just because they are miffed you didn't follow back!
- I received more shares and +1's on Google plus in a month than I get retweets from Twitter in six months no matter how much more time I spend networking on Twitter.
- I received more page views in only a few weeks than I've received from my tweets in a whole year. Each niche I’m in gets me more potential viewers/readers from Google+ than it does from Twitter. Getting your particular audience through those Twitter hashtags drives me nuts sometimes, especially since two or more hashtags are way too many.
- I find re-sharing on G+ ‘a breeze’ and you can be certain that those who should be reading or viewing my content are the people doing so. Thanks to circles and communities. And I haven’t even gotten into joining ‘Hangouts’ group yet!
- Shared posts don't just zip by only to be buried in the 'heap' of tweets and retweets within a short period of time, something about Twitter that I don't like. Google+ is so much more organised.
- G+’s interface has such great but simple features and is not so boxed in. It makes social networking sites like Facebook look like the archaic MySpace! Its layout and functionality are seamless and I even get to edit my posts.
Best of all, if you hate being crowded with your family, friends, office colleagues, pets, and all, milling around you and knowing your business, you'll feel more relaxed and kind of private on G+.
Sure, Google plus used to be described as a 'ghost town' in its earlier years but not anymore. However, 'ghost town' or not, I still prefer it.
Certainly, in my opinion, Google+ is so much fun to be on and it's a much beneficial Social Media site
However, I have a plus for Twitter. I can get current and worldwide breaking news and interact with people whenever I have the feeling to jaw-jaw on politics This I don't particularly get on Google+
So, join me on Google+ and be part of a more organised social networking fun!
Which of these social networking websites is your favourite?
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