The essential difference between Facebook and Google +, for me, is this: I am interested in what you post on Facebook because it’s you. We are (real) friends, family members or church members together. We have a real world connection that is typically not interest driven. I’m interested in you as a person. On Google Plus, I’m interested in what you post because it’s intrinsically interesting; it’s well said and an interesting topic to me. I typically don’t have real world relationships with folks I follow on Google +.
So, at least for me, there is no Facebook vs Google +. I’m happy to have two different places for these very different streams. I’ve seen various posts saying similar things but this really gained clarity for me when I add a circle someone had shared without sufficiently vetting it first. I’ve since “unfollowed” most from that circle. The quality of “the stream” is much more important that quantity. I scan through Facebook posts and pause briefly when my interest is piqued. I browse carefully through Google + post. This partly due to comments; they are often at least as interesting as the original post. This is inordinately rare on the web, especially comments on a blog/web page. Those a typically glib, inarticulate and brief. Not so with G+ users.
What’s your experience? Mileage may differ but I’m guessing you’re doing very different things on each platform.
A colleague of mine (Todd Quilici) brought me to this article on the Ultimate Battlefield 3. After installing some serious hardware and doing some serious hard work tweaking it, these folks provide a full on, completely immersive gaming experience complete with paint ball hits when you are shot. It’s absolutely, unequivocally amazing. Yeah it’s existing technology; no it’s not easily commercializable but it clearly provides a peek of the future holodeck. Wicked cool gaming.
Now think training. Driver’s Ed with a fender bender if you hit the car ahead of you. A scraped up door if you get too close to that dumpster. Now think flight simulators for pilots. They’re good now, but imagine the ability to change the view and plane behavior based on the pilots moving. The overall affect of turbulence could be enhanced as well.
Now back to the battlefield..