About a week or so ago, Facebook, which we have all come to know and love, changed its face. This is not all too uncommon for the social media giant. They update their interface all the time to keep people interested and prevent their users from getting bored with the way things are. However, I have noticed a trend; every time Facebook makes an update, the majority of users whine and complain about how they do not like change. They complain the old Facebook was fine the way it was and they whine that change is bad. This is not all I have noticed about most Facebook updates. About a week or two after each update, people start to realize change is good and that they enjoy the new update.
Around the same time as the most recent Facebook update, a new social media competitor made its official release. Google+ has been around for a while now in its prototype stage, but just recently they opened it up to the public. I created a Google+ account to see if it was in fact a better alternative to Facebook. I did this because I think it is a great thing to have multiple types of social media. However, after messing around with Google+ for a little while, I have yet to see anything that makes it better than Facebook. I may be wrong, and Google+ may in fact be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but until someone can prove it to me I will stay loyal to Facebook.
One of the funniest things I have heard people give as an argument for Facebook being bad and Google+ being the best thing ever is that Google+ is simple and Facebook makes too many changes. I guarantee you that during the next year Google+ will make many updates. Users of this ever-so-amazing new social media website will cry and whine about how they liked it how it was and that they do not like change in their lives. Well, I am here to tell you fine people that change is good. Change is what keeps us sane in this crazy world. Social media websites update themselves all the time in order to prevent their users from complaining that nothing is changing and they are getting bored using their site. However, when they finally do update their websites those same picky users complain that they update too often. The only way I can explain this is people cannot be satisfied about anything in life, especially social media. They are always trying to make things better with no possible perfection to achieve.
My evidence for why Facebook will not become extinct with the emergence of Google+ is Twitter. Twitter was the next big thing. It was the previous holder of the best thing ever title. Everyone said it was so cool and that everyone would stop using Facebook and switch to Twitter. Now you do not even really need your own Twitter account to get Twitter feeds. You can see your favorite artist’s tweets from your Facebook account. The two social media sites simply worked together to make a user friendly, ever-so-hated update to Facebook’s website — an update that I, and most others, came to really enjoy. Google+ may be the next big thing but Facebook is here to stay.
I am not trying to argue that Google+ is a terrible website that will fail miserably. What I am trying to tell you is that you should not just jump on the Google+ bandwagon, leaving Facebook in the dust. Facebook will be around for a long time to come. Google+ may be a worthy opponent to Facebook’s success, but by my predictions in a year or two people will have both a Facebook and Google+ account and it will be up to the individual to determine which one they like more. I encourage you to go online and sign up for Google+ and try it out for a bit. It is only fair that you give it a chance and see if you indeed like it better. Once you have played around with it, make your decision as to whether you want to only use one social media site or use both of them. As for me, I think I will stick to good old Facebook for now and hope it does not let me down.