Zuckerberg on why Facebook is better than Google+

By on July 7, 2011
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Facebook CEO believes Facebook will be hard to defeat because unlike Google, it is their sole business.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been pretty mum on Google+, despite having a profile page on the website with more followers than Google’s own CEOs. However, at the Facebook-Skype video chat reveal yesterday, Zuckerberg did address questions pertaining to Google+, though choosing to beat the path as indirectly as diplomacy would allow.

When asked about Google+ by Mashable’s Ben Parr, Zuckerberg said, “I’m not going to say a lot about Google+, we’ve all only spent a little time on the service….The last five years have been about connecting people, the next five years are about connecting apps. We’ll see a lot of companies who haven’t looked at social begin to build it into their apps. Not just Google. Netflix is a good example, they’ve talked openly about wanting to be more social…I view this as validation of how this is going to play out over the next five years. Every app is going to be social. If we build the best service, there’s massive value there. If we don’t, somebody else will.”

During the rest of the event though, Zuckerberg and other staff members gave why reasons why Facebook would still have the edge in the long run. For one, the company believes that its singular focus on the business, unlike Google which has its hands on multiple projects, will allow them to do better work. Another reason given was that Facebook allows users to see which group they belong in, something which Google+’s Circle doesn’t yet. Facebook also chose to wave off Google+’s triumph card feature called Hangout which allows users to do a group chat. “Vast majority of chat is 1 to 1 today,” said Zuckerberg.

However, the biggest reason was given by Philip Su, the engineer behind Facebook’s video chat – everyone’s already on Facebook.


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