Facebook is where my less than technologically capable friends/family are. Google+ is where my techie friends are headed. I will utilize both to address each groups tendencies. I believe that Facebook will simply use Google+ as "Facebook Labs" when it comes to developing new functionality and they should start on imitating circles. (I had many graduate students this past quarter with multiple Facebook accounts just to address differing friendship needs.)
Will people be willing to manage two social networks long-term? Google hopes so.
Will Google ever get to the numbers that Facebook has? No. (800 million and growing)
Each network serves different targets.
For now, I still using both and try to use it in difference way.
Facebook still good for me with the "chat&messages;" function
because it's the only "chat" service that I'm using now.
Google+ still "niche" in my country and also in my social circle.
I've got only close friends on the "friends" circle then I start using
my Google+ as a "daily diary" because I feel free when I'm writing
diary and "only" my close friends can read it.
Although I may be personally pretty biased to a Google vs. Facebook battle, or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb..."
For me, Facebook has evolved from social circle news feed more into a PR/fan page tool. From using Google+ it seems Google focuses on the counter of Facebook's changes - especially with increased care to what you're sharing with who and which group.
I'm thinking that Google+ addresses my desire to share interesting things I find online or in real life with exactly the right group. Twitter fulfills my public share-all needs, just fine.
I believe both have their place. People will chose their favorite platform for certain messages. People will choose between the two for family, close friends, acquaintances, business contacts, brands, social obligations and more. Once brands are able to get involved in Google+, the landscape could change dramatically. One thing is constant...and that is change!
I used FB for years and deleted the account 3 months ago. I think I'll never be back. Nonne of the networking did there worth a penny. Google+ right now isn't able to use your Google Apps account so may knowing is from what I read about it. If you use tools as Twitter -quite more interesting for networking- and post in Tumblr or Blogger your social identity I think is more valuable to others than to simply use your social profile in FB or G+.
It also depends on what you value in design, engineering, or a combination of the two.
Google has always been an engineer driven company. They believe most problems can be solved with an algorithm, then bring in the designers to stylize the offering.
Facebook has been making great strides lately to bring designers on board and to the front of product development. They're hiring (or buying) great design (Couch, Felton, etc.) Their designers have a bigger role in product development. The Like button being one of the most visible, but the newly debuted Timeline was a result of recent design hires.
So, if you want a product that is a workhorse and can solve your problems - although it may take a while to figure out how - G+ may be the way to go. If you want evolving products with forethought to user value - but carry privacy and constant Terms of Service changes - Facebook is still for you.
Neither. Facebook offends the eye with it's pure user experience, and an ain't o be everything whilst actually being nothing more than a poor event planning tool. Google+ doesn't have enough of my network on there to be useful yet, but it's design is very interesting. I use Twitter, Sina Weibo and LinkedIn
Completely different services, with completely different problems too. This makes it difficult to prefer one over the other.
Google + has a very often quoted problem of having "nobody's there!" and with facebook being the opposite "anyone can see anything, if they're smart enough".
I think I would prefer google+ if my immediate social circle and family members were on the platform, otherwise sadly it is facebook.
While the world at large thinks that Google+ was build to compete against Facebook, I think they could be two completely different things. Like what Steve Jobs has often said, if you ask people their views about something, they will contextulise it with another thing they are familiar with. So G+ gets compared to FB, when they could actually be two completely different things.
I have a G+ account that I have used often, but most of my non-geeky friends are on FB. So if I have to be part of the wider conversation, I have to be active on Facebook more than on G+ at the moment.
David Armano wrote about how G+ is going to be a social layer and not a social network and I see this happening in some places already. Like being able to create Hangouts while watching YouTube. So there are some unique things that G+ has and they may evolve to become big when the wider world is able to have access to it...
Just like Myspace once ruled the online social media world, the key to staying in the game is keeping it simple offering a niche value. For now Facebook is the leader; I actually prefer LinkedIn for building my professional network and dedicate the most "social" time there for business purposes. I last heard Google+ is by invitation only, so it should take a long while to organically grow beyond the levels of Facebook. In the music industry there are SO many digital marketing tools that it's all sometimes a bit overwhelming. P.S. I was invited to join Google+ but haven't yet!