Dot Com Pho – Google+ Vs. Facebook Edition

You will not find a single thing about Pho and food on this edition of Dot Com Pho. That was because we were busy discussing something far more important: which was better? Google+ or the new Facebook? We weight the pros and cons of each social network to help you decide which one to go with. In addition to the battle for socia media, we also discuss why you should never start a business selling tarts.

In all, we had seven people attend Dot Com Pho. Ed would have been last again, but he called and said he couldn’t come because there were accidents on all three bridges heading into Vancouver. We find that very hard to believe. Also, he sounded like he just woke up when he called us at 1:30PM.

Anyone is welcome to join us for Dot Com Pho. It happens every Saturday at 12:30PM. Follow me on Twitter to find out the location, since we change up restaurant once in a while.

Happy pho

Happy Pho


67 thoughts on “Dot Com Pho – Google+ Vs. Facebook Edition”

  1. Hey John,
    I still think that FaceBook is the way to go for social network site. The majority of people have never even heard of Google + while even my grandmother knows about FaceBook.

    Google + is cool but it is as useful as twitter when it comes to getting traffic and getting new faces to my blog.

    1. Abhik says:

      That’s right.. Even my 6 year old niece have a Facebook account 🙂

      1. Erwin Miradi says:

        Yeah the kids here have Facebook account too. And talking about sharing posts and getting traffic, I think I still prefer Twitter to Google+ for now.

      2. @ Abhik

        I have doubt that 6 years old can have facebook accounts because facebook wont allow to register below 18 years or so.

  2. fazal mayar says:

    yes facebook is still the way to go but you can be surprised at g + and its usefulness for bloggers

    1. Totally agree. I’m still learning Google+ and think that the benefits are great. Who knows, maybe better for SEO as well 🙂

      1. fazal mayar says:

        yep, i share my posts whenever i use G + that can have good seo benefits

        1. Whitney says:

          Yea I do the same thing fazal!

      2. Abhik says:

        Well, I doubt that.
        It may proved as a traffic source, but no way gonna help in SEO.

        1. Erwin Miradi says:

          I agree with Abhik. G+ doesn’t help you in SEO, but it could be a good traffic source.

          1. I do not understand one thing, why people always started to think that any product from google will help their rankings.

            Same was the case with the google buzz as well.

    2. Yap..you are right. I am now learning about google+. Last week I got almost 200 visitor from google+..

      1. And how long they stay there or how many pages they visited or any bounce rate data ?

  3. Nazmul Alam says:

    I think facebook is better than google+, I still get good number of visitors from facebook but google+ is better for SEO.

    1. Abhik says:

      Can you please explain why Google+ is better for SEO?

      1. PPC Ian says:

        Eventually it is believed that +1s will be factored into Google’s organic (and potentially paid) ranking algorithms. However, I do not believe that is the case just yet. You can never get enough +1s soon enough in my opinion.

        1. Erwin Miradi says:

          Yeah. But I think Fazal was referring to post share using Google+ is good for SEO, which I think is not right. I don’t see any point in Google+ that will help the SEO for our blog.
          But yeah some people said that +1s for your links will eventually effects your rank in Google’s SERP, but no one ever proved that yet.

          1. Facebook is certainly the best for social networking.

            With so many people and all are interlinked to each other so beautifully that you should include facebook in your all campaigns.

      2. I think are is no reason..

  4. abdullah says:

    Ya really my friend the Facebook is better than google+ because facebook have many features more than google+ and fecebook have 7000 millions traffic daily approximately.

    1. Don’t underestimate the power of google+. They are new but, they proved they are powerful..

      1. @ Rajib

        You must be kidding. Even own engineer of google do not like Google +.

        Read this post – http://venturebeat.com/2011/10/12/google-engineer-slams-amazon-and-google-plus/

  5. Hey John,

    That was a fun discussion. I think the jury is still out. A lot of people seemed to hate the Facebook changes the day they came out but now that they learned more about them many seem to like the new stuff. FB seems to have borrowed an idea or two from Google+.

    Google+ is going to grow fast, especially with the yougest generation.

    Here is another video on this with you from a different angle and with parts of our discussion that aren’t on your video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnf5ph8Xxqw

    1. Dealbulous says:

      thanks for the video pal 🙂

    2. Thanks for share this video link..

      1. Facebook will rule the world and if you want to full out of it than you should start a facebook campaign for your blog or website.

        Do not miss it … Facebook is gold mine and many big players accepted it. Provided you do it professionally.

  6. Both social networking sites has the number of users they need and they both have strong points on why people should use them. If a site can combine all these things it will surely be a huge hit.

  7. As of right now I think Facebook is better but I think it is important to be in Google+ as well.

  8. In the long races over a few years, Google will + be # 1. They have more experts and more money to buy up the small social media and get more cliente that way.

    1. Dealbulous says:

      Yes, I agree with you! They are rich and better expertise IMO. In the long run, Google will overtake FB.

      1. Abhik says:

        Not going to happen in near future..

        1. Erwin Miradi says:

          Yeah it may not gonna happen soon, but it will.

    2. Yap.. totally agreed. Google can do everything to place on #1 position.

  9. fas says:

    I would say Twitter FTW!

    1. Abhik says:

      Twitter is indeed a great social networking platform, but not as good as FB.

      1. Erwin Miradi says:

        Yeah I’m still having a little bit problem in using Twitter, though most people really having fun with it and find it useful. But I still like Facebook better.

        1. If you spend more and more time on facebook than you like it … and if you will spend more time on twitter than you will start like that one as well.

          Twitter is so popular and I am sure there must be some reason of it.

  10. Dealbulous says:

    I have not seen any obvious benefits for SEO so far but I have began putting up Google plus button in all my sites since I heard news that it does affect SEO ranking in a way or another.

    But if I am Google, I will not give much weight for Google Plus for a start since they have just started and compared to back-linking methods, Google +1 seems easier to abuse since we can register several Google accounts easily and adding +1 using different proxies or locations.

    As for Facebook Like, I have seen that Facebook is starting to give lesser weight for Like and Recommend.

  11. zool says:

    Wow.. It look yummy but can’t take many..
    Not good for our health

  12. Shrikant says:

    This is kanure from mumbai. I don’t know G+. what is this?? But, facebook is best, G+ is new everyone.

    1. Dealbulous says:

      G+ is Google version of social network

    2. Abhik says:

      Haven’t you heard of Google Plus?
      https://plus.google.com

    3. Erwin Miradi says:

      I can’t blame you. Google+ is not yet as famous as Facebook or Twitter.

    4. Are you kidding?? Are you really from this World??

  13. Ryan D Ayres says:

    I guess I missed a great Dot com Pho! Always entertaining and thought provoking.

  14. Matt says:

    I think FB has a very wide reach right now. Even the baby boomers have embraced it. It will take awhile for google+ to catch up.

  15. I love Facebook, but that’s not to say that I won’t be trying out Google+, although it’s new and just developing.

  16. Justin Dupre says:

    Google+ still can’t compete with Facebook right now but give it enough time to grow and it will. Nice photos and video by the way.

  17. I like google because I have many friends up there,
    and in Vietnam, fakebook blocked by the network

  18. Abhik says:

    Well, how can they be compared?
    FB is well established and Google+ is yet to get out of invitation only status.

    1. Google+ is professional. Almost all geeks,bloggers already joined to google+. Facebook has lot more users but all are games,chatters. They are wasting their time for useless things. rarely they visit our websites, but google+ have targeted tech saavy audience. And user base is rapidly growing.
      Integrated solutions like upcoming GDrive will attract more people to g+.

      Summary:
      Facebook for Dummies. Google+ for Geeks.

  19. Facebook is still the number one site when it comes to social networking. However, when FB lowers it guard down, Google+ can overtake it considering the number of useful features that it offers as a free service to users. It would take some time though for Google+ to reach the point where Facebook is now today.

  20. abdallah says:

    very very good ….nice photos and videos

  21. Senadh says:

    Many people are tired of Facebook’s restrictions and hope Google plus will be a better option for many of them. Anyway nice article to read.

  22. PPC Ian says:

    Yum! The pho looks really tasty as always. Another great episode of Dot Com Pho. Go Google+ 🙂

  23. kavya Hari says:

    From small kid to old people are know about face book very well. Because it has an lot of advantages in it. And, Face book is one of the correct place to communicate with all the peoples in the wide. So, i would like to say thanks for given up here 🙂

  24. 3 attendees take the part in debate at very last. Otherwise its Michael or John’s voice.

    Nice to see that old face (seating just near to John). What’s his name ?

  25. Glass Vases says:

    So many people have built relationships on Facebook. Therefore even if G+ builds more features than Facebook in coming years, it is difficult to convince these people to migrate to G+. Also existing people with relationships work as a magnet attracting more people to Facebook.

  26. Erwin Miradi says:

    Well, I don’t think it’s about which social networking. It’s about being around the right people in social networking sites. If you’re selling the right stuff for the right people, you can get the most of it whether you’re in Facebook or Google+.

  27. Party Ideas says:

    My mouth is watering to see the above dishes……….Yuummmmmmmm

  28. this is the reason why Facebook doing lot of changes on the past few weeks.

  29. Cheolsu says:

    Facebook will continue to dominate in the coming year. Google Plus will also continue to improve it’s market share. Btw, I really love Vietnamese Pho. I at least have it once a day when I go to Saigon.

  30. I am sure that this was is going to be very interesting in a year from now. Google is already having 10s of their services and they have started to integrate all of them with G+, where as FB is nothing other than FB.
    Ultimately it will create more havoc by adding one more social networking platform.

  31. I think google plus will get more credits then facebook likes

  32. Google is losing tons of money trying to compete with Facebook in what facebook is strong at. Google definitely diversifies too much – I have both Google plus and Facebook, but Google Plus has too wide of a focus to attract people…

    … When you don’t use Facebook for business it mirrors what your real life friends and acquaintances. There’s more accountability, and a bigger need to remain True to your real circle, because they are the people you see on a daily basis – Google plus will wane just like buzz did…

    Whenever you create something with a hidden motive, that the purpose is not really for the betterment of the end user, but really to improve your ad structure’s demographics – the end user eventually feels used… So I think, as much as facebook is panicking – they have nothing to worry about… And we have plenty to gain from it all, competition breeds creativity…

    I still like Google+ though…

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