Infographic: How Does Facebook Hold Up Against Google+?

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We've written extensively about Google+, Google's new(ish) social network, here at The Atlantic Tech. In almost every story we've published, you can find mention of Facebook, Twitter or both. And that makes sense. While they haven't explicitly said as much, it's clear that Google+ was launched as a competitor to the big social networks. But how do they compare?

In this new infographic, SingleGrain takes a stab at comparing Facebook and Google+ on a handful of metrics. "Facebook is still dominating the social media market, but with the increased popularity of Google+, the battle for social media supremacy is heating up," according to SingleGrain. "Some people say Google+ has it all; that it is the perfect mix between Facebook and Twitter. Below are some side-by-side comparisons, including privacy, chat and friends, between Facebook and Google+."

Infographics are always a bit of a hodgepodge of statistics culled from a variety of sources. Here, we sort through the clutter and pull out some of our favorite facts and figures:

  • Google+ Hangout allows group chat with up to 10 people. There, users can leave video messages and whoever is speaking automatically gets the focus. Facebook provides XMPP or Jabber protocol, which is used to make custom chat applications for mobile.
  • Facebook's Like button has been installed 350,000 times. The social network accounts for 55 percent of all social site visits and 40 percent of daily Web traffic of all Internet users worldwide.
  • Facebook's audience is split pretty evenly, with 51.2 percent of users being male. Google+'s audience, however, is nearly 74 percent male.
  • Although Facebook still holds the lead in total users, Google+ is certainly catching up. Having recently removed the invite only status from their site, they now have more than 10 million users. The privacy controls and simple sharing tools could give Google+ an edge to draw in even more users if they can expand outside their current demographic.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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