Facebook Chat & Other Problems: Push Users To Google+

We have been checking out Google+ over the last week or so and we are pretty impressed with it so far. More and more people are joining up to the new social network and we are now wondering if Facebook’s Chat and other problems will push their users to Google+.

There was an article added to OSM recently where we were talking about Facebook’s changes to chat and let’s face it… The changes really aren’t very good are they? The feedback we have received has been all negative and normally we would take this with a pinch of salt as people simply don’t like change, but on this occasion Facebook we feel has certainly made a boo boo.

When we were talking about Facebook chat, we noticed that not all of the people that are online actually appear in the list. Also, if you want to see people whose name appears further down the list alphabetically then you can’t! Facebook’s sidebar chat has certainly not been done as well as it could have been. Something else we have noticed since the previous post is when you try to share an article or a website, the sidebar pushes the page across and you can’t see what you are typing!

Regular readers will already know that Google+ has surpassed 10 million users and is already eyeing up 20 million marker. If only Facebook would add a scroll bar or something like that to be able to see all your friends that are online then it would be problem solved. One other thing that Facebook has that Google doesn’t and definitely doesn’t want is the number of Facebook scams we have seen appearing.

The scams are becoming a frequent topic for us to talk about at OSM, we find them, tell you about the dangers they pose and then help you to remove them if you have already fallen victim to them. Already we are left impressed with Google+ and it’s only in the beta stage, Google+ is being touted as the fastest growing social network ever.

We are left wondering just how long it will take for Google+ to catch up with and overtake Twitter and then the same thing with Facebook. As things stand, Twitter is sitting at more than 200 million users and Facebook has over 600 million users. Our very own Debbie Turner has also asked a question, she wants to know if Google+ will make you totally quit Facebook or not?

How long do you think it will take Google+ to catch up with the other two big social networks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Peter P

    My sidebar was the same as your screen shot up until this morning. Today it is now split with the top half showing all my friends status updates but as well as anything they like comment on etc. Basically everything that appears on their wall i’m now seeing. When I mouse over this list I can use my mouse button to scroll down to see more of their updates. Hopefully facebook is planning to give the same function to the bottom half of the sidebar with a mouse over function to scrolls to see all your friends. I’d still prefer to be able to filter my friends list like in Skype to show only online friends. Anyone else seeing this updated sidebar with status’s?

  • http://GayRightsMedia.org Patrick Yaeger

    Google+ may be useful for new groups starting up, yes. It might succeed as a niche network. Otherwise, it has little to no chance of attracting over the vast numbers of people currently on Facebook. There simply exists no powerful reason for people to abandon all the time and effort invested in their Facebook presence their connections there by moving somewhere else. I for one am not excited by the thought of maintaining yet another social network presence.

    • Josh Beswick

      It’s funny.. I’ve been on Facebook longer than google+, but my google+ is set up like I’ve been using it for years. My picasa albums that I always upload to are easily accessible.. if my non-nerdy facebook friends can step away from their Mafia Wars, Farmville, and malicious spam apps.. I won’t have to go out of my way to upload things to Facebook. I’ve been using Google Talk/Google Voice for the longest time now.. and its integrated straight into Google+. And now I don’t have to tip toe family members feelings because of Google+ circles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510515032 Laura Stavro-Beauchamp

    I really like the old fb chat – definitely not impressed with the newest incarnation. both the alphabetical listing and the fact that not all those that are online are listed are not good features. Also – why are there now three newsfeeds?? unnecessary to say the least….

  • Angela Morley

    Not too hard, considering the new Facebook chat is broken on some browsers, and is unusable.

  • Jordan Monschein

    I can’t even access my chat so yes, I will be going to google+ The only reason I use Facebook is for the chat

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515493858 David Sharpe

    I can’t see who is online. I click on chat and the only thing comes up is talking about the new feature. I have a green dot…but how can I see the list?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1373997205 Michael Victor Lloyd

    well i got on facebook this morning and went to the chat at the bottom of the screen and clicked the chat bar and it showed all my friends that are on line yesterday they were doing something to it no one was showing up you would hafe to type in a name to see who is on line facebook stop changing things and making it hard on us

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=842475435 Morgan Seth Burrows

    Facebook will probably become another Myspace. Obsolete and only random people use it for odd reasons. Everyone loves Google, they have produced some great products! Who doesn’t have a GMail account these days? Google is great at getting rid of spammers and blocking unwanted anything without bothering the customer about asking you about it. They do need to add a form of messaging to Google+ though, and since it is still in Beta stage there are minor issues such as posting pictures (at least when I first joined). Google is doing a great job and I look forward to their advancement in the market place.

    Also, such as how I posted this comment via my Facebook login, Google already has that set-up. It took Facebook a long time to do that!

  • Mike Gendimenico

    What the hell was FB thinking with this new chat? Lists friends that I’ve never chatted with but can’t see friends that I chat with fairly regularly, WTF?

    Horrible change that will drive users away. Just got a Google+ invite so heading over to check that out…

  • http://www.facebook.com/tfusimalohi Vake Fusimalohi

    this whole new chat update for facebook sucks! it’s like a Japanese phone, looks all hi-tech and professional with different types of portals and tabs to get you from here to there. But really all we want is something that works! I don’t think this will ever grow on anyone, have you seen the polls and comments people say about the new chat?.. for a multi million dollar social networking web site, I’m sure they can figure out that most facebook users jump online to chat to friends who appear online, not to leave a message. Why do you think we left msn?? They seriously need to sort it out or else facebook will be just another myspace, bebo, hi5 etc…

  • http://www.facebook.com/tfusimalohi Vake Fusimalohi

    this whole new chat update for facebook sucks! it’s like a Japanese phone, looks all hi-tech and professional with different types of portals and tabs to get you from here to there. But really all we want is something that works! I don’t think this will ever grow on anyone, have you seen the polls and comments people say about the new chat?.. for a multi million dollar social networking web site, I’m sure they can figure out that most facebook users jump online to chat to friends who appear online, not to leave a message. Why do you think we left msn?? They seriously need to sort it out or else facebook will be just another myspace, bebo, hi5 etc…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Deen/527145370 Emily Deen

    Myspace is still around because of it’s music section. Let’s face it, that was pretty much what made myspace sweet, that you could get all your music info right there. People made the switch from Myspace to Facebook for one of two reasons: a much cleaner layout (no bright flashy pink and orange glitter like when you went to that one person’s profile on myspace) and games. Facebook will continue to exist because it offers great, time-wasting games. However, Google+ is even cleaner and simpler than Facebook ever was- it’s set-up is aimed at making it easy to connect with different people in your social life. So yes, if I can get my closest friends to officially make the switch, I heartily believe that Facebook will be overtaken by the awesomeness that is Google+. This chat mess is only making the switch easier.

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