Google+ not a threat, says Facebook exec
(SPOT.ph) Though experts predict that Google+ has the potential catch up with Facebook, an official from the latter believes that Google’s new social networking site poses no threat to their dominant status, reports GMA News. At the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines Summit yesterday, August 17, Facebook sales director for Asia Pacific Dave Yang said, "Google is an awesome company, and we respect them. But in Facebook, we do only one thing, and that is social, period," adding that this focused format keeps Facebook ahead of competitors.
In a Business Insider article dated July 6, Mark Zuckerberg expressed confidence about their position at the top during the launch of Facebook’s video chat feature. "I’m not going to say a lot about Google+, we’ve all only spent a little time on the service," said the Facebook founder who was one of the first people to open a Google+ account. Without mentioning Google, the Facebook team during the launch also said: "Companies doing one thing will always do better than companies doing a million things."
However, PCWorld.com believes that Google+’s consolidation of various Google services, like the search engine, YouTube, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Reader, and Google Chat, makes it a step ahead from Facebook. Enumerating nine reasons for Google+’s appeal, PCWorld.com said the new site provides for better data security, better friend management, and better photo-tagging features, among other things.
According to GMA News, since opening at the end of June, Google+ has garnered over 20 million users-463,367 of which follow Zuckerberg’s account. Meanwhile, Facebook, which has over 750 million users worldwide (25 million of which are in the Philippines), is aiming to reach the one-billion mark.