Google+ and Facebook Tighten Bonds Between Users

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez December 09, 2011

Social networking powerhouses Google+ and Facebook have both taken steps to make the interaction between its users’ friends much more interesting and engaging. The updates to each interface claim to make it easier for the users to share things with one another and share updates publicly.

Google+ cleaned up its interface by allowing users to add friends to their “circles” through Gmail and Google Contacts. In Google+, circles are sorts of categories for friends, acquaintances, and family members you find throughout the social network. You can create your own circles or use the ones that Google provides for you.

Engineering director Mark Striebeck from Google said that these updates are all based on feedback from users. He said that “if you use Google+, you can now grow your circles, filter emails and contacts by circles, keep all your contact information up-to-date automatically and share photos to Google+, all right from Gmail and Contacts.” Google will be coming up with the updates within the next week.

On the other side of the trenches, Facebook added the possibility for a “Subscribe” button for company websites, allowing the visitors to subscribe to a website’s updates without entering their own Facebook accounts. “Once clicked the user will begin seeing the public posts of the person they have subscribed to in his or her News Feed,” said Stoyan Stefanov, engineer at Facebook. “The subscribe action is also shared, allowing others to subscribe directly via the News Feed stories, and further increasing viral distribution.”

The update on Facebook allows websites to integrate the “Subscribe” feature into websites using XFBML code – Facebook’s own mark-up language – or an “iframe” tag in HTML. Either way will make the feature work exactly the same.

Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

Related Articles

5 Influential African-Americans In Tech

By: Special Guest    3/19/2018

It's no secret that Silicon Valley has a problem with diversity. Apart from being male-dominated, most of its workforce is white or Asian, with whites…

Read More

FTC's Mobile Security Updates and Recommendations on Mobile Device Security

By: Special Guest    3/19/2018

The lessons learned apply to any wireless-enabled device, including consumer smartphones, corporate-owned devices, Internet of Things (IoT), watches, …

Read More

The World is His Oyster: Connected Solutions Enable Daniel Ward to See Food

By: Paula Bernier    3/16/2018

Fresh seafood can taste great, but if it is not handled properly, people can get sick, and that can lead to business closures and lost revenues. That'…

Read More

How to Get Ready for GDPR if You've Waited Until the Last Minute

By: Special Guest    3/14/2018

With less than two months until the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) deadline, many companies have already started making sure that their bu…

Read More

How Fintech is Helping Create Global Businesses

By: Special Guest    3/14/2018

The growth of Fintech probably has not escaped your attention. Whether you're a customer making contactless payments or an investor weighing up CFD tr…

Read More