So, last week I had a rant that Google+ will not cause the instant demise of FB and one of my points was that Facebook are smart and they’ll respond…Well they have. Already.
Tonight I discovered Facebook ‘lists’ which directly combats the Google+-Circle-mania that’s been going on. But it’s a whole bunch better because FB knows so much about YOU that it can recommend lists (i.e. your work place, or your suburb) and who’s on them. (Seems to have been rolling out over the last 6 days)
This is FB’s second attempt at grouping contacts, their first was back in 2007 and didn’t really get traction.
From what I can see there are a few standard ‘friend lists’
- Close friends
- Who live near you
Here are some examples that came up for me…
It’s also integrated into your friend’s profile pages, suggesting which list they fit into if you haven’t assigned them already.
And it’s very helpful when creating lists
Hmmm… Google+ destroy’s Facebook? Anyone?
I also read an article tonight from ReadWriteWeb with “5 Things Google Plus Can Do To Outbox Facebook“ which provides some interesting observations. However, the FIVE things will really only bring G+ up to speed with FB, not outbox them.