Admittedly, I haven’t really spent that much time on Facebook this past week, but that doesn’t change the fact that Facebook recently launched a new featured called “Lists,” which is designed to include some of the functionality users of Google+ are enjoying. If you’re not familiar with Google+, think of it as a hybrid between Twitter and Facebook … a place to connect with friends and strangers.
This level of connectivity gives people the option to expand their reach beyond their friends to people they’re interested in following, including influential thought leaders, celebs, and soon to come, brands.
The Lists feature is designed to go head-to-head with the Circles feature from Google+, which is what they call your various followings. For example, I have a friends circle and an artists circle. Creating different circles enables you to filter your stream of updates to specific groups of people and interests as a reader, whereas it also enables you to create updates for circle circles. This is convenient for those interested in sharing something with their friends but not their professional contacts.
Lists introduces the same feature for Facebook users.
Here’s what Facebook says about Lists …
A pop-up will eventually appear near your update box and provide you with a little walk-through of this new feature, but I thought I’d share it here as well in case it’s rolling out over time.
What do you think about Lists?
If you’re using both Facebook and Google+, what do you think about Lists? Will it be enough to satisfy Facebook users, or will you be spending more time over at Google+?
This war between Facebook and Google+ isn’t really about them … it’s about you, so be sure you consider your options. What do you like? What don’t you like? I personally find the user experience over at G+ way more exiting and polished than Facebook. Seems like the designers behind Google+ understand where the web interface is heading, and their helping us get there. Facebook’s small text and organization is messy compared to the search-giant, turned social-giant’s network.
Where are you hanging these days? What do you think about the Google+ and Facebook war? Who will win?