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Google Plus vs. Facebook: 6 Things Google+ Has That Facebook Doesn't

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 07/15/11 01:33 PM ET   Updated: 09/14/11 06:12 AM ET

Google is gunning for Facebook.

The search giant recently launched Google+, a social networking site that aims to rectify the company's failed social media efforts, such as Google Buzz and Wave, and put a dent in Facebook's business.

So does Google+ stand a chance against Facebook, which is now over 750 million users strong and has been valued at $100 billion? Google isn't giving up without a fight: the behemoth needs a hit in the social space and one Google executive called Google+ a bet-the-company effort. To help you decide, here's a look at six features Google+ has that Facebook doesn't (You can see what they have in common here).

Are these elements important? Are they enough to tempt you to make the switch--or at least join Google+? Let us know in the comments below. For more on Google+, check out our tips for Google+ newbies and 9 things you need to know about Google's new social network.

Hangouts: Video Chat With A Group
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One key element distinguishing Google+ from Facebook is a feature called "Hangouts" that offers users a way to join group video chats. Picture a chat room, but with video: Any user can create a Hangout, which is then open to others to join. Users can send messages during the Hangout, as well as watch YouTube videos as a group.

Though Facebook recently launched video calling powered by Skype, it does not offer a free way to create group video chats--one-on-one video chats are the default. PC World calls the tool "one interesting feature that could really put Google+ ahead of Facebook."
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