This week Google Plus is finally open for everyone. Meanwhile Facebook have redesigned its main page and added lots of new features. I think it is a good time to compare them.

Google+ main paradigm is the usage of circles to manage your friends/following. Facebook has a near equivalent feature: lists, but it is optional and not mandatory. Facebook has just introduced new kind of list, “smart list”. Facebook create this kind of list automatically, based on the information we include in the profile. For example there are lists based on workplaces, schools and family.

Smart list is a win for Facebook: I like the idea of automation of list-making (or circle making). But I still prefer circles, which allows us to follow updates from other Google+ users without approval. Subscription feature on Facebook (also added recently) makes it is possible to view public updates from non-Friends, but I think circle concept is more elegant.