Google+ and Facebook are perceived the same by users

Facebook Google eye tracking image

Facebook Google eye tracking image

Google Facebook eye tracking study image

How different is Google+ from Facebook? It turns out, they’re not that different.

A recent eye-tracking study has revealed that users of Facebook and Google+ look at their respective social networks in almost the exact same way. The study, conducted by EyeTrackShop, studied 54 people while they used Facebook and Google+. Users examined the content columns of both social networks’ homepages in the identical manner, and also spent the same amount of time reading each section.

The study found that 50 percent of participants fixated — for one second, at approximately five seconds into their session — on at least one of the ads shown on Facebook. When the same ads were overlaid on Google+, participants in the study responded in the same way.

The eye-tracking study reveals that Google’s new Google+ shares plenty in common with the world’s leading social network. Perhaps Google’s design strategy was based on an old proverb — “if you can’t beat them, join them.”

What do you think?

Avatar of David Lux

Written by David Lux

David is a blogger, marketer, and spends copious hours devouring content concerning autos, tech, and then more autos. You can follow him on Twitter: @autocontent

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings


Automotive Social Media

Automotive social media report card: Facebook

Mobile Employees

Less than half of mobile employees are “more productive” in the office