Google Plus Circles vs. Facebook Lists
14 July 2011 7 Comments
Adding people to Lists in Facebook is ridiculously difficult compared to adding people to Circles in Google Plus. Here is a step-by-step comparison.
Adding a person to a Circle in Google Plus
- Go to the person’s page using the friend search
- Hover over the “Circles” or button on the top right
- Click on the circles to which you want to add the person, or create a new list on the spot.
Adding a person to a List in Facebook
- Go to the person’s page using friend search
- Look around for minutes to try and figure out how to put the person into a list
- Realize that you can’t add a person to lists or even see what lists they’re a part of from their profile page (which is completely non-obvious, but OK)
- Take a wild guess and click on the Account button at the top, hoping that there is some way to manage lists from there
- Click on the Edit Friends button (which is still a guess, because the link says nothing about friend “lists”, but its worth a try).
- OK, we’re finally on a page that looks right, (even though the only indication that this page has anything to do with managing Lists is the Create a List button). So now you can finally filter for the person’s name.
- Have a WTF moment!? You just want to create a list of Tech Journalists to add all the “Public Figures” that write about tech new, but it only let’s you add people who are your friends (as opposed to people whose fan pages you follow). This is ridiculously stupid, but fine, let’s see what it takes to add someone who is a “friend friend”.
- Sit there puzzled, because there is no indication of how you could do anything to that user, besides clicking on their name, which would probably just take you back to their profile page.
- Go to click on the link anyways, hoping that it won’t take you to their profile page, but rather will give you options to change their list, but.. SURPRISE!! Take notice of the “Edit Lists” button that magically and unexpectedly appeared on the right side of the search result for your friend.
- Sit back and pat yourself on the back for unlocking the completely unintuitive UI that facebook put in place for managing friend lists
- Hover over the Edit Lists button to realize that it doesn’t auto-expand
- Click on the Edit Lists button to see all of the lists to which your friend can be added
- Add your friend to one of your existing lists
- Oh, but wait, did you want to add them to a new list? Go out of the Edit Lists view and click on the Create a List button, type in the name of the list, then filter for your friends name and add them to your list.
- Unless… you were already looking in an existing list, whereby the Create a List button doesn’t even appear on top of the screen anymore. Therefore, you have to click on the Friends link at the top to show all your friends again, after which the Create a List button appears again, then you can go find your friend again, and add them to the new list.. Psshew!
Sending a message to a Circle in Google Plus
- Type your message
- Use the circles bar below the message to add which circles your post should be sent to
Sending a message to a List in Facebook
You can’tClick on the lock icon
- Click on the “These People” dropdown (and chuckle while reminiscing about classic Bill Cosby standup)
- Counterintuitively click on “Specific People” (ya, call me crazy, but I don’t think “lists of people” when I see “Specific People”)
- Sit there and wonder what this random unlabeled textbox that appeared below the dropdown is supposed to be
- Click in the textbox and start typing random characters to see what it does and notice that it starts auto-completing the names of your friends and SURPRISE… your lists.
- Poke around for a little while longer searching for a way to get Facebook to show you all of your lists so you can choose the ones you want
- Sit there disappointed after you realize that they provide no mechanism to do this
- Add the lists you want by trying to remember them (or pull up a different browser window and follow the complex list of steps listed above to see all of your lists)
- Click the Save Settings button
- Sit there and wonder if your changes took effect since there was no indication on the lock icon and you were sent back to the posting page.
- Hover over the lock icon and cry for joy as you see the indication that your changes took effect.
Winner (by leaps and bounds):