Facebook Answers Google+ Games by Revamping its Own
Facebook isn't going to let Google Plus dominate the news wire today with its newly launched games, as the company has launched a total upheaval of their games content. With competition rearing its head, Facebook has now implemented features that will either increase your gaming addiction or limit the constant stream of Farmville, Zynga Poker, or "Zombie Something" notifications. Talk about timing.
Facebook's new and sudden round of interface updates are specifically aimed at making the network's games easier to track and play, or ignore altogether, with the following key features:
- Dedicated real-time feed for game updates
- Full-screen modes for certain games
- More control in limiting when, where, and how often game updates appear
- "Most Used Apps" bookmarks in the upper-right corner of your window
While this reaction likely wouldn't have happened without Google stepping into Facebook's biggest money market, Business Insider points out that large numbers still separate both networks:
All of these are nice moves, but nothing groundbreaking.
But Facebook doesn't have to be groundbreaking right now -- with more than 700 million users, compared with maybe 20 million for Google+, social game developers have little choice but to keep thinking of Facebook first.
While game updates have long been a thorn in many Facebook users' sides, the real issue here is ease of use. From personal experience, Facebook often requires you to dive into layers and layers of menus to limit notifications for just about anything, something that Google aims to fix with their unique minimum-click, "set it and forget" it interface. But with Google Plus gaining so much steam since launch, the real question is, how long will it be until some of Facebook's major players either jump ship or double dip?