PC Mag’s July 2011 poll indicated that user dissatisfaction with Facebook is at such an all-time high that up to 50% might be willing to abandon the social network.

I read a thoughtful statement regarding this on Social Media Today by David Amerland: “Loyalty is a myth. Like banks and supermarket chains discovered in real life, the public is notoriously fickle, using whichever service gives them the most of what they want in a particular moment in time.”

Brand loyalty is more tenuous than loyalty to a social network. Granted, Facebook is a brand, but in a different way than Crest or Tiffany is. If anything, the high disapproval ratings of Facebook for its privacy policy and other flaws suggest that people use it because it has a monopoly, it’s all they know, and it’s convenient since everyone else is there. That’s a recipe for losing market share.

Force of Habit

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I don’t see Facebook going away yet, but Google+ will infiltrate Facebook’s market share over the next couple years. When Google+ incorporates businesses and brands, it will explode, as long as beta maintains such high growth.

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Content you post to Google+ is search-friendly. If you are promoting a brand (your personal brand most likely at this point), every Google Plus update has the potential to put helpful notches into your SEO belt. Since search is increasingly social search, status updates on a search-friendly network will be more valuable than those on Facebook.