Google+: Google’s Very Own Social Network Debuts Officially As Limited Field Trial!
Google Buzz may not have been really big hit, but that did not stop Google from delving into the competitive world of social networking dominated by giants like Facebook and Twitter among others.
Google just announced its social networking service called Google+ (read: Google Plus). Apparently, this is a strong contender to the world’s most popular social networking site Facebook. The idea behind Google+ is just as same as Facebook: to allow users to connect and maintain their social networks.
However, Google has redefined the approach and divided Google+ into a bunch of services so that users can easily maintain their social networks according to their preferences and priorities in a very neat and organized way.
Google+ is an organized blend of five core features called +Circles, +Sparks, +Hangouts, +Mobile, +Huddle – each of which caters the various needs of social networking.
Let’s quickly take a look at each of these –
+Circles: It is true that other people are always defined by the intimacy we share with others. Google+ Circles allow users to share the data and info with their social network based on their circle preferences. One can sort friends into different circles and share separate or listed set of data with the preferred circle or circles.
Google’s description of the +Circle says:
“From close family to foodies, we found that people already use real-life circles to express themselves, and to share with precisely the right folks. So we did the only thing that made sense: we brought Circles to software. Just make a circle, add your people, and share what’s new—just like any other day”
+Sparks: +Sparks is basically like a tool for chatting with people of your interests. Users can post threads and continue interacting with other users for that thread by replying to those threads,.
Google’s description of +Sparks says:
“The web, of course, is filled with great content—from timely articles to vibrant photos to funny videos. And great content can lead to great conversations. We noticed, however, that it’s still too hard to find and share the things we care about—not without lots of work, and lots of noise. So, we built an online sharing engine called Sparks.”
+Hangouts: Now, this is basically a video conferencing service offered by Google+. Users can start a video call with other friends in their +Circles by just sending a video chat invite.
Google’s description of the +Hangouts says:
“With Google+ we wanted to make on-screen gatherings fun, fluid and serendipitous, so we created Hangouts. By combining the casual meetup with live multi-person video, Hangouts lets you stop by when you’re free, and spend time with your Circles. Face-to-face-to-face.”
+Mobile: Google+ Mobile is a mobile client that allows Google+ users to share media including photos and videos with other friends/circles right from their smart phone.
Google has already released the Google+ Android app while the iOS client for iPhone and iPad is expected to hit the stores soon.
“These days a phone is the perfect sharing accessory: it’s always with you, it’s always online, and it’s how we stay close with our closest friends. We didn’t want “just” a mobile experience, however, so with Google+ we focused on things (like GPS, cameras, and messaging) to make your pocket computer even more personal.”
+Huddle: Google + Huddle is a group messaging service for Google+ users. Users can interact with other users by the way of group text chats. The service si expected to be free and is seen as a dramatic substitute for SMS in the near future.
“Phone calls and text messages can work in a pinch, but they’re not quite right for getting the gang together. So Google+ includes Huddle, a group messaging experience that lets everyone inside the circle know what’s going on, right this second.”
Doesn’t that sound neat and organized? We thought so. If you are of the same opinion, you must check for the Google+ signup invite by clicking this link.
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