Google+ was launched this week with access given to just a few early adopters and their connections. I got an invite (thank you Kevin!) to try Google+ out, so I signed up to see what all the hype was about...
Only been using it for a few hours at this point and from what I've seen, it looks a lot like Facebook, with streaming updates of messages, photos and comments but it covers the privacy aspect, which is in my opinion a very important aspect that most people fail to take into consideration with Facebook.
Google+ is currently operating via a "field trial" and among the features that Google hopes will lure in users:
* Circles – It allows you to separate your various friends into different circles and makes it easy to share things exclusively only with each single circle, not everyone. That means your dad or your mom will not have to see the promiscuous photos of you that you share openly at your friend's wild party.
* Sparks - You can search for new friends by typing in a similar interest. The idea is to connect with people on topics that interest you both.
* Hangouts - Instead of just text chatting with friends, Google+ supports multi-user video conferencing in which up to 10 people can see and talk to one another. It encourages users to share content within groups, being able to watch a YouTube video together, at the same time, despite not being in the same room.
* Mobile – A Google+ app for Android includes instant photo and video uploading but there's no iPhone app yet.
Well, I think Google+ can succeed, if the execution is right and depends on how they plan to market their network to potential users too.
The project is by invitation only and I'm still trying to figure out how to invite people to Google +. *confused*
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