After months of invite only status Google+ is now open to the public.
What is Google+?
Google+ brings together all of your friends in one place, and lets you simply and easily designate and organize all of your contacts into different groups. Additionally, Google+ will incorporate some cool chat and mobile features that can come in handy when uploading photos and organizing get-togethers. There are much more details to uncover about Google+, but take a gander at the first five features that will come with the social service below.
- Circles — This is basically your friends hub. Instead of grouping everyone together as your “friend,” you can create different circles for the different types of people in your life. For example, you can have groups for friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, and your once-a-week softball team. It’s super easy to make a new group and add contacts to it — just drag and drop.
- Hangouts — The old-school chat room gets an update. Send a broadcast to your friends that you’re online and ready to chat face to face, and your pals can drop by your “hangout” to video chat with you.
- Sparks — Designate your interests in Sparks, and Google+ will collect articles, videos, and photos of the things you love from around the web to read when you’re free (like an RSS reader). You can even share these items with specific circles of friends instead of all of your friends.
The launch introduces a few new updates but most notably an updated hangout which now enables you to access hangouts on your Android phone running Gingerbread 2.3+
Have something to say but want to reach a public audience?
Hangouts on Air takes care of that. The launch will coincide with a “Hangout on Air” featuring musical artist Will.I.Am broadcasting Will.I.Am
One question does remain, will Google+ pick up steam or is Facebook too far ahead in the runnings?
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