What is Google Plus?

Google announced their new service, Google Plus at the beginning of June 2011. Basically, Google+ is a combination of a lot of services and social networks we are already used to. Google+ includes many features which may be familiar to you but according to Google, are much better.

Circles
Google+ Circles is a way to group your “friends” into different categories. Friends, Family, Acquaintances, and Following. You can also create your own group if you have a specific category you would like to categorize you “friends” into. This allows for better organization and more sharing options. From the circles page you can drag and drop your contacts into each of these groups.

Hangouts
Hangouts are virtual hangout places where you can video chat with up to 10 people. You are able to select who you want in one of your hangouts by inviting the circles of your choice. Hangout has some neat features such as switching the person you see in your main window automatically.

Sparks
If you are a Google Reader user, Sparks might seem familiar to you.

Sparks brings content you are subscribed to directly to you through Google+.Each topic you subscribe to gets its own Spark Page which provides descriptions and direct links to the articles, videos, photos, and related content.

Google+ is currently an invite-only beta. So, to get in, you have to know someone currently using Google+ willing to send you an invite.

As Google+ grows, so do other social networks. Google+ could be the next largest social network.

Leave your thoughts below. Tell us what you like about Google+ and if you believe it will grow larger then Facebook when opened up to the public.


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