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Google+ is the latest attempt by Google at social networking.

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Pros

Deep integration with other Google products: GMail, Picasa, etc.

6 agree

Easily segment your posts to the audience you want: Family, Friends, Work, Public

5 agree

Hangouts: video conferencing with multiple friends at once

5 agree

Way better than Google Buzz

5 agree

gives you unlimited image storage on Picasa - much better than any other free personal image hosting alternatives

5 agree

Easy to create "circles". Much better than Facebook Groups and Twitter Lists

4 agree

Connected to the +1 system found on every search result page

4 agree

Huddle: cross-platform, mobile group messaging

4 agree

Excellent, polished UI right out of the box

4 agree

Slick photo mosaic tab

2 agree
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Cons

Seems likely to fail in spite of being awesome technology

4 agree

the Huddle feature (messaging) is still absent from the desktop-browser version

3 agree

Very little mainstream appeal

3 agree

Regular people aren't using it, and probably never will

2 agree

Unnecessary new social network without any real need

2 agree

not all features available on Android yet (such as Hangouts)

1 agrees

Lots of small polish issues at launch that add up to being fairly annoying

1 agrees

No invites yet, without hack

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Google+ is the latest attempt by Google at social networking. Far more ambitious than the failed Buzz and Wave, Google+ aim to integrate a wide range of Google products into the network. These include Gmail, Picasa, and Google profiles; it is said to be the start of larger push of a range of Google social products.

 

The main feature that Google advertises is Circles, it enables users to easily group their friends into various circles and choose specifically who they want to share content to. This extensive content share control encompasses all your personal data on Google+. For example you can choose to let one group of friends see you occupation, whilst blocking them from seeing your contact information. Next up is Hangouts, it is designed specifically for group video chats for up to ten people, Google's programming allows the chat to automatically focus on one person when they are speaking. Sparks is more of a traditional Google feature in the sense that it is a web search that returns results based on your preferences.

 

With the Google+ mobile application users can also make use of a group messaging feature called huddle. It allows people to send out mass messages to specific circles. Many early adopters would have noticed the familiarity between Facebook and Google+ in terms of user interface where Google have taken many elements in terms on the positioning of information. All in all, Google+ is a well made social networking product with a clean and intuitive user interface. Its sharing control system (Circle) is a welcomed featured for those concerned with online privacy. Whether or not Google+ will be successful will depend on the people's willingness to adopt this new network.

Features
  • Circles, content sharing control
  • Huddle, group messaging
  • Sparks, personalised search and news feed
  • Hangouts, group video chat
  • Buzz +1 personalised search
  • Mobile App
  • Close integration with various Google products
  • Clean and intuitive user interface
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