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.
- 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