Published On: Fri, Apr 13th, 2012

Review on Google Plus

What is Google Plus?

Lots and lots of people around the world have been enthusiastically finding their ways to get access to Google Plus, the brand new social network by Google. It is developed under the code name Emerald Sea. Google+ is basically Google’s latest attempt at creating a social network. Google is cannily calling it a “project”, rather than a “product” perhaps to avoid comparison with its less successful social products. Latest technology trends have shown that company who is going to rule the social media is going to rule the web business and advertising and Google knows it best.Google reckons that current online networks (no names mentioned) simply don’t cut the mustard and that’s why it’s launching its own version. According to Google’s official blog:

“Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.”

“In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward, even broken. And we aim to fix it.”

Why was Google + introduced?

It’s Google+ social networking platform that’s set to rival Facebook. Well, that’s the plan anyway. Google doesn’t have a particularly strong history when it comes to social networking services with both Google Wave and Google Buzz failing to catch on, but if the demo is anything to go by, it’s investing a lot of time and money into making its latest venture a potential Facebook killer.

Some words about previous Social Networks by Google:

“Let’s be honest: we hated Google Wave. If we’re really, really honest, we didn’t even understand Wave. No-one did …”

Best features of Google+

Circles:

The Circles feature is a clear winner. If you’ve ever used Diaspora, they have a core feature called Aspects. Circles are basically the same as Aspects, just implemented better.

After you associate connections with one or more Circles, you can go to the main G+ page and filter posts based on Circles.

Obviously using Circles allow you to specify what users you want to see, so this feature is well mirrored into the mobile Google+ application. These Circles can also be added as headings in the Stream section, and you can simply scroll across to view each Circle’s posts.

Stream:

‘Stream’ is where most of the action takes place and you see the flow of messages and posts from the individuals you follow. The app gives you a clear view of the posts, in addition to the comments made on them. Photos can be clicked on and expanded, videos quickly link to YouTube and everything feels smooth and intuitive. Obviously the app lets you post messages, pictures, links and videos to your own timeline and this is easy to do. You can also comment and +1 on other people posts.

Huddle:

Huddle is group chat feature where you can converse and interact with fellow Google+ users. Very much like group text messaging, you can receive notifications for messages you are sent. Using Huddle is a piece of cake and will be immediately familiar to the majority of users.

Photos:

As you would expect, Photos gives you access to the variety of photos those who you follow have posted from your circles, photos of you, albums and photos from your phone. These provide you with the ability to view and edit your own pictures, view the pictures of those you follow, add comments and +1′s, in addition to editing comments on your own pictures.If activated it will upload all the pictures you take on your phone to a completely private web album. This makes it easier to post said photos to your stream, and saves you from uploading these separately later.

Profile:

Here you can access your own profile, and are able to look at your own ‘About’ section as well as your posts and photos. As yet you cannot edit your details in the mobile application. This perspective is actually identical to when you view the profiles of other users. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if the functionality in this section is expanded upon to include editing and maybe more as Google+ grows.

Enhanced Google navigation bar:

Google has been busy making changes to their navigation bar. It seems that it was all in preparation for G+. The navigation bar – which should probably be called something else now – includes a new notifications feature. While it looks simple on the surface, it’s actually quite useful and powerful.

Unified messages:

In Facebook if you want to send a private message, you’re supposed to use their new Messages feature. In G+ you can send private messages in the same place you post messages to Circles. Instead of choosing a Circle, you simply choose one or more friends that you’re connected to, when you post the message, only you and the recipient(s) can read and reply to it. It’s unified messaging, and I think it’s brilliant!

 

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