Google+ Circles, Sparks & All The Rest: What’s To Know? [News]

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Google have just announced their Google+ project, which integrates social networking features with mobile technology, video chat, easy sharing and things which make everyday life easier. It’s a huge step forward for Google, having previously failed at social networking attempts. This time however, it looks like they’re offering an extremely useful service with some important features users will like and find easy to use.

To sign up with Google+ users will need an invitation, however Google has already exceeded capacity and will only allow users to show interest for now. Once users have signed up, they’ll also be able to access Google social networks via a dedicated Android phone application.

Google Circles is the primary focus of the big announcement and heralds Google’s most successful attempt at social networking so far. It looks a lot like Facebook, but it is designed to make it easy to share information with just the right combination of friends. Here’s a video showing Google Circles in action.

Hangouts are an attempt to make online video chats more serendipitous. Users let their circles know that they’re free to hangout and people can drop into the chat as they’re available. It’s a lot like hanging out in real life.

Live photo updates allow users to choose to automatically put photos taken on their phone into private storage in the cloud as they’re taken. This makes it far easier for users to share them from other devices later.

Google has also integrated location features in an effort to make interactions via phones lead to more meaningful real-life interactions. In essence, sharing location information means that friends will know if someone is nearby or in other noteworthy locations. Google have also taken precautions to ensure privacy is protected and users can choose whether to share location data.

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Huddle allows users to put together an instant group for messaging, meaning everyone is informed of updates at the same time.

Sparks is an easy way to keep track of tags that interest you, and is integrated into Google Circles so that users find it easy to share interesting things they find online. Take a look at this video of Google Sparks in action.

Do you think Google+ has a chance over Facebook? Will you use it? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Google System Blog

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Comments (15)
  • Mehran

    I’ve seen Google+ they really do have potential i think FB doesn’t have a chance!
    and they integrated it completely with their search engine when you log into your google account and do your searching you can see Google+ and your notifications!Ishould say it is a very smart move bcuz we are all living with google search in this way why should anybody waste his time and log into other site (facebook for instance)!
    and i should say the design is much better i always feel like i’m wrestling with facebook but Google+ is much smoother and cleaner

  • pravin

    I think its a third attempt of google. and this time also they are going to Fail. They should not take 4th chance.

  • Oleg Moskalensky

    It’s Excellent, I’ll absolutely use it.  Facebook needs to do some Major improving or they’ll be the next MySpace.

    • thenonhacker

      Zuckerberg will announce “something great” next week!

  • JeanJean

    very interesting from google, ! especially video chat seems great !

  • Anonymous

    and they even want to know moar about you….  :(

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