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

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Google Circles 300x300   Google+ Circles, Sparks & All The Rest: Whats To Know? [News]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.

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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.

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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Vijay

I will use Google Plus just for a namesake. This is just to find what is new in Google+ and how important is.

Circles – This concept already exists in FB named as groups. So it is not that impressive.

Also I don’t want to take another place to do the same.

However.. it is from Google. Hence planning to use (for a namesake)

Taylor

Circles aren’t new, for sure, but unlike Facebook, it seems like they may far more usable. ¬†It seems much more like a tightly-integrated feature, rather than something tacked on to cater to privacy-conscious people. ¬†

Circles instead seems to focus more on sharing relevant data with relevant people, which I like.

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Taylor

I’ll be sure to report back as soon as I get into the service!

That said, I’m very drawn to this. ¬†It looks extremely polished, doesn’t have boatloads and overwhelming posts from apps/games, great Circle management, and Hangouts has ¬†a ton of potential. ¬†It seems to be everything that I personally look for in a social service. ¬†I trust Google a heck of a lot more than I do Facebook, as well.

Great article. ¬†A lot of great-looking features, though I think firsthand experience will really be the best tell. ¬†Though, the article makes it sound like you can only access it via an Android phone? “Once users have signed up, they‚Äôll also be able to access Google social networks via a dedicated¬†Android phone application.”

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J Wood

Big failing on Google’s part in my opinion to not have this where Google Apps users can use it yet (because they cannot have profiles I guess?).¬† I understand they intend to make it available at some point, but in some cases, such as mine, the Google Apps for Domains users are long time google power users who can help them look for bugs.

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Guest

I really really really LIKE it! ITS AWESOME!

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priehl

I absolutely despise Facebook. It’s just a mess. This looks like it’s workable – definitely worth a look. Of course, in terms of privacy, Google is perhaps even worse than Facebook :(

thenonhacker

Please do not confuse Facebook with MySpace — MySpace is a mess, and Facebook has promoted clean layouts that Google is trying to imitate right now.

Ian H.

Maybe in the social network sphere, but Google is the original clean interface – their search page showed up Yahoo and Altavista by making what was important front and center.

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Terri

people would be interested if its just a regular sign up & not through invitation like when they first introduced gmail

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Anonymous

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

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JeanJean

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

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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!

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pravin

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

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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

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