Posted On June 28, 2011 By In Social Media, Top Stories

Google launches Google+: Real-life sharing for the web[VIDEOS]


Is this Google’s answer to Facebook? It is called Google+[pronounced Google Plus] and Google’s aim with this project is to fix online sharing. Apparently online sharing is awkward[say what???] Google has broken this project down into parts: +Circles, +Sparks, +Hangouts, +Mobile, +Location, +Instant upload and +Huddle. This reminds me a lot of Diaspora. They’re trying to make sure you share certain things with only certain people. Sadly, Diaspora hasn’t launched to the public yet. We will take a look at them one after the other in this post. The Google+ Project is currently invite only so when we get ur invite we will continue this post with a walkthrough. You will also notice there’s a new design of the Google home page.

The Google+ Project Overview

This video introduces the project and explains how it’s increasingly important to share certain things with certain people. For example there are things you’ll share with your male friends, that you can’t share with your female friends.


Let’s face it. All relationships are not equal. There are things we want to share with our friends from school, other things we will want to share with our colleagues from work and certain things we want to keep away from our boss. Google says sharing online today is sloppy. “We only want to connect with certain people at certain times, but online we hear from everyone all the time”. Circles groups contacts into lists and lets you share certain things with certain ‘Circles’ of people.


Sparks is a content delivery tool that aggregates feeds of content from across the internet in over 40 languages. All you have to do is add your interest and share them with the right circle of friends.


Google Hangouts is a video-chat tool that enables multi-person video. Hangout will let you chat with contacts in certain Circles.


Google+ is optimized to work properly in mobile. They did not create just a mobile experience, they have added GPS, Cameras and Messaging to the mobile view of Google+


Google+ will allow users to add location to every post. Location updates are optional

Instant Upload

The Gospel truth is that uploading photos off mobile phones can be very stressful. Google+ allows users[with permission of course], add photos to a private album in the cloud as they are being snapped.


Huddle is a coordination tool within Google+ that is basically a group messaging tool so everyone in a particular Circle can know what’s going on about a project, meeting or any plans they might have made together.

The Google+ app is available on Android Market and the mobile web and will soon be launched on Apple’s App Store. What do you think about this project? Is this the answer to Google’s Social Network problems? Or will this end up stagnant like Buzz?
Source: Official Google Blog

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