Jul 6, 2011

Google Tests Social Networking with Google+

In a bid to tackle the supremacy of social networking giant Face book, Google has recently introduced a service called Google plus (Google+). According to the homepage of Google+, the project is currently available only to a small group of people (probably testers) but you can register for an invite and update on the service.

Google+ is made of three basic concepts (which have intuitive names): 'Circles,' 'Hangouts,' and ‘Sparks.'

Circles: This feature lets you handle your friends circle. You can drag and drop new friends to your preset circle as you see fit. You can also choose the type of content that will be shared with a particular circle.

Hangouts: It is nothing but a glorified term for video chatting. "With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time," the Google says.

Sparks: If you find an interesting article on the web and want to share it in your circle, then you can use ‘Sparks’ for social sharing. Also you can key in any topic that interests and choose from a wide variety of links to share it on 'Circles.'

It is yet to be seen whether Google+ will receive a good response because Google's earlier attempt at social networking was a failure (read: Buzz).


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