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Google+: Google + You

 

Last Week has been Google’s week. We’ve witnessed a revolution in the design of their various products and also tried out Google’s ultimate answer to Facebook: Google + Project. The idea of this social networking site is: “to make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with them in the real world”. Essentially, it aims to put YOU first, all across Google.

The Google+ cost an estimated $585 m and on Tuesday 29th June the invites were sent to a few Beta users only but by Wednesday night the customer base continued to raise and as of yesterday, it has officially been announced that anyone and everyone can sign up without using an invite. Despite the announcement, it’s absolute availability to everyone with a Google Profile should take some time to roll out completely.

The Idea behind the Project is Real-Time Sharing which replicates Facebook in many ways –

  • Contains a News Feed
  • Shows Total Connections
  • Gives suggestions for possible Connections
  • Enables status updates and comments posting
  • +1 (Read: ‘Like’) an activity or status
  • Add videos and photos to your profile and share them
  • But here are the features where this Project goes truly different and tries to capture the true essence of going ‘Social’:

    Circles: Share what Matters, with the people who matter most

    Segment your contacts into groups like Family, Friends, Acquaintances, Co-Workers etc. Even an impersonal circle comprising of people that you wish to follow but don’t personally know and who aren’t available on Gmail or YouTube can be created.

    Hangouts: Stop by and say Hello, face-to-face-to-face

    Hangouts are online chats with video. You can have video chats with up to 10 people at a time. Users can spontaneously connect in video chats if they want. This feature could be adopted at a corporate level without the need for video conferencing.

    Sparks: Strike up a Conversation, about pretty much Anything

    Sparks automatically looks for videos and articles that it thinks you’ll like, so that when you’re free there’s always something to watch, read and share. Type in any topic of interest,  in over 40 languages and Google will produce results in your Sparks Stream which will be Social, Fun and Shareable. If the same term is searched in the search engine, the results would be different.
    Rumor has it that Google plans to integrate Sparks with Google’s real-time results.

    Huddle: Real-time Co-ordination made easier in real Life

    Huddle is a Group SMS Conversation feature where mobile phone numbers of members will be visible to all. Turn different conversations into one simple group chat, so that everyone gets on the same page long before thumbs get sore.

    Mobile: Share whats Around, Right now, Without any Hassle

    Taking photos is fun. Sharing photos is fun. Instant Upload allows the user to upload pictures and videos directly from the phone.Now, you don’t even need to say cheese! With Google+ you can add your Location to every post.

    Google+ is available on Android Market and the Mobile Web, and it’s coming soon to the App Store. Click here to install the Google+ for Andoird.

    Stay tuned for our Analysis of Google+ and its possible impact on Facebook, Social Media, Internet and SEO. Meanwhile, let us know what you think of the services.

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    One Response to "Google+: Google + You"

    1. Roshan Ejaz says:

      Very comprehensive blog post!

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