Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I give props to my sister for her Google+ invite which I gladly accepted. To be honest it is hard to tell if I feel any different after trying it. It almost feels like Google is trying to launch their own blended version of Facebook.  In fact after reading a number of articles, it seems that is exactly what Google+ is attempting (again). Google+ basically offers the following 9 features, the first 6 of which I've included with quotes taken from the Google+ help page:

1- Circles
Circles helps you organize everyone according to your real-life social connections--say, 'family,' 'work friends,' 'music buddies,' and 'alumni'. Then, you can share relevant content with the right people, and follow content posted by people you find interesting. 

2- Stream
The stream is the place to have meaningful conversations with the people you care about. It centralizes all the content people have shared with you, as well as the people who are trying to share with you, but who aren't yet in your circles. You might see text posts, pictures, videos, links, or location markers. When you share with people either individually or through a circle, your content will appear in their stream.

3- The Google+ Bar
The Google+ bar, which appears at the top of Google products, is your connection to Google+ new window. You canshare what’s on your mindview your Google+ notifications, access your profile, or jump to a variety of other Google products. For instance, to get to Google+, all you have to do is click +[your first name].

4- Hangouts

Hangouts are the best way for you to say, “I’m online and want to hangout!” Hangouts lets you:

  • Chill with friends that are scrolling through the web, just like you!
  • Use live video chat that puts you in the same room together!
  • Coordinate plans, whether it's working on a project or meeting up for coffee.
  • Maybe you’re bored. Start a hangout, invite your circles, see who’s around
5- Sparks
Sparks brings you stories on the things you love from all across the Web, so it's easy to strike up meaningful conversations with your friends.

6- +1's
Use the +1 button to publicly show what you like, agree with, or recommend on the web. 

7- Profiles

8- Chats

9- Photos

So of the 9 main features is there anything really earth shattering here? Video chat is nice to have, but I am sticking with Skype. Is Google+ truly a game changer? I think the jury is still out. Although you may feel differently, Facebook and Twitter still seem to be the game changers. 

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