Google Finally Unveils Google Plus
Google has just released its long-awaited official foray into the social network arena, by allowing certain lucky individuals to join its Google+ Project, which the search company says is “just getting warmed up.” If you don’t have an invite, you can ask Google to keep you posted as they roll things out.
There is an interactive tour available, and I’m sure you’re going to want to check it out. In it, Google features a variety of methods of interacting with your friends - circles, hangouts, instant upload, sparks and huddle.
Circles are visual groups you create, then click on and drag your friends, coworkers, family etc. in - presumably for sharing information and updates with. This would be a great way of organizing content and “fencing” it away from people you don’t want seeing it. Typically, multiple accounts are required on a social network in order to perform this sort of personal life versus work “juggling,” or at least some time has to be spent in your Facebook settings to keep prying eyes away from your last night out. This looks like a promising addition to my private life.
Hangouts are a way for you or your friends, or entire circles of friends, to let each other know where to hang out together at any given time. Simply click on the Join this hangout button provided by one of your friends, who may already be at a location. Looks like FourSquare plus a bit of “come hither.” From the screen-shot provided it would appear that Google Chat’s video chat feature is included, in case you can’t get there in person, but want to say hello - or in case your friend wants to lure you into a not-so-blind date.Continued on the next page