Google+: A social network by Google, this time they mean it

Google announced a new social project, but this time they’re serious. Google+ will be the social network that Google expects to catch on this time, and it’s the service that they’re been rumored to be developing for over a year. It takes all your Google contacts and adds a level of sharing and organization that makes the Google experience more social than ever.

The basic sharing mechanism is Circles. Circles is a nifty drag and drop interface for organizing friends into groups, and from the interactive tour on the site, seems to understand that this should be smooth, quick and painless ordeal, instead of a chore. Hangout is an area where you can digitally “hang out” with your contacts that are online, via, chat, voice or video and you can join other groups of people that are hanging out as well (if they want you to, of course). Huddle seems to be a more structured and tectual version of Hangout, allowing you to consolidate multiple chat sessions into one shared session. Instant Upload is going to drive the mobile side of this new network, whereby every picture and video you take from your Android phone will automatically sync with your Google+ account, and will be shared to whomever you specify. Last (for now) is Sparks, which is basically an extension of Google Reader, which allows the service to find things for you that align with your inputted interests.

Here’s a video that describes some of the features:

So, what is Google+? Is it an overhauled iGoogle? Is it the reincarnation of Google Buzz? Is Orkut going to be involved in this? How will all my other Google services align with this one? What about the Google +1 project? These are all questions that Google will have to answer eventually. As of now, the project is invite only, and there’s no link to ask for an invitation. You can only be notified by email for another expansion of membership.

This isn’t Google’s first attempt at a social network, not by a long shot, and the tech world is understandably skeptical any time Google tries doing one. This one could be different, but it could go down in flames. You really never know with Google.

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buletov said,
Can you put one friend to several circles? Not according to that demo... Lame.

I didn't see that you couldn't do that, but I agree with you that this ability would be critical!

I've liked some of their previous beta products that never went anywhere... The problem was that no one really needed the features being offered and just didn't bother using them.

another fail
just kill it before you start it and waste a lot of money and effort
stick to what you know best google

What's annoying is that they're changing the whole search UI just because of this project, which will invariably fail. Most people just prefer to use text than video chat. Also, calling a friends list "circle" doesn't make it something new. There's no room in social networking for two. Just focus on search, maps and gmail.

Integrate Facebook YouTube twitter google search and chat protocols, that would be best site which does social networking. I can't afford to leave them for New one and make my friends use it along me ...

Rather wish Google would take on eBay right now instead. I don't think the world needs another social networking site, but more competition for sites like eBay would be nice.

I am actually looking forward to this. Some features like Hangout and the fact that google just elimated the default click and select method to click and dragging to create circles is nice. If it was a public beta would be great though Facebook is the same thing all day if my friends werent on it I wouldnt use it as well.

This will probably be much more usable than Facebook is. I hope it catches on. What I hate about Facebook is that it just vomits pretty much everything in your face. I would rather have things like apps and company pages appear somewhere else rather than in between whatever my friends are posting.

I also really hope that Google won't implement some sort of like button because that crap just encourages people to like everything without contributing anything.

From the pictures I have seen of this it looks like each Circle has it's own stream, which would be a really nice feature as you could read for example status updates on just friends. Facebook tends to get cluttered up with everything in one list. Had been awesome if that includes the possibility to post something to just one Circle too.

In any case, I will surely give this a shot when I get an invite.

Google + for Android

Real-life sharing rethought for mobile.
Google+ (Google Plus) is still in active development and not yet available to everyone. You need an invitation to sign in.
Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. With your permission, Instant Upload automatically puts the photos and videos you take into a private album in the cloud, so you can share them anytime, from anywhere. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they're checking in.
* Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.
* Stream is where you can get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby.
* Instant Upload automatically uploads videos and photos to your own private album in the cloud, to make sharing a snap.
* Huddle is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.

Android users, IMO, should be automatically invited. The Android userbase is pretty large as is so getting them on the Google+ bandwagon would certainly help kickstart the platform.

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