Google+ getting events, now just 6 years behind Facebook

Google+ is finally getting an events feature, something that's oddly been missing from the social network since it launched last year.

The Next Web has obtained information and screenshots of the new feature, which works similar to Facebook's events feature. Google+ Events appear to primarily be appearing for international users for the service, as the majority of screenshots around the Internet of the feature are non-English languages, such as German. 

Events will sync with Google Calendar and other Google services, according to the screenshots. Google+ members will be able to add photos and videos to the event's "collection," where they'll also be able to discuss the event and schedule Google+ Hangout sessions. The link featured in the description announcing Events currently redirects to a 404 page.

Additionally, the new Google+ app for Android appears to have a blank button below the "Local" button that doesn't yet work. This would likely indicate that the new feature will be launching sometime soon.

The new feature isn't the only addition to Google+ in recent days. Yesterday, Google replaced Google Places with Google+ Local. The new service integrates with other Google services, such as Google Maps, and allows users to read and post reviews of local businesses. Google+ Local also includes reviews from Zagat, a restaurant and travel review company Google acquired last year.

Source: The Next Web | Image via The Next Web

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Wow Neowin, troll title!
If Google+ had events at the same time as Facebook i'd very surprised considering it would have been 5 years before it existed.

So Facebook has Hangouts and a comparable mobile app?

I mean, you don't have to love Google+, but I'm actually seeing a solid user base there now (+100 likes and dozens and dozens of comments to typical status updates from companies or popular users), along with several unique features. And the mobile apps for it are awesome.

Me thinks the title is akin to flame bait! So they've added something new, because they are new in comparison to Fakebook, it's now so far behind....?

FU.FredNurk

Farstrider said,
Me thinks the title is akin to flame bait! So they've added something new, because they are new in comparison to Fakebook, it's now so far behind....?

FU.FredNurk


It was tongue-in-cheek.

This is great news. Really looking forward to having Events in Google+. This is one feature that I've been waiting for which once available, could probably see my Facebook account being deleted providing it allows me to send invites/events to people not currently using Google+.

As for the "now just 6 years behind Facebook" title - kind of stupid! Of course it's 6 years behind. Google+ has been live for less than a year. Give it time though and I'm sure Facebook is going to have some serious competition. I've been with Google+ since the early beta days (pre public release) and have watched it develop and grow very quickly.

Google+ as it stands today, in my opinion, does everything better then Facebook. It's Android and iOS apps are actually fast and work very well. Facebook on Android is the biggest load of garbage their is. The Google+ news feed works much better and doesn't have ads randomly popping up with unrelated garbage that I don't care about. It's provides more control over what I do and don't see in my feed. It's overall layout I find much, much better, cleaner, easier to use... and the list could go on.

Enron said,

What's the matter?

E:beos


It's not like they copied this idea because it's such an original concept.
I think it's a no-brainer feature...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

It's not like they copied this idea because it's such an original concept.
I think it's a no-brainer feature...

GS:mac

I like how you didn't realize what the point of their comments were.

AB:win

andrewbares said,

I like how you didn't realize what the point of their comments were.

AB:win

I found this whole thread pretty amusing.

R:GLaDOS

If only they'd get geotagging and slideshows in their stupid G+ redirection from picasa web albums (what - 3 years behind THEIR OWN previous product?). Maybe they should call it G- (Google MINUS) instead