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VIDEO: Google Reveals Google+ Social Network

By - Source: Official Google Blog | B 23 comments

Google is a lot of things, and the company has managed to dominate many markets. However, it is definitely not a social networking site, and it hasn't even been able to break the market, never mind make any kind of significant play for it.

Still, you can't say Google isn't having a fair crack at. Despite the fact that Google Buzz was a privacy failure and Orkut was only really popular in South America, the company today revealed another social effort, dubbed Google+.

Google+ involves several services including group video chat (Hangout), the ability to share content with specific groups of friends (Circles), a content aggregator that serves you content and links you'll like based on your interests (Sparks), group messaging from your mobile (Huddle), the ability to instantly upload photos and organize into private albums (Instant Upload), and the option for location tagged posts (Location).

Google admits that everything is still little rough around the edges at this point. The company is also only testing the service in limited beta and is currently full up. You can still register your interest here, though, and you'll receive email updates on when the service is set to go live. If you want to explore Google+, head on over to plus.google.com. Alternatively you can check out all 10 (ten!) of the Google+ tour videos below. Don't you just love when someone does all the leg work for you?

Here's a quick introduction into what the Google+ Project is all about:

Google Quick Look

Here's more about how Circles, the tool that allows you to create different groups to share different content with, works:

The Google Project: Circles

The Google Project: Explore Circles

This is Sparks, the aggregator that pulls content from the web and presents you with links you'll likely find interesting based on interests you yourself have provided:

Google Project: Sparks

The Google Project: Explore Sparks

Here's more about Hangouts, the feature that allows you and a circle of friends to 'hangout' via videochat:

The Google Project: Hangouts

The Google Project: Explore Hangouts

Want to know more about how Instant Upload works? Check it out below:

The Google Project: Instant Upload

Of course, a big part of the Google+ Project is mobile interaction. Learn all about that here:

The Google Project: Explore Mobile

Here's some more on Huddle, the app that allows you to message groups of friends all at the same time:

The Google Project: Huddle

Last, but certainly not least, Google has put together a quick rundown of how Google+ settings work and what aspects you can control in an effort to appease those worried about privacy:

The Google Project: Explore Settings

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    dormantreign , June 29, 2011 12:46 AM
    The big question is....Whats this offer that facebook doesn't. If nothing then it will fail.
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    cloakster , June 29, 2011 1:07 AM
    dormantreignThe big question is....Whats this offer that facebook doesn't. If nothing then it will fail.

    Their hangouts and much better privacy settings is what imo puts it above facebook. I'm very excited about this since competition is what Facebook needs :) 
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    cuecuemore , June 29, 2011 1:25 AM
    ^^Very true; for the last several years the best two-word joke out there has been: "Facebook security."
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    utengineer , June 29, 2011 1:39 AM
    I like the Circles option because some of the stuff that is broadcast in my FB feed does not need to be seen by everyone in my lists list. Looks interesting.
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    the_krasno , June 29, 2011 1:56 AM
    It needs a killer app like fb's farmville. They should hire Popcap games to make something for them!
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    offerings12 , June 29, 2011 2:53 AM
    the_krasnoIt needs a killer app like fb's farmville. They should hire Popcap games to make something for them!


    its called Android Market..
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    eklipz330 , June 29, 2011 3:13 AM
    the_krasnoIt needs a killer app like fb's farmville. They should hire Popcap games to make something for them!

    isn't popcap about to be acquired by EA....
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    coolgod , June 29, 2011 4:34 AM
    Problem with this is suppose friend A is in circle 1 and friend B is in circle 2.
    friend A and friend B know each other well. When friend b discovers that friend A knows more or is closer to you. This could cause problems.
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    reprotected , June 29, 2011 6:37 AM
    Google+: because Google Wave worked so well last time.
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    hrethgir , June 29, 2011 8:32 AM
    coolgodProblem with this is suppose friend A is in circle 1 and friend B is in circle 2.friend A and friend B know each other well. When friend b discovers that friend A knows more or is closer to you. This could cause problems.


    How is this different than in RL?
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    mkrijt , June 29, 2011 8:46 AM
    So, even more bullsh*t from google.
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    Humans think , June 29, 2011 12:01 PM
    @TH Can u please make a review at some point for the social networking sites regarding privacy and security?

    I want to know for example if Google plus will own my photos, use face recognition technology and use my account for advertising products and services to other users. Or will it store my personal messages and chats...
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    Rusting In Peace , June 29, 2011 1:22 PM
    They've totally shot themselves in the foot in giving features arty-fartsy names.

    Hangout? Circles? Just call it what it is thanks.
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2011 1:44 PM
    To be honest, I don't understand the whole privacy concern surrounding Facebook.

    If you have sensitive data, don't put that sensitive data online anywhere. It's a concept that's not exactly rocket science to grasp. I've used that concept on MySpace/Facebook for the last 10 years (or whenever MySpace started) and, perhaps unsurprisingly, I've never had any issue with privacy.
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2011 1:47 PM
    More to the topic in question, this will fail as spectacularly as Google Buzz failed.

    A brand needs to have enough 'cool' factor to pull this kind of stuff off. Google, like Microsoft, have about as much cool as a closet full of denim jackets. 'Hangouts'? Do me a favour! Sounds like a word my grandpa would try using to sound down with the kids. Arguably, Apple have the brand factor to make something like this work, but they're having their own problems even making 'Ping' fly.

    Stick to what you're good at, Google.
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    coolgod , June 29, 2011 2:06 PM
    hrethgirHow is this different than in RL?

    Well in real life you could "forget" to tell someone everything etc....
    But in virtual space, you don't really have that option.
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    moonshire , June 29, 2011 2:16 PM
    Ohh im really looking forward to this!
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    scythe944 , June 29, 2011 3:19 PM
    Looks like the only social networking site that I'd be willing to try. Don't care about pointless games like farmville, don't have enough time to "play" on the computer anyway.

    Getting things organized on a single place and keeping information away from certain people is a great idea (think: your parents are split up and can't stand each other, and you'd like to post pics of your kids with one parent in them without the other parent seeing them).
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    dread_cthulhu , June 29, 2011 6:09 PM
    Yeah, if privacy is better than FB, I might use this. Not a big social networker anyway, but there are some people I'd like to stay in touch with. FB is full of viruses anyway.
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    web11 , June 29, 2011 6:33 PM
    This actually looks better than Facebook IMO. I can't wait to try it.
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