Google’s response to Facebook and Twitter is Google+. Launched on June 28, 2011, Google+ hosts a collection of different social products.
Features include Stream (a newsfeed), Sparks (a recommendation engine), Hangouts (a video chat service), Huddle (a group texting service), Circles (a friend management service) and Photos.
In particular, Google+ has been praised for Circles. It allows users to separate their work, social and family lives and encourage user etiquette, sparing certain members of your network from updates they can’t relate to or flat out don’t care about. Additional privacy settings such as non-sharable posts go a long way to helping to people keep their different lives separate – although there is still an issue with a post’s permalink being shared.
Businesses have been asked not to setup an account yet. And Google has been deleting many company’s attempts at setting up a business account. Later in the year, Google+ will be rolling out accounts specifically for businesses with features tailored for them.
A lot is still changing with Google+ since it is still in beta testing . For instance, Google+ engineer Brett van Zuiden recently announced that you can now reorder your circles. Meaning we won’t know exactly what Google+ will look like and what features/options will be available. But plenty users are already finding lots to like.
Top Tip: Personal Memos
Advanced Google+ users have discovered a way to use circles to save personal memos, drafts or articles to read later. Creating a circle-of-one (just your own profile) can function as a type of scrapbook, a history of interpersonal notes or private memos.[/box]
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