Thursday, June 30, 2011

Google launches new social networking site

Google has launched a new social networking site, Google+, for field trials. The site is designed to rival Facebook, which has now gathered over 500m users.
"We'd like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests. And so begins the Google+ project," said Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President, Engineering in a post on the official Google Blog.

The new social networking site features +Circles, designed to allow users to share what they want with specific groups of people or social circles, instead of sharing with all friends.

"From close family to foodies, we found that people already use real-life circles to express themselves, and to share with precisely the right folks. So we did the only thing that made sense: we brought Circles to software. Just make a circle, add your people, and share what's new - just like any other day," said Gundotra.

The site also features +Sparks, an online sharing engine which is designed to deliver content from across the internet to users in 40 different languages, based on a user's interests.
Exciting Features :
: These days a phone is the perfect sharing accessory: it's always with you, it's always online, and it's how we stay close with our closest friends. We didn't want "just" a mobile experience, however, so with Google+ we focused on things (like GPS, cameras, and messaging) to make your pocket computer even more personal.
  • +Location, location, location
    In life, the places we visit shape conversations in lots of meaningful ways. If we call John from the airport, he'll likely ask about our trip. Or if Jane texts from a nearby restaurant, we might join her for dessert. With Google+ you can add your location to every post. (Or not. It's always up to you.)

    +Instant Upload
    Getting photos off your phone is a huge pain, so most of us don't even bother. Of course pictures are meant to be shared, not stranded, so we created Instant Upload to help you never leave a photo behind. While you're snapping pictures, and with your permission, Google+ adds your photos to a private album in the cloud.

+Huddle :Coordinating with friends and family in real-time is really hard in real life. After all, everyone's on different schedules, in different places, and plans can change at any moment. Phone calls and text messages can work in a pinch, but they're not quite right for getting the gang together. So Google+ includes Huddle, a group messaging experience that lets everyone inside the circle know what's going on, right this second.

+You :That's the Google+ project so far: Circles, Sparks, Hangouts and mobile.

+Hangouts is an onscreen social gathering tool, designed to combine an online meet-up with live multi-person video.

Hangouts lets you stop by when you're free, and spend time with your Circles. Face-to-face-to-face

The +Mobile application in Google+ lets users share directly from their phones and includes support for features like GPS, cameras, and messaging capabilities.

Google+'s +Location feature is designed to allow users to share where they are on every post they send out if they choose.
he +Instant Upload feature uploads photos directly from your phone as you are shooting to a private album in the cloud, with a user's permission, ready to share when the user wants to.
According to Google, +Huddle allows users to coordinate with friends and family via group messaging, which lets everyone inside the specific Circle know what's going on.
Google+ is currently available on the Android Market and mobile web.