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What is Google Plus?

February 6, 2012

Filed under: Social Media

According to Google, the new Google+ service is, “Real-life sharing, rethought for the web.”

Aimed at giving the rest of the social media offerings out there a run for its money or fanbase, Google+ brings together all of your friends in one neat package. It lets you easily organize all of your contacts into different groups.

Google+ is made up of the following five features or tools:
Circles
Hangouts
Sparks
Instant Upload
Huddle


Circles
Instead of grouping or sharing your ‘life’ with everyone, you can create different circles for the different types of people in your life. Circles will help you place your groups for friends, family or co-workers, into groups which you choose to share with. A little like creating contact lists in your email address folder. All you do is drag and drop.

Hangouts
You can broadcast to your friends that you're online and ready to chat face to face, and your pals can drop by your "hangout" to video chat with you. So much easier than FaceTime or Skype.

Sparks
Designate your interests in Sparks, and Google+ will collect articles, videos, and photos of the things you love from around the web to read when you're free (like an RSS reader). If you add say, ‘holiday homes’, you’ll receive what Google feels is the most relevant content for that word or phrase.

Instant Upload
You’ll need to download the Google+ app onto your Android phone. You will need to opt in to the Instant Upload tool if you want to upload your pictures. Google won’t start uploading your photos without permission. Then all you do is snap pictures on your phone as your normally would and they magically get uploaded to your Google + account! From there you can share it with a specific person, circle or do whatever you want with your photos, when you next log into your Google+ account.

Huddle
This is the group texting part of Google+. At the moment, you can only access it on Android phones. iPhone users will need to wait until Google releases an iPhone app.


Not on Google+ yet? Drop us a comment below if you’d like an invitation to road test it. We have a few invites we're looking to give away.

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