Just in case you've been living under a rock, Google+ is a new social network outlet. Its in its beta phase and the only way to join as of now is to get an invite from someone who is already on it.
I have to admit, when I first joined I wasn't very impressed. To me, it seemed as if it was a dumb downed version of Facebook. After playing with it for a while, I have come to really enjoy it. This is what it would look like if Facebook and Twitter had a baby.
Right now the only features Google+ offers are:
- Status updates-share whats on your mind with your friends, they have the option to comment on it, share it or +1 it (+1 is like "liking" someone's status on Facebook)
- Photo/Video sharing-(you can also upload pics/videos to Cloud without public publishing)
- Grouping your friends in "Circles". Don't want Aunt Millie seeing you say "It's 4:20! Smoke 'em if ya got 'em!" You can use the option of sharing it with a certain circle. No one else except those people in that circle is able to see that status.
- Some sites have added a +1 button, that when you click on it, it shows up on your Google+ wall, sharing it with friends as well as listed as a site you +1'd under your +1 tab.
- Hangout: A multi-user video chat. This feature seems pretty cool. You can have up to 10 people in a huddle at one time. It shows whoever the person that is talking at the time's on cam.
- Huddle: A multi-user chat room. This is similar to PingChat. What's better about this is the fact that, unlike Pingchat, who allows only up to 14 people per thread, Huddle's is unlimited.
- Tune into a YouTube video in real time with friends (within Hangouts) Anyone in the hangout has access to the controls (play, pause, etc) When the video starts, the group chat mutes by default but there is a button labeled "push to talk" that overrides it.
- Sparks: View curated content based on interests. It points you toward content that you want to find and explore.
- Make a typo in your status? You can edit posts after you published them.
- Free SMS service
- Private Messaging System
- Hangout feature on Google+ Android application (No Hangout on iOS devices)
I'm sure I missed some of the features but hopefully you'll get the picture. If you have an Android device, there's a Google+ app in the marketplace waiting for you to download. You can also take advantage of Huddle in the Google+ app. All in all I think Google+ definitely has some potential to be the future Facebook. Only time and added features will tell.
If you're interested in checking it out, send me a tweet and I'll hook you up!
Written By: Maryanne