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Google Plus - an overview

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Circles

Specific/Targeted sharing to select groups of individuals

The antithesis of mass-sharing

Various individuals can be segmented into "Circles"

Google hopes to succeed where Facebook and Twitter have failed at "lists"

...as they were an add-on afterthought

HTML5 elements allow for drag-and-drop organization

Friends

Family

School

Etc.

Individuals can be dragged from one group to another

Niceties:

Removing a friend creates a Mac like poof of smoke

Removing a social circle triggers the group to roll off the screen

Reminds me of:

Groups on Facebook, but a bit more fun and intuitive to use

From Google:

"You share different things with different people. So sharing the right stuff with the right people shouldn’t be a hassle. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself - just like real life."

Hangouts

A massive online chat feature

Video included!

Leveraging the "unplanned" meeting

Reminds me of:

ChatRoulette, but cleaner, and safer, and not as creepy, and ...

From Google:

"With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time. Let specific buddies (or entire circles) know you’re hanging out and then see who drops by for a face-to-face-to-face chat. Until teleportation arrives, it’s the next best thing."

Sparks

A recommendation engine for finding content of interest to you

Articles

Videos

Photos

Also a prime driver of sharing content with friends

Driven by the Google Algorithm and pools data from other Google products

Search

+1 button

The goal is to not only become the one stop shop for sharing content, but for finding it as well

Reminds me of:

Twitter

Twibes

From Google:

"Tell Sparks what you’re into and it will send you stuff it thinks you’ll like, so when you’re free, there’s always something cool to watch, read, or share."

Mobile

Huddle

Essentially a group messaging service

Will first roll out to Android, Additional support to be rolled out at a later date, read:iPhone

Reminds me of:, Disco

From Google:, "Texting is great, but not when you’re trying to get six different people to decide on a movie. Huddle turns all those different conversations into one simple group chat, so everyone gets on the same page all at once. Your thumbs will thank you."

Instant Upload

Just as it says, an "Instant Uploader"

Any photo or video content taken with your phone will be automatically uploaded to your Google+ account, ready to be shared, in a private directory

Replaces the tedious hours of transferring and uploading photos and video

Photos and videos are available for sharing for up to 8 hours after they were captured

Downsizes to 2048*2048 for big photos, via Thomas Christensen

Reminds me of:, Eye-fi, but with the added bonus of "already uploaded" and "ready to be shared"

From Google:, "Taking photos is fun. Sharing photos is fun. Getting photos off your phone is pretty much the opposite of fun. With Instant Upload, your photos and videos upload themselves automatically, to a private album on Google+. All you have to do is decide who to share them with."

Stream

The core functionality of the new Google social offering

Users can share with other Google+ connections

Photos

Videos

Links

Location

Reminds me of:

Facebook, plain and simple, in a good way

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