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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Google takes another shot at social networking with Google Plus

Google unveiled its latest attempt at social networking this week with Google Plus trying to make online sharing more like real life. Some of the features of Google Plus lets users share things with groups of people such as friends or coworkers. The site acts a lot like Facebook, with streaming feeds and specialized groups of friends.

Google Plus has five basic components: Circles, Sparks, Hangouts, Instant Uploads and Huddle. It also requires a Google profile for you to be able to use it.

Circles lets you group your contacts by type etc. Circles lets you share information with groups of contacts instead of bombarding everyone with your latest updates all at once.

Huddle is a group texting feature similar to Beluga which Facebook recently bought. It lets you have a group chat through your phone with multiple people at the same time.

Sparks allows you to search for and save blog posts, videos, books and so on related to your specific interests.

Instant Uploads can automatically post users pictures and videos from their phone to a private album.

Hangouts enables you to have live video chats with multiple users at the same time.

Google+ is only available by invitation during an early test phase.

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