Have you heard of Google+? If you haven’t, don’t feel too bad. At the moment, Google is testing Google+ on a small group of people, but it won’t be long before Google activates everyone’s Google+ profile. Follow the Keep me Posted link and leave your email address for Google to alert you when your profile is about to be active.
For those of you that don’t know what Google+ is, let us take this opportunity to give you a quick rundown.
Google+ is an easy to use social network site / recommendation tool to interact with your friends and family. Some analysts have referred to Google+ as the Search Engine Giant’s answer to Facebook.
Google+ gives users the option to organize their friends, family and contacts into groups called Circles. The cool thing is that you can create Circles for different groups of people in your social circle, eg 1 Circle for Work Colleagues, 1 Circle for Friends, 1 Circle for Business Contacts, etc. In my opinion, this is more functional than Facebook’s option to create Friend lists. It’s set up very user friendly. You can simply drag and drop contents into the relevant Google+ Circle.
Users can choose which Circles they want to share / recommend content to. This means targeted sharing (which is a brilliant concept). For instance, you might want to share a link or start a conversation with people on your profile, but in some cases you don’t want your family to see a link or to be part of a conversation, Google+ allows users to do this.
It’s easy to get a Google+ Account. All you have to do is to visit http://plus.google.com and to log in with your Google Account / Gmail Account details. You can then set up your profile and find more friends to share content and experiences with.
Google+ is rapidly growing. More than 4.5 million users have already joined the trial version since it was launched about a week ago. Some critics have already started to call Google+ the Facebook killer. Join the trail and see if you think Google+ has what it takes to be the social network to rule them all?
We really appreciate your feedback, if you have any opinions on Google+ we would love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to comment on this post.
As we mentioned last week, Junk Mail will soon launch Google +1 button, adding it to our list of already active social buttons.
Google+ already features integrated Google+1 buttons for statuses, links and other shared content on its network.
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