Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has already logged in several hours on search giant Google’s new social network. Google+ is still being tested with a limited number of users, but everybody wants in.
If you do not know anyone using Google+ you should go to https://plus.google.com. Click on the keep me posted button. If you have already been invited, then wait for a couple of days. You must have a Gmail account to get into Google+. Google+ is trying to make sharing more meaningful. Unlike Facebook, where your updates can be seen by everybody, on Google+ you can decide which of your connections will be able to see your posts.
- Circles: 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 a private party in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself. After all, you don’t want to share everything with your boss! All you have to do is click and drag people into circles.
Then, you can share relevant content with the right people, and follow content posted by people you find interesting. For example, if you post an announcement about your engagement, you can choose to show it only to people in your friends and family circles. And that film club circle post about a wonderful review of the new film in The Telegraph will be visible only to you (and others in that circle).
You can also customize your personal profile for your circles. For example, your contact details, location and relationship information would be visible to your friends circle, while your employment history and education would be visible to your alumni association circle.
- Hangouts: 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-toface chat.
- Photos: Taking photos is fun. Sharing photos is fun. Getting your photos from your phone to Google+ isn’t tough either. With Instant Upload, your photos and videos upload themselves automatically, to a private album on Google+. All you have to do is decide whom to share them with.
- Sparks: Tell Sparks what you’re into and it will send you stuff it thinks you’ll like. If you are interested in books, fill the text box with books and click the magnifying glass. Sparks will deliver a result. All you have to do is click the Add Interest Button.
- Huddle: 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.
- +1: So what does the Google “+1“ button do? And how is it different from the “like“ button on Facebook? The basic difference, of course, is that Google “+1“ is for Google account holders and “like“ is for Facebook users. Google “+1“ is used for recommending a webpage and Facebook “like“ is for sharing a webpage.
What happens when you click on +1 or like?
+1: Google+ maintains a count of +1s. You should use it even for ranking search results. Not just that, if you are searching for something on Google that your friend has “+1-ed“, it will appear in the search result and you will get to know of your friend’s recommendation. This is not applicable to just webpages but also Google ads. Like: When you “like“ something on Facebook, it shows up on all your friends’ pages. Facebook also maintains a count of how many people like your page. Just like +1, Facebook also displays to your friends that you like this link.
Is Google+1 a copy of Facebook like? Yes, it looks like Google has adopted the concept of recommendation. But the purpose is slightly different. Google will use this data to improve its search results once enough people start using this feature. Right now, Google ranks webpages on the basis of its page rank algorithm.
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