Sunday, 9 August 2015

What is Google Plus?

Google Plus was launched in 2011, and since then it has been one of the most active social networking site but is a bit different from sites like facebook and twitter. Yes they all involve “social” and “people” and “communication”, and both of those other social networks can be great at doing what they do, but Google+ is something different.

It is bringing people together within the context of many of Google’s services. It is, quite simply, something to be experienced for yourself.

Recently, the departure of the public face of Google+, Vic Gundotra, led many to call the network dead. These naysayers claim Google+ doesn't work, it doesn't make sense, and that it's a ghost town. But, that is all wrong, it is alive, it absolutely works, and you should almost definitely use it.

If you have a Google Account, you can activate your Google+ account as easily as you would activate Google Now. At first, it seems about the same as Facebook or Twitter, importing contacts and assigning them to circles, Google+'s version of lists.

After that, you can add curated circles for your particular interests, entertainment, news, sports, etc. With that said, the first big difference is that Google+ isn't reliant on any of those real-life contacts you import.

The 'Notifications' section will let you know when someone adds you to one of their circles (though not which circle) and when someone has commented on or reacted to content that you've shared or commented on.

You can make comments underneath content shared by other users that you follow, and you can also '+1' it. The latter is similar to ‘liking’ on Facebook.

If the original poster allows it, after you interact with a post, Google+ threads responses and informs you of any updates. If this starts to get annoying, you can ‘mute’ these updates. Basically, Google+ is an amalgamation of several services we already use. The idea, according to Google, is to do them better.

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