While Google has previously tried to create a social networking sect to rival Facebook, it has been unsuccessful…until now? We will definitely see! Google is about to publicly release the new Google plus, which has many different features and specialties that may make it a better social media site than Facebook. Certainly, many of the Google plus features are very attractive to future users.
One of the main Google plus specialties that sets Google plus apart from its rival, Facebook, is a feature called Google Circles. Google Circles allows you to sort through your online contacts into groups or actual “circles.” For example, you could have a group of work friends, a group of college friends, and a group for family members. You can also group people by how you know them. For example, if you’re in a real life group like a book club, a class, a church group, etc., you could possibly connect with all of those people and group them into one category using Google circles.
One of the reasons this is one of the most attractive Google plus features is because Facebook has gained a lot of criticism for not having easy ways to decide who sees what content among your friends. Also, setting up a new Circle, is a lot easier to do than setting up a List on Facebook. With Google Circles, it is much easier to control who sees what so that your boss doesn’t see those photos from the party Saturday night, and you don’t bore your non-work friends with inside jokes from the workplace.
A great thing about Google Circles, one of the new Google plus features, is that when you connect with a new person on Google plus, you will be able to easily drag him or her into whichever “circle” is appropriate. It’s also incredibly easy to manage the various circles on Google Plus.
Another one of the Google plus specialties that everyone is excited about is Google Sparks. Google Sparks assembles videos, articles, websites, and other content based on the interests that you have previously listed. Using your interests, you can click on Sparks and then browse content that you will more than likely find entertaining or intriguing. Google compares this to those articles that “Grandpa used to cut out of the paper and send to you.” With Google Sparks, you can also share the content that you find with your friends in the various Google Circles, with all of your friends on Google plus, or with the particular friends that share your interests.
A different one of the Google plus specialties that people are getting excited about is a feature called Google Hangouts. With Google Hangouts, you can spontaneously “meet up” and “hang out” with your friends on the web for a group webcam chat. The way it works is you let your friends know that you are “hanging out.” Then they will have the option to join the hangout if they want to. From that point, several people can join, and then you could have a virtual group hangout. This is especially great for meeting up with long distance friends that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to just casually hang out with.
If you take a look at all of the Google plus features, it’s easy to see why people are getting excited about this new and upcoming social networking option. Will it be better than Facebook? Only time will tell. But it is definitely going to feature many options that Facebook currently lacks, which makes it very new and potentially exciting.