As most of you know, Google have released their latest product Google+ which looks like an all in one sharing and social networking tool. Just got a invite through one of friends Mike for Google+ yesterday and had a chance to test it out. I still remember my first experience with Google wave and it was like I was totally confused with what it is. I was a bit afraid that same may be true for Google+. But I was amazed by Google+ almost instantly after signing in inside.
The interface was too clean and simple for anyone to understand and use. Even you need not do any digging to find out what it is and how to use it. I basically consists of Circles, Hangouts and Sparks.
Circles lets you browse your circles (your friends basically) to see what all the your friends are sharing with you. Hangouts can be used for starting a conversions anytime, anywhere up to ten people using audio and video chat.Â You can use Sparks to get a constant feed of stuff you’re really into, and share it with friends which is basically like integrated Google reader or any of your feed reader inside it.
The Google+ project: Explore Circles
From close family to foodies, we found that people already use real-life circles to express themselves, and to share with precisely the right folks. So we did the only thing that made sense: we brought Circles to software. Just make a circle, add your people, and share whatâ€™s newâ€”just like any other day
The Google+ project: Explore Hangouts
Sparks delivers a feed of highly contagious content from across the Internet. On any topic you want, in over 40 languages. Simply add your interests, and youâ€™ll always have something to watch, read and shareâ€”with just the right circle of friends
The Google+ project: Explore Sparks
With Google+ we wanted to make on-screen gatherings fun, fluid and serendipitous, so we created Hangouts. By combining the casual meetup with live multi-person video, Hangouts lets you stop by when you’re free, and spend time with your Circles. Face-to-face-to-face:
+Mobile: share whatâ€™s around, right now, without any hassle
Honestly speaking this product looks much better than I even dreamed of before testing it out.Â It also integrates your Picasa album inside it making sharing your pictures, photos with your friendsÂ much more easy.
one of the basic difference with Facebook in terms of sharing pictures or any other stuff with your friends is that it lets you share with groups and not to everyone by default. By everyone I mean here, is so called friends (as in Facebook). It good in the sense as we share one thing with our real life friends or college buddies, another with just parents, and almost nothing with our boss. With Google+, you need to just make a circle (basically category of friends), add your people, and share whatâ€™s newâ€”just like any other day.
Even though the service is still by Invitation only, bu looks like his time Google had done its homework before rolling this out and must have learned from Wave disaster. We still need to wait and explore more Google+, before we can really say that its a Facebook or twitter killer. But perhaps Facebook and twitter need to be worried this time for sure as this one is really going to make some bang on the web.