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Google Promising More 'Focused' Google+ Experience

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Jul 27, 2015, 11:13 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google today said some changes are on the way for its Google+ social network. To start, people will no longer be required to create Google+ accounts to access all of Google. People will be able to maintain separate Google+ and Google profiles, though some information will be shared between them. YouTube will be the first product that separates Google+ profiles from Google accounts. Google also said it wants to make finding content in Google+ easier, and new features, such as Google+ Collections, allow people to do that. Collections let users organize posts by topic. Similarly, Google believes removing Google+ Photos from Google+ helps to streamline the core Google+ offering. Moreover, functions such as location sharing will be moved to Google Hangouts. "We think changes like these will lead to a more focused, more useful, more engaging Google+," said Google. "As always, your underlying Google Account won't be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles. And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don't plan to use Google+ itself, we'll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles." Google said the changes will roll out slowly over the next few months.


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Jul 27, 2015, 3:57 PM


Imagine if McDonald's came out with their own "special sauce" that tasted like motor oil and you couldn't order a burger without it. This is the same idea, just less tangible. Only difference is Google isn't *literally* shoving their product down our throats.

Edit: this was meant to be a reply to Tamarai. Still getting used to the new comment system on here.

Jul 27, 2015, 1:42 PM

Make it Separate

A Google account is like a zombie -- you kill it, but somehow it always comes back. Annoying users can't be good for branding. They should make it more like Pinterest, something completely separate -- and stop trying to trick users into reactivating a Google account.
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