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Google Announces Its Own Social Network, 'Google+'

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Jun 28, 2011, 1:57 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jun 28, 2011, 2:13 PM

Google today announced a brand new social networking service called Google+, which aims to tie together a number of ways for users to share with small circles of family and/or friends. Google+ includes online elements such as "Circles", "Sparks", and "Hangouts", and other ways to stay in touch. On the mobile side, Google+ offers some key components to make connecting via phone easier. Google concentrated on making it simple to add GPS/location data to every post (if desired, location data can remain private, too) and upload photos instantly in the background to public/private online albums. The mobile component also includes Huddle, a new group messaging tool that is meant to help small groups coordinate with one another. Google+ is available in the Android Market and will work with Android devices running OS 1.6 and up. Google is also looking to offer an iOS application soon. iPhone users will be able to access a limited version of Google+ via the Safari mobile browser. Google+ is being launched in a limited, invite-only trial. Google hasn't said when the service will expand to more users.

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Here are some videos that Google posted to help demonstrate how the mobile components of Google+ will all work.

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.


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Jun 28, 2011, 2:31 PM

old recipes, same old result?

The Google+ project stirs the leftovers in the SNS pot, hoping to find an enchanting new recipe.
Until they bundle some slick new technologies that create new social behaviors while integrating better with users' daily lives, Google stands to be left behind, again, and risk becoming the next RIM.
Time to partner up, Google, and leverage your considerable muscle by getting you and your search users inside the thought bubbles of everyone you can see.
in this one instance I think you are correct, but to compare google to RIM ? That is a laugh. The kinds of technologies that google comes out with, the sheer innovation in doing what users want, and want fast, they are number one. When RIM was relea...
"create new social behaviors"? How about existing in the REAL WORLD!!! Facebook isn't the REAL WORLD. People are more virtual than REAL these days, it's sad and pathetic.
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