Google plus makes connecting on the web more like connecting in the real world. You can Share your thoughts, links and photos; start a video chat to strike up conversations with as many as nine people at once. Get everyone on the same page with fast and simple group chat.
Google plus users now have two additional ways to seek information across the social network, with real-time search and hash tags. Now when you search in Google+, you’ll see a message about new posts the instant they’re available. If you click on this message, or select ‘Most recent,’ then relevant posts will start appearing in real-time. If you put a hash tag in any of your Google+ updates that hash tag will automatically link to search results for the term.
Some other things to like about Google’s new social initiative:
Circles allow you to segregate people and share different information with a different set of people. There is one main stream where all your friends update show up then the option to see updates from only certain groups. Circles make it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself, just like real life.
Video hangouts let you bring up to 9 people into your world. It’s the next best thing to everyone being there.
Google+ has a game room. Play poker, build a new civilization, humiliate a pig, or just click wildly at anything that moves. When you do something worth talking about, it’s easy to share it just with the people interested in your gaming updates.
Search brings you updates from your circles, news from around the web and public Google+ posts, giving you instant access to the topics you care about and the people who care about them along with you.
You can update photos from your computer or from a phone; see photos that people in their circles have uploaded. By using Android app, you can upload any photograph after taking it with your phone straight to the Google Plus.
When you add a photo, it will prompt you to create an album. Once that album is created it will ask which of your circles you would like to share it with. This is a prime differentiator from Facebook where all of your photos are visible to all of your friends by default. You can also pick an individual to share photos with instead of an entire circle.
Photo uploading is easy within Plus just like adding a picture or an attachment to a Gmail document, you can drag-and-drop from your desktop or click the on the upload button and browse your computer for pictures.
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