Google launched Google+ social networking site 2 days back and today I got my hands on Google+ invitation and so far I’m playing with Google+. Here I’m sharing my first hand experience with Google+.
Google+ social networking site looks more like Facebook at first stage. More over, I’m sure those who landed on Google+, must be comparing it with Facebook for sure. Anyways, Google+ can be called as an advanced version of Facebook. Google+ has taken care of all the features which Facebook offers and taken care of controversial Facebook privacy feature. By using social circles, Google has simplified the privacy features.
This is how Google+ homepage looks like. More or less looks like a clone of Facebook. Google+ design is simple and elegant. At this moment, its ad free but I wonder, how this homepage will look with advertisements. Google+ also brought this new feature call “Start a Hangout” which will let you start a group video chat. This is something which Facebook has been missing from long. Like Facebook chat, you can use Google+ to chat with your friends. Also like Facebook like, Google has integrated Google like button with all the comments and updates. More over homepage updates itself automatically, so you need not need to refresh all the time.
Stream feature on sidebar will quickly let you see the updates from your friends. This is more like Facebook list feature.
Download Google+ data:
If you remember some time back Facebook allowed users to take complete backup of their Facebook profile. Similarly Google+ added a feature call Data liberation. This feature will let you download all your Google+ data along with all Picasa images, Download Google+ circles and contacts.
Connect multiple account:
This is a useful feature for Bloggers and webmasters. From here you can connect your profiles from different social media profile. More over from here you can also control which link should be visible on your Google+ profile.
Google+ photos is very simplified and you can use your picasa album to be visible to your Google+ friends. Those album which privacy is set to private, will be visible to you only. When you create a new album, you can control the privacy of the photo album. By default it will be shared to public, though you can remove public and add group or individual.
Google+ Hang out feature:
I’m sure this is one feature which is going to change the way we use social networking site. Till now Facebook and other social networking sites are limited to chatting. Google+ added a feature to allow video chat and you can add multiple people in this video chat.
Google+ profile has everything that you might be looking in your next social networking site. Google+ profile has extra tabs for +1 and Buzz, which will start showing your +1 articles and articles you shared on Google Buzz. Indeed, Google has given another birth to Google Buzz feature. This is something which is going to fascinate bloggers and webmasters and it’s time to go back and integrate Google buzz button into our site.
Over all Google Plus is going to be one cool place to hang out. Unlike Facebook which was primarily focused on College crowd, when it was launched, Google+ is targeted to everyone. Since Every now is getting on Google+, it will be interesting to see Google+ Vs Facebook stats after some time.
Google should also consider giving any top-level domain name to Google+. May be something like Goolgeplus.com, plus.com. Right now, it’s is on sub-domain plus.google.com. I’m also exploring how bloggers can get benefit from Google+ site.
I would love to know your first reaction and review of Google+ social networking site?