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Google+ Introduced, A New Way to Share Your Social Life

Wow.  So Google just unveiled Google+ which looks to be one hell of an impressive social tool that may even stretch beyond what Facebook has been doing for the last few years.  Through this new service (which is invite-only at this time – sign up here), Google is preaching the idea that users want to have more control over what they are sharing and who can see it.  I would 100% agree to that.  We all have different pockets of friends, groups, drinking buddies, sports teams, etc. that don’t necessarily need to see everything in our lives.  With Google+, you get to pick and choose who sees what, and that’s a pretty big thing (check out this demo site).

The whole “project” has an impressive set of features such as +Circles, +Sparks, +Hangouts, +Mobile and +Huddle that all come together to make this, at least to me, the next big phase in social networking and sharing.  I think the big struggle now is to figure out how we can pry all of our friends from Facebook and get them into using something new and fresh.  I guess we would also need to make sure they continue to purchase Android phones as well, until this launches on that other platform.

There are a whole set of videos to get you up to speed on each aspect of Google+ after the break, including a link to the mobile app.  Remember though, you have to receive an invite in order to use it.  

Introduction to Google+:

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Google+ on Mobile: Market Link

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Exploring Google Circles:

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Exploring Google Sparks:

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Exploring Google Hangouts:

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Google Huddle:

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Instant Upload:

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You can read all there is to know about Google+ at the Google Blog.

Tell me what you guys think?  Is it too late for Google in the social-sphere?  Is this your next social network?

Cheers Tony and Mark!

  • ethan360

    ethanhansen360@gmail.com please invite!! thanks

  • Shafj00

    Shafj00@gmail.com would love an invite :-)

  • Amsnyda

    looks sweet

  • http://twitter.com/darkzero7 Anthony Mai

    I’ve been using this service since last night, It will make me switch. I love it.

  • Spencer9663

    Okay I got an invite but everytime I click Learn More it says I am too young to use this feature. First of all I do not remember signing over my actual birth date and second is 17 too young to use a social network? >>

  • DROID

    DROID

  • DROID

    DROID

  • http://www.facebook.com/velbovets Serge Velbovets

    Will Google+ beat Facebook? Let’s vote here www.voterloo.com/y to find out who is stronger!

  • Droider

    Jeez, just put the phone down and put the computers away and hang out face to face.

  • jb

    I think this will simply cause FB to pickup any worthwhile features and implement them before they have a chance to hit the masses via Google’s new platform.  There are just too many people who rely on FB.  Plus, requiring a gmail account will be the downfall of this platform.  Yes you need a gmail account for your droid based device, but there are still PLENTY of people who don’t have a droid based device and have no plans to open or use a gmail account.

    I don’t see this going anywhere.  But… I’d be happy to use it if/when it picks up steam!  I’d love to get the hell away from FB.

  • Anonymous

    I like this Circles thing, no more double facebook for family

  • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun scott braunworth

    I have Twitter, but I still don’t grab the concept of twitter, I think I need a crash course..  All it looks like to me is people posting their every move, with dumb things in front like @peterpan101 well ya know #littletiger aww came home today, went shopping @wholefoods too cool #Herpes..  I just don’t get it, to weird for me I guess.  following and followers?  I was taught to be a leader, not a Follower!   

  • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun scott braunworth

    I have Twitter, but I still don’t grab the concept of twitter, I think I need a crash course..  All it looks like to me is people posting their every move, with dumb things in front like @peterpan101 well ya know #littletiger aww came home today, went shopping @wholefoods too cool #Herpes..  I just don’t get it, to weird for me I guess.  following and followers?  I was taught to be a leader, not a Follower!   

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  • http://twitter.com/ChrisJGarner Christopher Garner

    Goodbye Facebook.

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  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ Max

    thank god a social service that can kill crappy facebook the only thing is getting people to use this and making it cross platform for black berry (almost dead), iphone, and any other phones including android with already has the apps

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

    Facebook is a nightmare. However, people don’t care about efficiency and features. They just go with the crowd