Google has again entered into the social networking game with it’s new Google + platform. Just shy of three months old and already boasts more than 26 million users! As of July 16, Google + is the 42nd most-visited social networking site in the U.S. and the 638th most-visited site on the web. And ladies, if you think all of the men are at sporting events, parks or coffee shops – think again! It’s raining men on Google + – with 72 percent of the users being men and 94 percent claim they’re looking for love!
Here are the top 4 things I love about Google +!
Hangouts are group video chats that let users talk to their friends in real time. Unlike Skype, which charges a fee for multiple users, up to 10 people can participate in one hangout at a time, totally free of cost. What’s more, if you want to watch the latest funny cat video with nine of your closest friends, now you can, thanks to Google +’s integration with YouTube. Users can choose the desired video on YouTube, click “Share” and then “Start a Google + Hangout.” Instant Party!
I love my family, but I’m sick of them stalking me on Facebook! Google + has a solution: a feature that allows users to organize contacts into separate groups or “circles” to pick and choose what those circles can view. Circles also lets users filter their stream, Google +’s version of Facebook’s News Feed. So when you’re tired of reading your aunt’s 14 million posts a day about her new online business, simply click over from your “family” stream to “friends” stream and problem solved! Google + also has “Suggested Users” feature that enables adding famous people (or random strangers) to your circles. Users can see updates from their favorite celebrities or bloggers – even if they’re technically not your real-life friends. So yes, I can take my Alexander Skarsgard-stalkerdom to an entirely new level!
Farmville and Mafia Wars might be fun, but if you don’t want to play them, the constant invites are annoying. I get about 12,393,493 invites every day and I do not want to join! Yes, I was sure when I turned down your request four months ago, and I was sure when I turned it down three weeks ago, and I am still sure I don’t want to join them today! Sure there are ways to hide the requests, but that extra step to get there is annoying. Google + announced integrating web-based games with titles including Angry Birds, Bejewled Blitz, Zynga Poker & Sudoku. But Google states that games in Google + don’t get in the way – they are there when you want them and gone when you don’t.
These days a phone is the perfect sharing accessory: it’s always with you, it’s always online and it’s how we stay close with our closest friends. Google + didn’t just want another mobile experienced, so they focused on things to make your pocket computer even more personal. With Google +, users can choose to add their location to every post. Also, getting photos off your phone is a huge pain, and most of us don’t even bother. Google + has an Instant Upload to help users share their photos. While snapping pictures, Google + adds your photos to a private album in the cloud. This way they are always available across your devices and ready to share as each user sees fit.
Here’s a fun infographic I found about Google +! I find it funny that Mark Zuckerberg is the top person on Google + with over 450,000 followers.