Google is taking another stab at the social space with a new service, called Google+.
For now, Google is quick to call Google+ a "project," and acknowledged that the social service still has "rough edges." However, it currently has a host of features to help people communicate over the Web with friends and family.
Google+ is designed around "Circles" that allow users to group people within their social sphere into different categories. Google says that those who a person met Saturday night, for example, can be grouped into their own category, while parents can be placed into another. Users can then decide to share only certain information with different Circles.
In addition, the social service includes a feature called Hangouts that lets users find others that are "hanging out" on the Web. If the user decides to join a hangout, he or she will be able to engage in a video chat with the others at the specific hangout. Google+ also comes with an Instant Upload option that automatically uploads all photos and videos from a person's phone to their profile. From there, they can decide who to share that content with.
Source: Google's new social move: Google+ | The Digital Home - CNET News
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So seems another attempt by Google at social networking space after Buzz went flop and the ever decreasing popularity of Orkut, seems they're feeling the Facebook heat. It and has some good features like group video chat. Also there seems to be a greater emphasis on 'privacy' here. Google Plus App is available for Android and iPhone.
As always like many Google services, it's only available to select people now and can only be joined by an invite. What you guys think? Will it see the same fate as Google Wave/Buzz?