Messaging & Online Collaboration: Google+ Project Emerges as Facebook With More Refined Manners

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-07-01
 
 
 

Touring Google+

Waiting for our invite to be processed, eWEEK takes the interactive video tour, which highlights the components that make up Google+.

Touring Google+

Social Circles

Circles make it easy to put people in a group and begin sharing info. Users can enter friends names and email addresses to add them to a Circle.

Social Circles

Drag-and-Drop

Dragging and dropping profiles in Circles is an easy way to add people to a group.

Drag-and-Drop

Giving Off Sparks

Sparks is a sort of news feed/topic generation tool.

Giving Off Sparks

Sparks in Action

Behold! A list of interests in a user's profile.

Sparks in Action

Streaming

The social status update stream in Google+ allows users to add photos, videos, links and their location.

Streaming

Hangouts

Users can join Hangouts to conduct video chats with friends in a Circle.

Hangouts

Huddle Up

The Huddle feature enables group messaging.

Huddle Up

Photo, Video Uploads

Upload lets users add photos and videos from their mobile phones.

Photo, Video Uploads

Video Tour

Take this brief video tour of Google+ to better familiarize yourself with how it works.

Video Tour

Mobile App

Google+ came to the Android Market for Android smartphones and tablets today. It's expected to hit Apple's App Store later.

Mobile App

Busted

However, after we downloaded it, we received a message saying we weren't able to access the app yet. Here's what the app looks like in this photo, and in this video.

Busted

Tapping Picasa

So, we received our invitation as we were compiling this preview. We logged in and were greeted with this offer. Where does Google+ get all of those photos? By linking users' Picasa accounts, of course!

Tapping Picasa

Welcome

Here is what an official Google+ landing screen looks like. Stay tuned for more Google+ from eWEEK this week!

Welcome

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