This Blog hopes to educate you on the possibilities and functions of Google+ and highlight its strengths and weaknesses, i am a big fan of Google+ and as such have a biased opinion. How ever this blog will hopefully give you some information you didn't already know about the site and maybe even convince you to try it out for yourself.
The History of Networking
A General Overview of Google+
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"Google+ aims to utilize the full potential of not only social networking sites but of all available internet tools, with Google+ you can chat, call, video chat, share, watch, document and so on. Among the programs partnered with Google+ we have Youtube, tumbler and Blogspot. By offering such a large number of functions in a simplistic fashion we see Google+ becoming the social networking giant we hope it can be".
And so far Google+ seems to have delivered on their promise. Google+ combines the best elements of the internet into a simple networking tool that is effortless enough that anyone can use it.
Top Functions Available on Google+
Google+ utilizes a concept of "circles", this method allows you to easily organize your friends into categories which you can individually share posts with. So if you want to share a post that you feel would be unappropriated for certain friends thats not a problem. When you start Google+ there are four circles already available; Friends, Family, Following and Acquaintances, How every you can create and delete circles of your own free will. With circles you can add people to your circles that need not add you, this means you can see what they are up to while they needn't see your posts. This means Google+ can function much like twitter, just with unlimited characters, photos, videos, links and locations. This coupled with Google+'s unique privacy functions mean you can share what you want with who you want.
Google+ can be integrated with all existing Google tools. These include Gmail, Youtube, Chrome, Documents, Search, Android phones, videos and much more. That is, Google will build Google+ social networking features and tools into almost all of its existing online services. this lets you monitor all Google+ events (updates, messages, etc.) as well as share content with friends without ever leaving the Google service you happen to be using.
If you are an Android user Google+ will offer the perfect social tool. Instant notifications and a faster upload system will allow you to socialize quickly and effortlessly. And with the chat function that Google+ utilizes you will almost certainly save you money, not least because Google will let you access Google+ on your Android phone for free.
Data Storage and Editing:
Google+ automatically stores all your information on their data base so that you can get hold of old post and even conversations years after they happen. How ever, unlike facebook you can delete any data you want permanently. It also stored your information in your own personal folder so that after making a post or a comment you can go back and edit it at a later date. This means once a post is made and you spot a typo you can edit it out with ease.
When you upload a photo to your profile the interface will auto detect faces. How ever, unlike facebook it will not try and tag your friends for you. All you need to do if type your friends name into the box. Also unlike Facebook you can resize your tag window, allowing you more options when tagging. But there’s a big difference in the way Google handles the privacy aspect of photo tagging. When you tag someone, you see this note: “Adding this tag will notify the person you have tagged. They will be able to view the photo and the related album.”Facebook, on the other hand, does not make an effort to warn people the they’ve been tagged (possibly in an unflattering or compromising photo) and give them an immediate chance to remove the tag.
Chat, Talk and Video Chat:
Google+ uses an innovative system of chat much like the one used by skype. the interface lets you instant message, call and video chat with your friends. Not only this but it lets you start up group conferences while still being able to work online. They couple this together with a function call "hangouts" which uses the chat function and turns it into a work/play place where you can work and share together.