First Encounter with the so-called Facebook Killer – Google Plus

by on July 3, 2011

in Google, Google+

There is already a lot of buzz going on about the latest project from Google which they have named as Google Plus and I do not think that I need to really tell you about it; as you might already know it through your Facebook and Twitter feeds, as that is what everyone is talking about. I recently got my hands on to Google+ and thought of sharing with you, the first impression that I got after using this new Facebook.

What is Google Plus Project?

For those, who have been living in the caves in the past few weeks, Google Plus Project is the latest attempt by the internet giant to have some presence in the social networking phenomenon which is currently dominated by Facebook. We have already share with you an infographic on “The Battle of the Giants – Facebook vs Google” and the launch of Google Plus further intensifies it. 😉

What is Google Plus

Some people are quoting it as the Facebook Killer as it has got all the features that Facebook has and on top of that it gives you more advanced features that Facebook itself does not, but lets’ not forget Google’s previous attempts towards the social networking in the form of Buzz, Wave and Orkut which failed badly. 😉

Look and Feel – It is beautiful!

This is the feature which everybody is praising about Google+. It is very neat and clean; many users are praising the sleekness of its User Interface. It is very easy to use and not at all cluttered; I personally feel that Google has finally got it right this time and the credit goes to Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original designers of the Apple Macintosh GUI. The UI is not only tidy and easy to understand but has got a flavour and character of its own.

Unlike Facebook, it does not have any ads anywhere on the pages. But we do not know, if Google also starts loading G+ with Adsense ads. 😛

Also Read: How to apply the New Google+ Cool theme to your Gmail Inbox?

Google Plus Profile - Bloggers Stream

Integration with the rest of Google

The Google Plus integrates really well with the rest of the Google products like Gmail, where you can see the Google Plus notification right on the Gmail top right corner which even allows you to update your Google+ plus status right from Gmail window. The same is applicable to all other Google products like Google docs, Picassa and, Google Reader. This gives Google another advantage over Facebook as Google has a far bigger user base than Facebook, which in the lines of more that 1 billion against Facebook’s 700 million.

Google Plus Notifications in Gmail

Google+ itself has the various products like Google chat, Buzz, +1, Picassa albums integrated at the same place reinforcing that Google intends to be social. :)

+1 and Buzz tabs in Google Plus

Selective Sharing

Google Plus provides you with the selective sharing option which Facebook currently doesn’t. When you want to share a photo or link or a text on Google+, you have an option to share the post with the public or specific Circles only. There can be situation where you want to share information with only your co-workers and nobody else. In that case, you can simply select the specific Circle while posting that update and only the members of that circle will be able to see your update. This is one of the features I liked the most.

Selective sharing in Google Plus

Circles are awesome

Google has changed the way how you group your friends and loved ones by introducing Circles which is a far more innovative way to organise your social media friends. And it is fun too. You can group your friends in different circles which is as easy as drag-and-drop, far more user friendly that Facebook and Twitter lists.

Google Plus Circles

Sparks – Follow your interests the easy way

Sparks is another interesting feature of Google+ using which you can simply search your interest and Google+ will look out for videos and articles that it thinks you’ll like, so that when you’re free there’s always something to watch, read and share. Simply go to the Sparks link in your profile (Left hand side).

When you first arrive in Sparks, you’ll see a collection of featured interests. If nothing strikes your fancy, search for an interest in the Search bar and simply “Add Interest”

Google Plus Sparks - Add your Interest

Hangouts – Video Chat Feature in Google+

imageHangouts is a group video chat feature that allows one user to start a video chat session, called a Hangout – and other users from their Circles can pop in and video chat. A user can start a hangout open to specific Circles, all Circles or even specific people.

You simply need to click on “Start a Hangout” which is located in the right side of the homepage. This opens a pop up where you need to check your webcam and mic are working and add some people from different circles or if you want, you may go Public as well. Once done, simply start the hangout by clicking on “Hangout” button. Below is how the Hangout – Google Plus Video Chat feature looks like.

Google Hangout - Video Chat with your Circles

Instant Upload makes sharing Photos and Videos easy

If you are a very much into social networking, you would be sharing a lot of photos and videos with your loved ones. But when you have to take them and upload every time, it sometimes gets very irritating. This problem has been taken care of by Google.

With Instant Upload feature in Google+, your photos and videos upload themselves automatically, to a private album on Google+. All you have to do is decide who to share them with. Once you change the sharing settings, your particular Circles will be able to see your photos and videos. [This feature is open to Android devices only.]

Instant upload your Videos and Photos to Google+

Huddle – Group Chat Feature

Huddle is a group chat feature in Google Plus which allows you to chat with many friends at once. There’s no limit to the number of people you can chat with, and any participant can invite others to join.

Google+ Huddle - Group chat feature

Above are some interesting features that I likes in the Google Plus Project, the latest attempt by Google to reinforce its ground in the Social networking world. It is nice and fun to use and puts forward some new features which have an edge over Facebook.

People are discussing – Does Google Plus kill Facebook / Twitter? Well, who cares? I am going to use all 3 ;), but more importantly, I’ll be using some Google products which I never thought of using before like +1 and Buzz, but because they are integrated into Google Plus now, I have got a reason to explore them more.

How do you like the latest attempt to battle Facebook? Do share your views in the comments section below.

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Article by Amandeep Singh

Owner of Technolism. A Software Engineer by profession, an Engineer by education and a Web enthusiast and Blogger by Passion. You can catch him on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

Amandeep has written 222 informative articles for Technolism.

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Wordpress Trends

Very Good Post and Really helpfull for all blogger. I think it will help me very much for my Blogging Purpose.

Thank’s For Sharing this.

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Saumya

Nice one mate! To be honest, till now I wasn’t sure what the fuss was all about but now I can’t wait to plug into G+. Not just because it looks a lot more than just social networking, but also because I never liked the UI of FB and the fact that an Apple Veteran has designed the look and feel of this one has really piqued my interest!

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Amandeep Singh

:)

I knew that where Apple has an involvement in any product, you are surely gonna be interested 😉 And the fact is, Yes, the UI is awesome, it is clean, very sleek and attractive; not at all cluttered.

I was lucky enough to get an invite. Google+ team has stopped the invites now, otherwise I would have sent you an invite. As soon as it is open, I will send you one and you can have a look for yourself :)

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admin

It may be too early to see google plus as a facebook killer. It is not easy for Google to replace facebook in social networking domain so easily.

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EmuMay

You seem to like G+ very much (so do I), but why the heck don’t you have a +1 Button on this blog? That would be the best way to support this project, don’t you think? 😉

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Amandeep Singh

Very well said EmuMay.. Actually Technolism just completed 1 year in July and I am going to have a new look to the blog… So, I had stopped making any changes. But, I appreciate your advice to have a G+ button and I will soon be adding it… :)

Thanks, your feedback is much appreciated :)

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Google Plus Features

Nice Post. Its going to be quite tough for Google to compete with Facebook in social network domain.

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Amandeep Singh

Ya.. very true as Facebook is dominant and the only key player in the social media domain… but Google has got it right this time and we have to wait and watch how people take it when it becomes open to all :)

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Manish

very nice post.. really helpful for all people

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Crear Cuenta Outlook

hi i see this is from JULY 3, 2011 what you think now, google + is good bu facebook is the king.

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