Online giant Google has unveiled its new social networking project Google+. It’s a huge project that aims to place all of Google’s services on one social platform. It hopes to be a strong rival to Facebook to take first place in social networking.

Similar to Facebook’s notification bar Google has redesigned its nativation bar to alert users about new activity in their accounts. Google+  not only allows individuals to share photos, messages and comments, it also integrates the company’s maps and images into the service.

Google is king of the searches and handles about two out of every three internet searches in the U.S.  However, some analysts say that Google has merely reproduced the features of Facebook while adding a video chat function. Its previous efforts into social networking failed and, in spite of all the naysayers, they’re likely succeed this time. We’ll only know after users (including genealogists) have kicked the tires.

Google+ has a mobile aspect, which will likely appeal to people using Android phones. Almost every update made through Google+ lets users add location data. Also addressed is the problem with unreliable data networks and hopefully solved by building in Instant Upload. This feature will save pictures that get cut off through faulty connections and upload them later on.

According to a LinkedIn review “The company is now boasting that four features in Google+ could help make the company a permanent player in social networking:

  • Circles – a functionality that allows individuals to place friends into groups, allowing users to share different forms of content with targeted clusters of friends
  • Hangouts – live multi-user video conferencing that permits friends to drop in and out of live group conversations
  • Huddle – group instant messaging
  • Sparks – a feature that connects individuals on the network to others with common interests.

The current version of Google+ has only been released to a small number of users, but the company has said it soon hopes to make the social network available to the millions of individuals that use its services each day.”

Although the opinions may be justified, most analysts reports already sound skeptical about Google+ as a rival to Facebook. I could mention many downsides of Facebook here, but I’m sure that you’re all aware of them. It’ll be interesting to see how Google+ shapes up.

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