Know everything about: Google+
Growing in numbers Google+ is the social network you need to be on.
Backed by everyone’s favourite search site Google, the next-big social network is predicted to be Google+, but why would you care and how is Google going to get you to use Google+?
This year, Google gave every aspect of Google+ a major revamp from the way it handles photos to the apps you use to access it on Android and Apple devices, so if you’ve never tried it now is the perfect time to.
Like Facebook, Google+ is all about sharing your thoughts, photos, fun websites and almost anything else under the internet with all and sundry.
At the heart of Google+ are its “Circles”, these are an easy way to group contacts into friendly collections of your family, friends, colleagues or your favourite singers or stars. This makes it easier to quickly filter who you’re talking to or what your main news feed includes.
The other key feature that’s widely used is Google+ Hangouts. Hangouts allows large groups of people to have simultaneous text, voice and video chats together.
While this is great for keeping in contact with friends or family it’s also enabling groups to share interests together such as astronomy. Even the White House used Google+ Hangouts when President Obama took questions on his State of the Union address back in Janauary.
If you consider that these work from your tablet and phone you can see quiet how powerful they are.
Newly added are Events. This is a glimpse into how powerful Google+ could be, combining Gmail, Google Calendar, Google+ and Picasa photos into a single tool that helps you organise an event.
Everyone who signs up will have their email and calendars updated via Google, while any photos shared are automatically included in the event’s photo album.
The newly updated Android and Apple iOS tablet and phone apps bring a fresh face to Google+. News items are now beautifully present in a scrolling list of news updates. You can of course easily filter these by your circles, then start a hangout, check for nearby places of interest and everything the desktop version can do.
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