Google which recently introduced its brand new social networking service Google+ has hit the headlines of every popular forum and websites. It is well-known that Google plus is a direct challenge to Facebook in its own home turf of social networking. One general comment about Google plus is about its close resemblance with Facebook. This news is widely believed as only a limited set of people have access to Google plus. We have already mentioned about the closure of the initial Google plus invite and will invite everyone who has subscribed to our e-mail alerts or followed us in Facebook.
Google plus is a social networking service and hence it is designed to have certain features similar to that of Facebook or any other social networking website. But, this doesn’t mean that Google has done nothing new. To start with let me introduce you to Google circles. Unlike Facebook where my comments and photos will be viewable by my friend’s friend, Google plus allows me to share anything within a particular group alone. The group can be as small as four member family or it can be your group of swimming club members.
A good social networking service should try to replicate a real-life conversation between two friends. In simple words if you speak with your friend at his home you can be sure that your friend is the only one listening to you. This is exactly what Google plus has achieved. Hopefully Facebook will follow suit. There are other interesting features like video chatting within a group and text messaging to members belonging to a particular group. In Facebook a pair of friends will have their updates visible to both of them. In Google plus a friend of mine can view my updates without sharing his or her update.
Google plus is not just another project of Google but it is Google’s answer to its critics about its ability to customize its search result based upon social information. It is however true that Google spent more time towards enhancing its search algorithm rather than utilizing the information which was available in the social networking world.