Google launches new social networking site

Google+ is designed to rival Facebook, features enhanced sharing and geo-tagging options

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Google launches new social networking site Google has launched a social networking website called Google+, designed to rival Facebook.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 29, 2011

Google has launched a new social networking site, Google+, for field trials. The site is designed to rival Facebook, which has now gathered over 500m users.

"We'd like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests. And so begins the Google+ project," said Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President, Engineering in a post on the official Google Blog.

The new social networking site features +Circles, designed to allow users to share what they want with specific groups of people or social circles, instead of sharing with all friends.

"From close family to foodies, we found that people already use real-life circles to express themselves, and to share with precisely the right folks. So we did the only thing that made sense: we brought Circles to software. Just make a circle, add your people, and share what's new - just like any other day," said Gundotra.

The site also features +Sparks, an online sharing engine which is designed to deliver content from across the internet to users in 40 different languages, based on a user's interests.

+Hangouts is an onscreen social gathering tool, designed to combine an online meet-up with live multi-person video.

"Hangouts lets you stop by when you're free, and spend time with your Circles. Face-to-face-to-face," said Gundotra.

The +Mobile application in Google+ lets users share directly from their phones and includes support for features like GPS, cameras, and messaging capabilities.

Google+'s +Location feature is designed to allow users to share where they are on every post they send out if they choose.

The +Instant Upload feature uploads photos directly from your phone as you are shooting to a private album in the cloud, with a user's permission, ready to share when the user wants to.

According to Google, +Huddle allows users to coordinate with friends and family via group messaging, which lets everyone inside the specific Circle know what's going on.
Google+ is currently available on the Android Market and mobile web.

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