Google+ goes public

Social networking site now open to for everyone to join

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Google+ goes public Google+ is now open to all.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 21, 2011

Anyone can now join the Google+ social network, after it was opened following two-and-a-half months in closed ‘field' testing.

Google+ was initially offered only to journalists and those working in technology related fields, but members' ability to invite friends meant that the user base grew to 10 million in the two weeks after it launched.

Market estimates now put that figure at 25million.

Google+ features several innovative features that set it apart from its biggest rival, Facebook. These innovations include its multi-person ‘hangouts' video chat.

Google is adding several new features to the service following the public beta launch, these include video hangouts on Android smartphones - allowing multi-person chats, the integration of search within Google+ - allowing members to find results from socially shared information, as well as across the wider web.

Facebook has recently rolled out a number of new features, which in some cases echo those of Google+, but the company argues that these have been in the pipeline for far longer.

The new Facebook upgrades include a revamp of the social network's friend system, making it easier to add people to categories, similar to Google Circles.

Facebook users will also now be able to link their status updates directly to their Twitter feed.

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