Google has decided to add a new weapon to the Social media war going on by redesigning their Social media website – Google+. Google+ has a beautiful new look that will make you look at the address bar again to ascertain if you are at the right place. Google decided to change things around and this lead to rolling out a major overhaul to the design of Google+.
A quick visit to Google+ will get you to agree with me that the new Google+ looks better than the old Google+. And to crown it all, Google+ team has announced the addition of 42 new features for the Social network. In the past Google has really found it difficult to win over Facebook users and I am one of those that believe that Facebook’s awesome looks and easy use may be one of the reasons for this. Google+ new looks will definitely make it easier for such users to migrate to Google+.
The New Look of Google+
The Google+ design overhaul includes a fancy, multi-column stream timeline. The multi-column stream can be condensed into one column or stretched into three depending on screen size. Google+ now allows auto-hashtag on posts with relevant tags and also photos without descriptions. You can also turn this feature off or delete tags wrongly tagged contents. Google is pushing to creating a Social network with a central hub to all your basic services on the internet.
You can easily have a quick look at all your +1’s, Youtube, Photos, Posts, reviews etc from your Google+ profile. The new Google+ notification is my favorite part of the new design, it is easier to see a long list of things I have been shared with or mentioned on. You can also switch to see your posts and others posts easily from same tab.
Google+ Hangout is now a stand-alone, cross-platform app to let you easily make video chats with your circles on Google+. Images, texts can be shared on this app easily; you can also add everyone from a group into a video chat by tapping on the video icon on the group tab. Group chat history can be saved as well.
Editing and sharing images on Google+ just got easier as Google advanced on their photography features for editing and sharing images within their Social network. Just like I already said, Google is making efforts to integrate all their services into Google+ and as a user of Google+ I like the idea from a purely functional standpoint. Call me a “Google fanboy” you won’t be too far from the truth.
What is your view of the new Google+ looks? Do you find it easier to use now than before? Do you think the new looks of Google+ can push it a notch higher to posing a real threat to the Social network king – Facebook? Let me hear from you, use the comment form below to share your views and remember to subscribe to my RSS feed.
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