What’s it all about?
It’s basically Google’s answer to Facebook, but with added extras. A social network on speed, if you will. It allows you to connect with people, live chat with groups of friends, make video calls, share your photos and videos online and stream all of your interests in the one place.
How does it work?
There are currently five aspects of the site, with more to be added later:
You have different friendship circles in real life; school friends, work friends, uni friends, random friends and Google+ circles work off this principle. What you would share with your closest girlfriends is probably not something you would want your Great Aunt Beryl to know about. You can name each circle and drag and drop people into them and know you are only sharing photos and updates with that group.
This is the video chat part of Google+, with hangouts you can see what friends are online and with a click of a button, join their ‘hangout’. Which is like a group video Skype chat, but free.
Sparks work like Facebook’s live feed function, but it only displays content you are interested in. You can select anything from juggling to organic food and it will flag videos, articles and blogs for you to watch, read or share. The idea behind this is that you will then onshare it with your friendship circles to ‘spark’ conversation.
This option allows your phone to automatically upload any photos or footage you take straight to your Google account, ready for you to share on Google+ or save to your computer. If like me, this option scares you a little, you are able to turn it off.
This is pretty much the same as Facebook’s news feed, however you can select which circles you choose to get updates from.