Take the groups, lengthy posts and privacy controls of Facebook, blend it with the information overload and new-user discovery benefit of Twitter, and voilà: Google+ is born.
Google is trying its hand again at social networking with Google+ (also called Google Plus, or if you want to sound like a techie, just write it as G+). It operates on putting people in circles like acquaintances, best buds, swim team, work colleagues. Those users will never know which circle you threw them into but they do know you are interested in following their public posts.
What makes it more evolved than Twitter is that you can separate which group, er, I mean circle, can see that message. So both people dont have to agree to be friends to see a feed of activity, but theres more control over who sees a post than on Twitter.
Theres a little bit more to Google+ than circles. For example, a handy feature called Hangout lets you instantly create a video chat room with friends. The Sparks area compiles news relating to different keywords. Its also a very visually attractive site with a clean, animated design. For example, you can drag peoples heads into these donut-shaped circles, and hovering a mouse over a name is a quick, painless way to follow that person within a circle.
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