Internet giant, Google has significantly revived it social networking platform, `Google +’ in order to attract more users to the service that competes with the likes of Facebook and Twitter.
Experts say that the update leaves Google + look
ing much more like its larger rival Facebook. Google unveiled a refresh of Google+, which boasts 170 million members but is much behind Facebook, which is the world’s largest social networking site with close to 800 million active users from around the world and with an aim to touch one billion user mark soon.
Google, which is already the world’s biggest online search company, is increasingly focusing on the social networking space. The Google + social networking initiative from the company, is becoming a fundamental part of the company’s strategy, after it created a lot of buzz on the internet.
The new Google + will feature icons the left side of the main screen allowing users to drag apps up or down to create their preferred order. They can also show or hide apps by moving them over to “More” tab.
The company has also upgraded the popular Hangouts feature that allows users to come together though video conferencing. The site will now have a dedicated Hangouts page that will feature an updated list of invitations from the people in a user’s circles and access to all public and On Air hangout. The page will also allow users to watch a live broadcast and a rotating billboard of popular hangouts, pro tips and other items.
Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra wrote in a company blog post said, “Simply put, we’re hoping to make sharing more awesome by making it more evocative. You know that feeling you get when a piece of art takes your breath away, or when a friend stops by with unexpected gifts? We want sharing to feel like that, every single time.”