I just got invited to use Google+ and I have to say, there is so much promise there.
It’s a great and smooth interface that combines elements from most known social networking platforms.
You can add people to circles that are categorized based on the degree of you knowing them: friends, family, acquaintance, etc…
Your home screen is a feed of everything that the people in your circles share. You can comment and interact with them on the home feed. You can also share things you like, specifying which circles you want what you share to appear to. In addition to that, you can categorize which stream you want to see by simply clicking on the circle you wish to check.
Moreover, there is a cool option called: Sparks. It basically allows you to pin interests on your profile so you can stay updated on everything that’s current in that field.
Also, another cool feature is hangout. It allows you to have a video chat session with a selected friend or circle, sort of like hanging out in cyberspace. Google+ also has a mobile app, although it’s not available for all platforms at this point so I can’t test it out on my iPhone. You also get to mute posts you don’t want to see by clicking on the arrow next to the post.
You can update your profile with a tagline that summarizes who you are. There’s a “Bragging Rights” section where you post things you’re proud of. Places You’ve Lived and Education are also included on your profile. You get to post pictures and videos.
Gtalk is integrated with Google+ as well, even for your contacts that don’t have Google+ yet.
And instead of the “legendary” Facebook like button, Google is introducing its +1 version, which is widely used on the social networking website twitter. You can check all the things to which you have clicked +1 directly from your profile.
Moreover, everything with Google+ is available to you at any Google page you visit: your notifications, a quick link to your home feed…
That’s pretty much what I’ve used out of Google+ so far. I’ll make sure to edit this post with any additional information. Now, if you want an invite, let me know your gmail email in a comment on this post.
PS: If the invite doesn’t work right away, try again at some other time. If you receive an email from me, then you are invited!