Google Inc., the world’s biggest search engine is now set to take down Facebook with its new Google+. It offers similar functions like Facebook such as streaming updates of photos, messages, comments and other content from selected groups of friends. It will also integrate Google’s maps and images.
This is another attempt by Google to breakthrough this section of the internet after abandoning its project called the Google Buzz last year. Its Orkut site is also not doing very well as Facebook as it’s famous in some countries like India and Pakistan but is unable to attract users from other countries.
The new service will initially be available to only a limited set of users as it is still in the testing mode.
Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, says that they should start focusing on social media as it plays a very important role in the internet business. The Google+ will include a few unique features such as Circles, Sparks and Hangouts. It will also introduce some special features for mobile users such as instant upload and Huddle.
‘Circles’ is a function which allows its users to group different people based on categories created by them. You could separate your friends and families in different circles and can choose to share some things with only a particular circle.
‘Sparks’ looks for videos and articles it thinks you’ll like, so when you’re free, there’s always something to watch, read, and share. It combines news into social networking.
‘Hangouts’ allows users to chat face-to-face with many friends together while you are online on the site.
Instant Upload and Huddle
Instant Upload allows all your photos to upload themselves when you take them while Huddle takes care of your text messages by turning all those different conversations into one simple group chat.
According to ComScore Inc., Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, captured 13 percent of total hours people spent online in May, while Google only attracted 10 percent. It has to change the way it works to attract more users. Reports from Bloomberg say the shares of Google rose $10.85, or 2.3 percent, to $493.65 yesterday. Their shares have fallen 17 percent this year.
To find out more about the Google+ project, head straight to their official website here.