For the past two hours, i’ve been testing Google’s new service–the Google+. It’s Google’s social networking site which, by all angles, is somewhat inspired by Facebook.
Facebook-look-alike? Well, here are some of its similarities:
- It has Stream on its homepage–the equivalent of News Feed of Facebook;
- The Profile page is almost similar to Facebook as far as its interface is concerned;
- The home page has also two sidebars for other features; and
- It has chat (using the Gmail’s Chat feature) which is capable of voice and video chats.
What Google+ has which Facebook doesn’t have:
- Hangout— it’s video chat box using your live webcam. You can view not only one but as many friends on your circle.
- Image upload can be done Drag & Drop, making it easy for us to transfer pictures from our computers. Your Picasa pictures can also be found in your albums here.
- Photo from your phone— if you have an Android phone, uploading pictures is easy from your mobile. The pictures uploaded from your phone are stored on the album “Photo from your phone” which is kept private until shared.
- When you say Google– it’s fast! Changing pages from one another is like opening your Gmail boxes.
First-hand impression is–it’s powerful considering that the major services of Google are converging in Google+. There are skeptics if this would be a Johnny-too-late thing considering Facebook has a huge 700 million users worldwide. Google’s first social networking site–Orkut has failed considerably in getting wider audience in the U.S. and here on Asia. The bulk of Orkut’s users are in Brazil and India.
Here are some screen shots i’d took for the past 60-minutes on Google+:
The HOME Screen, showing the “Stream” which include the notice of “Hangout”. Hangout can be activated from the right sidebar. The “Chat” is on the left sidebar. Take note that all your contacts in Gmail are also present here. If you want to see only the Streams of your Friends, then select it from the left sidebar.
The Hangout opens in another page. You need to install a plug-in for this. This is amazing because you could see all your friends’ cams in one page.
This is what amazed me–the Drag & Drop feature for your images from your computer.
And your individual photo album will look like this after the upload.
Your Google+ notification on your Gmail will have a bunch of notices in one send.
That’s all for now… i’ll be updating this post along my experience with the Google+.