Reviews on Google+ have not been so kind. Since its public launching on June 28th, 2011, it seems that reception remains lukewarm. As a social networking channel, Google+ fails to impress and is considered just an imitation of Facebook. The reviews further continue to express that Google was not thinking "from the box" when it conceived the idea, as Facebook had already hatched the idea five-six years ago.
Although you've got to admit that Google+ has networking features not available in Facebook and Twitter. However, it's so new folks are wondering what it is really all about. Google+ is a social network operated by Google. On the Google webpage you will see the +You tab, which opens your world to this social network. It was launched as "by invitation only" platform (similar to how Gmail and Facebook were launched - through invitations), but eventually went public https://www.webhelpz.com/.
Google+ slogan reads "real-life sharing, rethought for the web." Google creators believe Facebook remains lacking on its sharing features, so it came out with features that enable sharing within subsets called "Circles." It's your clique of 5 people in a small grouping of 25 people. These small categories of people whom you can give are identified as family, friends, co-workers and classmates.
Hangouts take your number of 9 people, from any area of the world, to video chat at the same time. It's a chat room with exclusivity features. Users click "take up a hangout" which takes them in the video chat room. Friends within the Circle can join the hangout.
Photo sharing can be taken an action further by having an image editor that enables photo effects. Photos and other media can be considered, managed and edited through this feature. This tab opens to photos shared and those which you have been tagged in. Privacy choices are included. Also becoming a member of Google+ automatically signs you up for Picasa Web Albums which instantly uploads all of your photos to Picasa.
The Search feature provides you with updates from your own circles, the web and public posts.
It's hard to express now if Google+ will climb up in popularity, attract users and obtain their loyalty. Facebook and Twitter remain as market leaders in social networking, and both were not a little shaken when Google+ came out. Until its success as a social networking platform is measured by credible third parties, businesses are advised to stay glued to social networking channels which have proven to create results to business. However, it wouldn't hurt to start exploring its possibilities either.