The other day, a friend and I were discussing the next big update for Google+. While I had no idea when it would happen, all I could say was that it would be so huge that Facebook could be in serious trouble.
Well, the new Google+ is here, and I believe I was right. ;-)
What do you think?
The stream now has a Pinterest-like, multi-column layout that adjusts to screen sizes and orientation and gives more prominence to photos and videos.
Each item in the feed has specific areas that can be flipped to reveal related information without leaving the page. For example, click on the activity on a specific post or the “shared publicly / privately” link to see the feature in action.
Google is also adding “related hashtags” to the stream. Located at the top right of each post, they allow users to browse and discover related content shared by other Plussers.
The Hangouts functionality now works as a stand-alone app and across all devices (Android, iOS and desktop). Some key features include photos and emoji, conversation history, and one-time notifications to reduce the noise.
“Once you see a notification on one device, we’ll clear it from your other Android devices and computers. You can also snooze notifications when you don’t want to be interrupted,” says Senior Vice President, Vic Gundotra on the Google+ Blog,
The Hangouts On Air page has also been redesigned to help users find interesting live conversations more easily.
The new Google+ is also all about photos:
Have you tried the new Google+? Did I miss anything? Come and share with us in the comment section!