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Google+ opens to all

Google+ opens to all

In its early days, Google+ was criticised for its predominantly male user base.

Google has taken its much hyped social network, Google+, from private to public beta. The service had previously only been available via an invite from an existing user, but has still managed to quickly amass tens of millions of users.

The service's use of 'circles' enables users to easily group contacts and share content with them accordingly, making the concept more accessible than Facebook's Friends List system.

With Google+ now open to all, we can finally see whether users will make the switch from existing and established social networks. Interestingly, at the beginning of the private beta stage, Google's social networking platform also had a notably male-dominated user base, and even now male users make up over 65 per cent of the Google+ demographic.

Along with the public beta, Google also announced the addition of Google+'s Hangouts video chat to Android 2.3, as well as an integrated search function for content posted by your contacts, to make finding that funny cat video easier.

Hangouts have also received the ability to share documents and a sketchpad, highlighting Google+'s workplace potential, as well as its prospective function as a place to post photos of yourself when drunk.

Have you joined Google+? Do you use Hangouts? Or do you feel that another social network, in addition to Facebook and Twitter, is a needless addition to the market? Either way, let us know in the forums.

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lacuna 21st September 2011, 13:20 Quote
can't be arsed to change, or even look.
adam_bagpuss 21st September 2011, 13:32 Quote
do you have a nokia 3210 by chance iancuna ?

competition and something different is always a good thing it forces change by the leader
yakyb 21st September 2011, 13:34 Quote
still doesn't support google apps users though
SexyHyde 21st September 2011, 13:36 Quote
It's much better than Twitter and Facebook. But its not much use unless the people you want to interact are users. I've almost stopped using Facebook and am just likely to put a link to my Google+ soon and remove most content.
IanW 21st September 2011, 13:45 Quote
As Groucho Marx once said:-

"I'd never join any club that would have me as a member."
Snips 21st September 2011, 14:19 Quote
We saw the demise of MySpace with the advent of Facebook and Twitter but Google+ just doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. With facebook and Twitter starting to combine their posts and with Skype being introduced, I don't feel the need to jump ship just yet. Microsoft also combining data from Facebook,Twitter, email, SMS, MMS and their own Live brand and allowing you to respond using any, I think Google+ will predominantly be home for the Google fanboys.
hexx 21st September 2011, 14:22 Quote
hmm do i want to share my details with a company who's customers are advertisers? nope, thank you
scott_chegg 21st September 2011, 14:31 Quote
It's as empty as the void. You can hear you posts echo as you make them
VipersGratitude 21st September 2011, 14:53 Quote
Oh, No it isn't...

"Google+ is not yet available for Google Apps"
runadumb 21st September 2011, 15:46 Quote
I'm on google+ and was never on facebook. Only reason really is because a mate sent me an invite and all I had to do was sign-in using my google account. So easy.
Not that I ever use it, just uploaded my sonisphere pictures. Which is depressing as I am nearly tempted to join facebook just to get everyone else's pictures from sonisphere. All 89 billion of them :(
XXAOSICXX 21st September 2011, 17:04 Quote
Ditched Facebook and moved to G+ long ago.

G+ is awesome.
paith 21st September 2011, 17:31 Quote
It seems like not many people care about Google+ anymore, which is a shame because it generated quite a lot of hype a few months ago. They should have made it available for everyone much earlier, but by doing that maybe they won't gain as much hype then. If I remember correctly, Facebook was exclusive to uni/college students only, and it grew from there. People who got early Google+ access were randomly selected, and they didn't really share common interests or backgrounds.
Juu 21st September 2011, 18:51 Quote
I'm considering moving to Google+ just because of how awful the new facebook layout is
XXAOSICXX 21st September 2011, 19:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by hexx
hmm do i want to share my details with a company who's customers are advertisers? nope, thank you

So, you didn't create an account with Bit Tech to make that post then? Who do you think pays for this website?
sb1991 21st September 2011, 19:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Juu
I'm considering moving to Google+ just because of how awful the new facebook layout is

Same. If only I could convince all my friends.
Eiffie 21st September 2011, 20:31 Quote
If I had an android phone I might actually switch to Google+, my friend who has a droid explained to me how anytime you take a picture on your phone it auto-uploads to your google+ albums. That's a great feature that I certainly don't have on my blackberry. Instant photo backup.
Zinfandel 21st September 2011, 20:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Eiffie
If I had an android phone I might actually switch to Google+, my friend who has a droid explained to me how anytime you take a picture on your phone it auto-uploads to your google+ albums. That's a great feature that I certainly don't have on my blackberry. Instant photo backup.

That's going to lead to some horiffically embarrassing moments.
XXAOSICXX 21st September 2011, 20:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zinfandel
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Originally Posted by Eiffie
If I had an android phone I might actually switch to Google+, my friend who has a droid explained to me how anytime you take a picture on your phone it auto-uploads to your google+ albums. That's a great feature that I certainly don't have on my blackberry. Instant photo backup.

That's going to lead to some horiffically embarrassing moments.

They upload privately, lol. My HTC Sensation and Google+ is an awesome combination.
Skiddywinks 21st September 2011, 22:17 Quote
If there was a way to import all the pictures that I am tagged in, and all my friends (as well as send them invites), then I would be in. I haven't been on G+ in a while though, so feel free to enlighten me if you can in fact do that.
Crossing 21st September 2011, 22:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by hexx
hmm do i want to share my details with a company who's customers are advertisers? nope, thank you

Facebook has already sold People's information.
Kasius 22nd September 2011, 00:26 Quote
Went from Faceparty > Myspace > Facebook, 3 moves is already 2 too many. We'll see what happens on November 5th with Anonymous :( that might be the clincher for me
SpaceBaby 22nd September 2011, 00:28 Quote
talk about perfect timeing, with the changes they have made to facebook they will probably get a lot of people who dont like those changes to come over.
XXAOSICXX 22nd September 2011, 00:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
If there was a way to import all the pictures that I am tagged in, and all my friends (as well as send them invites), then I would be in. I haven't been on G+ in a while though, so feel free to enlighten me if you can in fact do that.

You're looking at it the wrong way. Facebook should be giving you the opportunity to EXPORT everything you're tagged in, which they don't...you can only export what you added yourself.

Neither Google nor anyone else is going to be able to pull off any miracles that the Facebook API doesn't allow - and Facebook are hardly going to do that since it will only fuel further migration away from their social platform.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't want better...and Google+ *IS* better.
Skiddywinks 22nd September 2011, 03:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX

You're looking at it the wrong way. Facebook should be giving you the opportunity to EXPORT everything you're tagged in, which they don't...you can only export what you added yourself.

Neither Google nor anyone else is going to be able to pull off any miracles that the Facebook API doesn't allow - and Facebook are hardly going to do that since it will only fuel further migration away from their social platform.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't want better...and Google+ *IS* better.

Well, maybe export is too strong a word, but I can download any and all pictures I am tagged in. That's something I guess.

TBH, I don't ever expect G+ to be able to do what I think they need. It was just some wishful thinking. FB would do everything in their power to stop that kind of thing, since there is only one reason you would ever need to do it really, and they can't be making that any easier.

Having said that, just a couple of hours ago my brother posted on his fb asking for people on G+ to add him. I didn't realise he had it, so have now actually added a couple of people I have found that have an account, and have had a good look around and added some personal info etc.

And hell; this is a hell of a lot better than facebook. Now I just need my friends on it! Sigh.
Th3Maverick 22nd September 2011, 06:53 Quote
I just need friends. :(
Jipa 22nd September 2011, 07:13 Quote
A million billion users, endless hype about how it's better, and I still don't give a ****.

One social-malarkey-site is enough and FB got there first. That's all there is for me.
SaNdCrAwLeR 22nd September 2011, 10:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by hexx
hmm do i want to share my details with a company who's customers are advertisers? nope, thank you

do you have a Facebook account?
I'd say their customer roll is far worst...
not to say that they also include advertisers :P
BLC 22nd September 2011, 10:58 Quote
It seems that G+ has taken the best parts of both Facebook and Twitter; a nice simple stream of posts, uncluttered with crap from silly games, but also given a framework for friend lists, photos, link sharing, etc.

I much prefer G+ to bookface and have done since I got an invite several months ago. However hardly anybody uses it; many of my good friends do have G+ accounts, but they hardly use it because many of their friends aren't on it.

All I really need from a "social network" is the ability to send links and see status updates/short posts - Twitter fits that need nicely. I hardly ever use things like messaging or events on FB - I'd much rather send someone a text message than an FB message, and if I'm organising something I invite people the old fashioned way - I call them. I'm not really one for publishing loads of photos all the time, but when I do I prefer to upload to my own webservers/galleries and send out links (despite all the content I have on FB).

If more of my friends list migrates from FB to G+, I'll probably start using it more.
Picarro 22nd September 2011, 11:13 Quote
One of the things I would really love is when attending an event it would automatically update my Google Calendar.
XXAOSICXX 22nd September 2011, 12:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by jessiep
Hmmm il have a look, heard its confusing though, and dunmo if i can be bothered lol

Like anything else it's only confusing if you approach it with the mindset that it needs to be exactly the same as Facebook and work in exactly the same way.

Google+ shares similarities, but it's different....that's WHY it's so much better.

The one that gets people all the time is "how do i post on someone's wall?". Answer: you don't. You just make a post and choose who sees it from your circles and to draw that particular person's attention TO the post you "plus" them (like +Roger Rabbit ).
Fizzban 22nd September 2011, 14:48 Quote
I'm not even going to look at it, that's just how much I care.
warpedsky 22nd September 2011, 17:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
Like bootanything else it's only confusing if you approach it with the mindset that it needs to be exactly the same as Facebook and work in exactly the same way.

Google+ shares similarities, but it's different....that's WHY it's so much better.

The one that gets people all the time is "how do i post on someone's wall?". Answer: you don't. You just make a post and choose who sees it from your circles and to draw that particular person's attention TO the post you "plus" them (like +Roger Rabbit ).

I agree, if you are looking for a copycat of facebook, you are going to be disappointed. But I find Google idea way more innovative.
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hmm do i want to share my details with a company who's customers are advertisers? nope, thank you

Don't they need money to support some of the free things they are giving out there... gmail, google calendar, google map, google docs, just to name a few...
Anfield 22nd September 2011, 17:53 Quote
Google+ was great while it was closed to the public, but now? where you can get friend invites from Mom? no thanks...
slothy89 23rd September 2011, 06:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa
A million billion users, endless hype about how it's better, and I still don't give a ****.

One social-malarkey-site is enough and FB got there first. That's all there is for me.
FB first? Are you for real? Myspace was before FB for one, someone mentioned another site that was before Myspace. And there were many other social networking sites before Facebook too. FB is and much a copycat as G+ is lol..

Anyone else think the open beta is related to the interface change on FB?
Lazarus Dark 25th September 2011, 04:15 Quote
Reading these comments... I thought the Bit-tech readers were more... well, net savvy.
Anyway.
Is G+ going to crush Facebook this year? No. Next? No. But long term, FB has every reason to fear Google, they are serious about G+ and G+ already has a very dedicated base of users. And Google already has an enourmous base of Google users and android owners, and G+ is a natural fit for all users of Google services.

I myself, on the day of G+ launch, told everyone on FB, I was dropping that crap like a bad habit and deleting my FB as soon as G+ went open. Well, nearly all my friends are now on G+, mostly only my family is stuck on FB. Upon this announcement that G+ is finally open, I told everyone I am deleting my FB profile. I'm thinking I may delete it on Nov 5 :D

The only people I know left on FB are uninteresting and quite frankly, FB can have them. I find the quality of people on G+, for now anyway, is much higher. I spend twice the time on G+ that I ever did on FB because the discussions on G+ are all so engaging.

Quite frankly, I don't care if G+ overtakes FB or not. In truth, I would prefer the smart people stay on G+ and the rest stay on FB.
fredrikrob 26th September 2011, 17:10 Quote
I have started using Google+ But didn't got much from it. Friends are using it and adding to there friends. Let's see what happens. But it's getting popularity hope will be famous in coming near future.
Pelihirmu 30th September 2011, 16:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by sb1991
Quote:
Originally Posted by Juu
I'm considering moving to Google+ just because of how awful the new facebook layout is

Same. If only I could convince all my friends.

I did my own layout to FB because I wanted to mach it to my FF theme :D
The last pic:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.115663641835292.15049.100001749702754&l=7b72508e88&type=1
fodder 1st October 2011, 01:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lazarus Dark

Quite frankly, I don't care if G+ overtakes FB or not. In truth, I would prefer the smart people stay on G+ and the rest stay on FB.

Ditto.
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