Google+ opens to all

Written by Harry Butler

September 21, 2011 | 11:29

Tags: #social-network

Companies: #google

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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