Google Plus – the plus with the special something

Google+ (spoken: Google Plus) is Google Inc.’s new social network At the moment (middle of September) the network is still in its testing phase and can since its launch on June 28th 2011 only be accessed by invitation.

By means of this social network, Google now competes with Facebook and tries for the second time to establish a social network.

Google Plus - New Social Network by GoogleThe network Orkut (http://www.orkut.com/), which was developed by Google’s employer Orkut Büyükkökten in his spare time, was launched in January2004  and is being maintained by Google since then. However, it is mostly known and widespread in Brazil and India.
Currently Google+ is growing rapidly – according to the market research company Comscore Inc., approximately one million users subscribe daily. Thus, Facebook’s domination position in the area of social networks could theoretically end within the next two years.

Google emphasizes, as usual, the connection of existing services. A Google account and an invitation are sufficient and Google+ can be added to the existing services.

Google Plus’s layout is highly reminiscent of Facebook’s layout.  This is probably due to the fact that by doing this, a changeover and respectively getting started shall be made as easy as possible for the users.
Google Plus’s layout is highly reminiscent of Facebook’s layout.  This is probably due to the fact that by doing this, a changeover and respectively getting started shall be made as easy as possible for the users.

Google Plus’s functionality