Recently we brought you news of the new social networking service offered by Google, Google+, the company’s answer to social networking. It was launched in an attempt to become more socially integrated with its users on the net and obviously has to try and take on the might of the leading social networking website, Facebook which now has over 700 million users.
Anyone can open a Google+ account, although it is not completely open to the public just yet. One of the most interesting members so far is founder and Chief Executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Not only that but according to The Economic Times he is actually the most followed account holder on the Google+ website with over 35,000 followers. This is ironic considering the site represents competition to his. Even Larry Page, one of Google’s founders and Chief Executive, has only managed to gain 24,000 followers.
While some people may misinterpret this Zuckerberg’s signing up as support for Google+, it is thought that he simply signed up to check out what the competition consists of, which you can hardly blame him for. Despite this, the Facebook CEO insists he is unfazed by the new social network site, and looking at the new heights that his social network is reaching, why should he be?
Yesterday we brought you news that Facebook had sealed a deal with Skype that would bring online video calling to the Facebook Chat feature. The service will begin making its way around the globe over the next few weeks. Once available the video chat can be activated by clicking a button in the top left of the chat box.
Google+ will also be bringing a few new features of its own that Facebook does not have however. Earlier today we touched on some of the key features that Zuckerberg should be wary of. These key features include +Circles which allows users to categorize their friends/followers on their account so it’s easier to determine which circle sees certain information. Other features mentioned were +Sparks and +Hangouts.
These features listed above are just some that are being offered as an alternative to Facebook. Check out the article over at IBTimes for more on the new social network, where you will also find tips and tricks to consider when using Google+. Will you be joining Google+?
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