Photos: Inside Google+ - how to use Circles, Hangouts, Sparks and more

Photos: Inside Google+ - how to use Circles, Hangouts, Sparks and more

Summary: Take a tour of the Google+ private beta - Mark Zuckerberg already has...


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  • Google+ Hangouts

    The standout feature of Google+ has to be Hangouts, a group videoconferencing feature that's a cross between Chatroulette and Apple's FaceTime.

    Hangouts allows Google+ users to start a video chat room and tell friends or particular Circles they are in the mood for some face time. Up to 10 people can join the video chat with the main camera view switching depending on who's speaking. Users can also chat via text using an IM window alongside the video feed, similar to Skype.

    Image: Google/Natasha Lomas/

  • Google+ IM Chat

    Another comms feature built in to Google+ is Google Chat, an instant messaging system that will be familiar to Gmail users as Google recycles another bit of existing functionality.

    Facebook has a built-in IM system too of course. Sign in to chat and then hit up any online contacts or Circles who have enabled the feature.

    Image: Google/Natasha Lomas/

  • Google+ share link

    Sharing content is the lifeblood of any social network.

    Here's the view a Google+ user gets, with options to share links, photos, videos and location. Google+ differs from Facebook with its Circles layer, meaning you must specify who exactly you are sharing a post with. The system defaults to the last combination of people or Circles you shared with to save time, or you can add different people or Circles.

    Image: Google/Natasha Lomas/

Topics: Apps, Software Development

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