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+ default settings

    New Google+ users will quickly find themselves bombarded with notification emails, or SMS if they add a mobile number, such as when another user adds them to a Circle or comments on one of their posts. The deluge comes because the settings check every notification option apart from geolocation by default.

    Image: Google/Natasha Lomas/

  • Google+ privacy

    On the privacy front, Facebook is frequently criticised for having overly complex privacy settings and for making its users' data open by default. Google+'s privacy settings generally adopt a more cautious stance and the settings page is more straightforward.

    Settings that can be edited include the visibility of your profile to search, an option to see how your profile looks to other users, the ability to edit which users are shown as being in your Circles and the ability to edit who can tag you in photos.

    Google has also lined up its first privacy-related updates for Google+, including an update that will ensure content intended for a limited group of people cannot be reshared publically.

    Image: Google/Natasha Lomas/

  • Google+ Feedback

    Here's a reminder that Google+ is still in beta: the Feedback feature allows users to send Google a bug report when something malfunctions by highlighting the problem and then censoring any bits of data they don't want to send to Google. It's a nice privacy-aware touch - even if Google's servers are already storing all that data anyway.

    Image: Google/Natasha Lomas/

Topics: Apps, Software Development

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