Google Plus (or Google+) debuted last night to a limited, invite-only audience. It’s available today for the Android crowd, and should be coming to Apple’s App Store soon, Vic Gundotra, a Google senior VP wrote on the Google Blog today.
Here’s the run down on what you can expect when the service finally opens up:
- Circles – The feature lets you group friends into “Circles,” so you can control what you tell each cluster. This is Google’s way to let Google+ users share info selectively, so that every post is not “a public performance.”
- Hangouts – Facebook Chat got you IMing your pals in real time, but Google+ takes this one step further, with live multi-user video conferencing in what looks like a pretty elegant layout. A Google+er sets their status to “Live,” and chatty friends can click “Join This Hangout” to get face to face.
- Huddle – Group instant messaging! When your picnic’s rained out, or it’s time to take the pub crawl to the next venue, this is your tool.
- Sparks – Starts out looking like a Google home page with a search bar, but this feature actually connects you to people with common interests. (Fellow food bloggers, say, or cat photographers.)
With Google+ on your mobile device, photos or videos (of your cat) taken with the app should get saved directly to an album on your Google+ account, ready to be shared (with your kitty-lover friend Circle). Also, you should be able to add locations to your every post, should you want to.
There’s no word yet about when Google will let everyone on board the Google+ boat, but their website says it won’t be long now.