The service has a Facebook-like news feed, a group video chat feature, and a contact management system that gives users granular control over the visibility of the content they publish.
Google+ will be available as a Desktop application as well as an application for Android and iOS devices. It’s Google’s biggest attempt to rival the social network Facebook, which had over half a billion users in 2010. C/Net has a review (below).
But how well does it work on smartphones? Ars Technica kicks the tires.
At stake is Google’s status as the most popular entry point to the Web. But Google+ may already be too late, says the NY Times. Facebook has more than 500 million active users. In May, 180 million people visited Google sites, including YouTube, compared with 157.2 million on Facebook, according to comScore. But Facebook users looked at 103 billion pages and spent an average of 375 minutes on the site, while Google users viewed 46.3 billion pages and spent 231 minutes.
When people post on Facebook, which is mostly off-limits to search engines, Google loses valuable information that could benefit its Web search, advertising and other products.