Google announced this morning a new look for Google+, its social network. New features of Google+ include a revamped navigation, with drag-and-drop elements and actions that appear when you hover over each item, making it easier to discover conversations to join, new profile pages, a dedicated page for Google+ Hangouts (Google+’s multi-person video chat offering).
The new interface drops the static icons at the top and moves all the navigation off to the side, allowing users to reorder the icons as they wish.
Today’s Google+ update extends beyond navigation, the stream and hangouts. For instance: there’s a new Explore page that shows what’s interesting and trending across the network. And a new profile with much bigger photos. And a new chat list that puts your friends front and center.
Google says that “170 million people have upgraded to Google+” but that it’s “still early days” for the social network. Facebook, launched in February 2004, has more than 845 million active users. Twitter, launched in July 2006 has over 140 million active users.