Al­pha­bet re­vamps Google+ on­line so­cial net­work

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

SAN FRANCISCO: US In­ter­net colos­sus Al­pha­bet yes­ter­day re­vamped Google+ on­line so­cial net­work fo­cused on peo­ple’s in­ter­ests, and tuned for smart­phones or tablets.

“We’re start­ing to in­tro­duce a fully re­designed Google+ that puts Com­mu­ni­ties and Col­lec­tions front and cen­ter,” di­rec­tor of streams Ed­die Kessler said in a blog post. “Now fo­cused around in­ter­ests, the new Google+ is much sim­pler.” Google’s so­cial net­work was re­built for fast, con­sis­tent per­for­mance whether ac­cessed through com­puter web browsers or mo­bile de­vices pow­ered by Ap­ple or An­droid soft­ware, ac­cord­ing to Kessler. Google+ users in­ter­ested in the new version will need to opt in at the so­cial net­work. Google’s so­cial net­work launched Com­mu­ni­ties in late 2012 as venues to peo­ple to con­nect on­line based on things or ideas they are pas­sion­ate about.

The op­tion proved pop­u­lar, and an av­er­age of 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple join Com­mu­ni­ties daily, Kessler said.

Google+ Col­lec­tions launched in May of this year as a way to group posts by top­ics, and its use is grow­ing fast, ac­cord­ing to Google par­ent firm Al­pha­bet.

“Th­ese are the places on Google+ where peo­ple around the world are spend­ing their time dis­cov­er­ing and shar­ing things they love,”Kessler said.

Google+ launched in mid-2011 in a chal­lenge to Face­book, which con­tin­ues to dom­i­nated the on­line so­cial net­work world. Am­bi­tions for Google+ were scaled back ear­lier this year when the Cal­i­for­nia-based In­ter­net gi­ant stepped back from us­ing so­cial net­work log-ins as cre­den­tials across a wide ar­ray of its of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing YouTube. — AFP

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