Google Plus: Google's Social Media Answer?

After a year of speculation, Google is unveiling its entry into social networking with Google PlusGoogle announced Google Plus on Monday, immediately drawing comparisons to social media giant Facebook. For its part Google isn't making many references to social networking, not even using the term.
"We'd like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software," Google stated on its blog . "We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests. And so begins the Google+ project."
Google pitched the new software will bring "real-life circles" of everyday life to the Web. Users do that by dragging their contacts into "circles" with names they provide like "family."
It will also provide "sparks" of conversation through an online sharing engine or newsfeed and "hangouts" through on-screen, multi-person gatherings. The online sharing engine asks users to add their interests so that it can find articles, photos and videos related to that interest and share them with the user and the user's  contacts.
Google Plus will incorporate mobile phones by focusing on things such as GPS, cameras and messaging. Features will include instant upload of photos and the ability to have group chats.
Google Plus is currently in field testing with a limited number of users. Others interested are asked to leave their email address and wait for an invitation.

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