Google Launches Latest Social Network: Google+

google-plus-360It seems when you get tired of one social networking site another appears. Google+ is the new answer for those of you who are tired of Facebook, or just enjoy creating new online profiles of yourself. Via Mashable:

Google has finally unveiled Google+, the company’s top secret social layer that turns all of the search engine into one giant social network.

Google+, which begins rolling out a very limited field test on Tuesday, is the culmination of a year-long project led by Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president of social. The project, which has been delayed several times, constitutes Google’s answer to Facebook.

The search giant’s new social project will be omnipresent on its products, thanks to a complete redesign of the navigation bar. The familiar gray strip at the top of every Google page will turn black, and come with several new options for accessing your Google+ profile, viewing notifications and instantly sharing content. The notification system is similar to how Facebook handles notifications, complete with a red number that increases with each additional notice.

[Continues with screenshots at Mashable]

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  • Anonymous

    XKCD has already called this one: http://xkcd.com/918/

    “What is it?”
    “Not Facebook!”
    “What’s it like?”
    “Facebook!”

  • SF2K01

    XKCD has already called this one: http://xkcd.com/918/

    “What is it?”
    “Not Facebook!”
    “What’s it like?”
    “Facebook!”

  • John Smith

    Whatever the hell happened to Diaspora?

  • John Smith

    Whatever the hell happened to Diaspora?

  • John Smith

    Whatever the hell happened to Diaspora?

    • Boatsofcloud

      Still in the works. Wish they would hurry it up.

  • Anonymous

    Great, like we weren’t connected enough already. 

  • Guest

    Great, like we weren’t connected enough already. 

  • Haystack

    Oh, is that what that annoying toolbar is about? I’ve been trying to uninstall it… *g*

  • Haystack

    Oh, is that what that annoying toolbar is about? I’ve been trying to uninstall it… *g*

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    NSA994387 wants to be your friend!

  • Marklar_Prime

    NSA994387 wants to be your friend!

  • Nunzio X

    And now it’s time for me to stop using any Google product, even their search engine.

    Fuck social networks, and now fuck Google.

    • JST

      Oh i’ve tried and tried… i keep finding myself back at youtube like a crack fiend… and i just can’t find a search engine as efficient as google’s… i was even thinking back to all the search engines i used to use in the 90s such as altavista, lycos, webcrawler, to name a few… i’ve checked them all.. i think altavista uses yahoo’s search engine now, lycos uses bing i think, and i’m pretty sure webcrawler doesn’t even exist anymore…  if you are able to quit using Google, let us all know how you were able to break the habit… there is a Google-recovery in us all…

    • quartz99

      Or you could just use it for exactly the same thing you always have and ignore the rest. There’s really not a better search engine at this point and gmail is the most reliable and useful email app out there.

      That’s what I plan to do. Though I use just about every one of google’s services (I even have a site on google apps…) so I may find it easier to just give in and connect them all to a “google+” profile… maybe it’ll stop making me log into them all individually when I try to navigate from one to the other even though it’s the same login info… yeah, I know, now I’m just talking crazy talk. Why improve existing functions when you can just create new ones?

      But hey, google’s tried social networking already and it failed miserably. I’ll withhold judgement until I see this one last more than a few months.

    • Technomancer

      http://scroogle.org for google searches through a set of proxy computers, you can even it use it through SSL at http://ssl.scroogle.org or add it to your search toolbar in firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/scroogle-ssl-search/

  • Nunzio X

    And now it’s time for me to stop using any Google product, even their search engine.

    Fuck social networks, and now fuck Google.

  • Nunzio X

    And now it’s time for me to stop using any Google product, even their search engine.

    Fuck social networks, and now fuck Google.

  • JST

    Oh i’ve tried and tried… i keep finding myself back at youtube like a crack fiend… and i just can’t find a search engine as efficient as google’s… i was even thinking back to all the search engines i used to use in the 90s such as altavista, lycos, webcrawler, to name a few… i’ve checked them all.. i think altavista uses yahoo’s search engine now, lycos uses bing i think, and i’m pretty sure webcrawler doesn’t even exist anymore…  if you are able to quit using Google, let us all know how you were able to break the habit… there is a Google-recovery in us all…

  • Anonymous

    Or you could just use it for exactly the same thing you always have and ignore the rest. There’s really not a better search engine at this point and gmail is the most reliable and useful email app out there.

    That’s what I plan to do. Though I use just about every one of google’s services (I even have a site on google apps…) so I may find it easier to just give in and connect them all to a “google+” profile… maybe it’ll stop making me log into them all individually when I try to navigate from one to the other even though it’s the same login info… yeah, I know, now I’m just talking crazy talk. Why improve existing functions when you can just create new ones?

    But hey, google’s tried social networking already and it failed miserably. I’ll withhold judgement until I see this one last more than a few months.

  • Technomancer

    http://scroogle.org for google searches through a set of proxy computers, you can even it use it through SSL at http://ssl.scroogle.org or add it to your search toolbar in firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/scroogle-ssl-search/

  • Boatsofcloud

    Still in the works. Wish they would hurry it up.