Google announced today on the official Google blog a new rival to Facebook under the name: Google+. The project is under the motto: “Real-life sharing, rethought for the web”. It was announced by Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President, Engineering, and is definitely a major step for Google. There were lots of rumors for some time regarding this project and we are happy to see some movement in that space – especially since traffic for Facebook is decreasing for the first time in the US.
Starting today Google+ is available on Android Market and the mobile web, and it’s coming soon to the App Store.
“We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests.”
The new service focuses on the following features:
- +Circles: share what matters, with the people who matter most
- +Sparks: strike up a conversation, about pretty much anything
- +Hangouts: stop by and say hello, face-to-face-to-face
- +Mobile: share what’s around, right now, without any hassle
- +Location, location, location
- +Instant Upload
- +Huddle, a group messaging experience
- +You: putting you first, all across Google
Watch out, Facebook, here comes the only Internet giant that can rival you.