Google Launches Rival to Facebook: Google+

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.

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