Google+ social network now open to public

“Google Inc. on Tuesday broadened its assault on rival Facebook Inc. by opening its Google+ online social network to the public,” Amir Efrati reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“Google+, which launched in late June and which up till now had only been open by invitation to users, is also putting a heavier emphasis on video, one of its main technology advantages over Facebook. Facebook, which has more than 750 million active monthly users, recently inked a deal with Skype SA to allow its users to communicate with each other through their computer’s built-in video cameras,” Efrati reports. “Google+, which launched in late June and which up till now had only been open by invitation to users, is also putting a heavier emphasis on video, one of its main technology advantages over Facebook. Facebook, which has more than 750 million active monthly users, recently inked a deal with Skype SA to allow its users to communicate with each other through their computer’s built-in video cameras.”

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Efrati reports, “Google also added a key feature to the version of Google+ that works on mobile devices powered by Google’s Android software. Google+ users who own devices with front-facing cameras participate in a “hangout” using those devices, similar to the feature on Apple Inc.’s iPhone that lets people do video chats face-to-face, also known as ‘face time.’ [sic]”

Read more in the full article here.

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16 Comments

  1. YES, the last thing I need in the world is yet another social network. The fact that it is from Google, doesn’t help either. They have way too much info on me already through search and email.

    I will be switching from gmail the day iOS5 comes.

  2. Pfft. One freaking day after I *finally* secured an invite, it goes public to all the other riff-raff like me.

    I should have followed Groucho Marx’s motto “I’d never join a club that would have me as a member.”

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