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Google Plus Goes LIVE!

If you’ve visited the Google website this morning you’ll have noticed it looks a little different – which isn’t all that unusual actually, but it’s for a different reason this morning.

The long awaited (or at least long in technology circles, it’s only been a few months) release of Google Plus, Google’s latest foray into the ‘social networking’ domain, has at last gone live. Up to now it’s been in invitation only Beta but this morning all us plebs can log into our Google accounts (if you’ve a Gmail account this is the same log in as Google, once you log in for one Google service you log in for all of them).

As you’ll see from the attached screen-shot, Google has a big blue arrow pointing you to the fact that Google Plus (indicated by +You) is now active for everybody.

So is this just another Facebook, Bebo, MySpace clone or is Google Plus something unique and different? Only time will tell really. There is no doubt there are substantial differences from Facebook, which has by now taken on the mantle of industry standard. Google marketed it’s new offering heavily on its ‘Circles’ concept, where you can group your friends and acquaintances into appropriate circles and then give them access only to specific information. This is not Google’s first foray into the social networking arena, it already has two less than successful attempts in ‘Buzz’ and ‘Wave’ behind it, but it is very possible that it has learned from these disappointing offerings and moved the social networking offering into a new realm.

If you want to find out what Google Plus may have to offer you then visit www.plus.google.com, sign up for an account if you don’t already have one, or just enter your Gmail username and password if you have one already, and then go and find out just what all the fuss has been about.

Let the battle between two of the world’s IT heavyweights begin.

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