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Google launches Facebook rival 'Google+'

Posted on January 01, 2014

We all know Google has already tried a few things to get into the Social Media game, but today, in what is their biggest crack yet, they have launched a fully fledged Facebook competitor in 'Google+' (pronounced 'Google Plus')

Google+, is not available to selected Beta testers, so most of us will have to wait a while before giving it a full spin. According to reports, the new Google+ system is structured in much the same what as Facebook, with profile pictures and news feeds forming the central core of the service. User's friends are not grouped into very specific groups of people of their choosing, which does away with the massive pool of friends that Facebook shares your every move with. Learning form past Facebook issues, Google is betting on a better approach to privacy, which will win them a few fans right away.

"In the online world there's this 'share box' and you type into it and you have no idea who is going to get that, or where it's going to land, or how it's going to embarrass you six months from now," said Google vice president of product management Bradley Horowitz.

Google+ started rolling out to a limited number of users yesterday in what the company is calling a field trial. Only those invited to join will initially be able to use the service. Google did not say when it would be more widely available-hopefully it will not take too long! For the tech geeks, you will also like their cool, non-conventional URL to access it:

To find out more about how Google+ works, check out this cool demo here and sign up for the service here

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James Richardson started his online career by running online Sports Fan sites (luckily none are still online today), with the pinnacle of the site being a write up in the Sunday Herald Sun 'Wired' column.

His professional career began at a ASX listed company, Melbourne IT, where he held various senior roles across the Sales and Marketing teams, before deciding to venture out on his own.

Running several successful online websites and businesses himself, he is well placed at understanding your business needs.

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