Apologies for not writing lately but I have been busy with my app.
I’ll try to wrap up this post pretty quickly as I am pretty sure by now, a lot of people have access to Google+ since they opened their doors to the public last week.
After we looked at circles last time, we will be looking at hangouts, sparks, huddle and instant uploads.
I have to say this is a pretty cool feature which allows to see and chat with you friends. It’s totally visual. Similar to Facebook video call. Google+ seems to be much better than Facebook in doing this as it shows “Dharmesh Suraj Bali is hanging out with 2 friends”. Join this hangout. Pretty cool huh.
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Sparks is a good way to pull information from the web based on your areas of interest. My sparks seems to have disappeared though. I quite liked this feature. It’s like a news aggregator of your favourite topics. I would give Google+ 3-0 on with the sparks feature.
Messenger (ex-Huddle) and Instant upload
The Instant upload, as the name suggests, is a mobile feature which allows you to instanly upload pictures to a private album on Google+. Huddle is group chat just like you have on Facebook. So plus points there other than I have to say the instant upload is pretty good since taking pictures from the mobile is becoming a common feature nowadays.
A couple of notes
Seems to me that Google+ has removed sparks from its interface as I cannot access it or maybe it might be a bug affecting a few people since I have seen similar issues on forums. Huddle has been replaced by chat and messenger.
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