Google+ has now got a whole new design and features for itself, and if you’re a regular user then you can see that it’s a complete makeover from the previous one. In it’s blog where Google stated that 170 million people have upgraded to Google+, it also described the new Google+ design as more functional and flexible.
I really like the new design as it’s more on par with Facebook (to which we are used to) and also provides simple navigation. It seems Google+ has worked hard on taking cues from Facebook and Twitter, and creating something which gives users the best of both worlds (Facebook and Twitter), and some good things of their own.
Here are some real good things about the new design
Simple, easy to understand layout ( a bit Facebook like) -
Sexy Profile page -
Google+ certainly took some cue from Facebook for this. You can now upload a cover pic and a large size profile pic of yourself.
Newsfeed Options – Click on any circle name to see feeds from that circle. It’s simple and fast.
Larger photos and videos in the Newsfeed -
Trending Topics on home page –This one is a super ingredient as it encourages user interaction with Google+ users across the site.
Whitespace problem -
I didn’t feel there’s too much of it, but there are few users with widescreens who are finding it stupid because there’s too much of it on their screen. Initially I thought Google+ might have left it for the ads, but from one of my circle mates I have learned that Google+ is planning to roll out some more features which will occupy that white space.
On the whole, I think the new design looks great and certainly makes Google+ stand on par with Facebook and Twitter. This poll by mashable shows us that majority of the users are loving the new design.
The only thing missing, I think, is an active userbase. Google+ claims 170 million users but this article on MarketingLand logically questions that.
Google+ is certainly not going to giveup so soon, and honestly speaking I think it makes as a good 2nd option. If there’s any other place other than Facebook where you can connect with friends, other people, share, discuss, etc. then it is none other than Google+.
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