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Google+ Surpasses 170 Million Users

Sites include . Published on April 28th, 2012. Written by Anthony West.

Google+ is proving to be no slouch and the social network tipped to be a Facebook killer is now more than 170 million users strong. To mark the new milestone Google seems to have done a complete revamp of the platform.

Users might very well think that they are on a different platform because the whole way Google+ looks and behaves is different. The first things users will notice is that the icons are no longer running along the top of the display window; Google has updated this setup with a ribbon-style set of applications along the left side of the screen. Those of you thinking this is Microsoft Office in design would be spot on—the ribbon layout and feel is gaining traction among many developers and it’s no surprise that Google has caught the bug.

Google has also update the way the conversations happen and has introduced new features that allow videos and photos etc. to ‘pop out’ when they are posted on Google+. There is also a new conversations feature called ‘conversation cards’ and these act as gateways for people to initiate and join existing conversations. A bit like a dynamic group-chat ability.

The Google Hangouts page has also been updated and now makes it easier for people to connect in a one-to-one manner. All told the raft of changes is expected to help make Google+ more user-friendly. The platform now has 170 million users so it will be interesting to see how things develop in the coming months.

Watch the video below to learn more about the updates:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=Zxbs5uqEjc0

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