Google+ facts for kids
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Google+ is a social networking website run by Google. Google+ was opened to people with an invitation on June 28, 2011 for testing. The next day, people with accounts were allowed to invite friends to the service. This was stopped within a day after there was "insane demand" for accounts.
Google+ is made to work with different Google social services, such as Google Profiles and Google Buzz. It also has features including Circles, Hangouts, Sparks and Huddles. It has been said that this is Google's biggest attempt to rival the social network Facebook.
On 14 July 2011, Google said that Google+ had 10 million users two weeks after it was opened to people with invitations. After three weeks, Google+ had 20 million users. The Google+ iPhone app was the most popular free application in the Apple App Store less than a day after it was added to the store.
- "Circles" lets users to organize contacts into groups for sharing.
- "Messaging" lets people communicate with their circles using Android, iPhone, and SMS devices.
- "Hangouts" are places used to have a group video chat within a circle.
- "Instant Upload" lets people with Android mobile devices upload and store photos or video in a private album for sharing later.
- "Sparks" uses Google Search to let users find topics they might like to share with others.
- "Streams" lets users see updates from those in their circles. This is similar to Facebook's news feed.
- "Ripples" is a visualization tool that allows users to play back public shares and conversations.
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