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First look: Google+ lets you hang with a small (or large) circle of friends

Preston Gralla | June 29, 2011
Google's latest try at social networking could give Facebook a run for its money.

Incidentally, even if you're not signed up for Google+, you may have noticed some changes in other Google apps, such as a new "People Widget" on the right side of the Gmail screen that offers information about your correspondents (similar to the Rapportive add-on), and a new black navigation bar on some of the other services, such as Google Calendar. Google is obviously gearing up for a big push.

Because the service is in such a limited release at this point, it's hard to know how useful it will be. If people sign up in droves, it will clearly become a must-have site. (You can get information about availability via the Google+ site.) If they don't, it will likely wither away.

But if you're interested at all in social networking, you should give it a try as soon as you can -- you may well find it a superior way to communicate with your friends, colleagues and acquaintances.


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