Google has announced a newly revamped version of its Google+ social network, which aims to make it easier to post, search and connect with others.

The new version of Google+ is available first on the web, and new iOS and Android apps will be released in the coming days. Google's Luke Wroblewsk states the company has been talking with Google+ users for the past several months to find out how they use it and how they can make the network better:

To do so, we've drastically simplified nearly every aspect of the product. You'll see this clearly in our new navigation centered around Collections and Communities. Collections let you immerse yourself in content about topics like surfing or tiny tilt-shift photography scenes. Communities enable groups of people with the same interests to join up and geek out on anything from Game of Thrones to Painting. With Collections and Communities, discovering amazing things is simple: just follow or join whatever happens to pique your interests.

But we didn't stop with Collections and Communities; the new Google+ also makes it easier to post, search, connect, and keep up with great content in a fully redesigned home stream. And we've worked hard to make our new web experience load fast and work beautifully on devices of all sizes.

The new version of Google+ can be accessed on the web by signing in and clicking "Let's go" when a prompt to switch shows up. People who decide they prefer the old design can go back to it by clicking the prompt in the bottom left-hand corner.

Source: Luke Wroblewsk (Google+)