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What is Google+, and who actually uses it?

Social behavior is a strangely integral part of the Internet as we know and use it today, and in many ways it has been from the very beginning. Message boards, IRC channels, image hosting sites, and email have always existed as important social components to the Internet. And in much the same way smartphones have pulled together many different single-purpose technologies into a single thought, social networks have come to exist as massive communication hubs that act for many people as the homepage of the Internet.

Google's efforts in social networking are many, and while none of them has seen the kind of global acceptance that its search, video, and email services have enjoyed, Google's most recent efforts in this space have advanced the state of the market in some unique ways. Google+ is, first and foremost, a platform focused on bringing all of Google together for users to enjoy. Whether that also means it's a social network for everyone is for you to decide for yourself.

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As is often the case with Google products, this latest effort into the social space started with an invite system. This meant the influx of tech nerds was very high at the beginning, and that group of users did a great job planting flags and claiming the network for themselves. When Google opened the doors for everyone, it did so by baking the platform into almost all of its products. It turns out not everyone with an Android phone, Gmail account, or a YouTube channel wanted an invitation to Google+ snuck under their digital pillow, and the usual angry shouting that follows something only served to direct more attention to the network. It also meant that there were a lot of accounts created in the early days that barely go used, which will become important later.

Google's strengths for this social network are many, but the two huge things that make this network special can be found in photo and video. Google+ is designed to allow anyone to upload high-resolution photos without interfering with the quality of the image, something that can't be said of the competition. Shortly after launch, the company began implementing high-quality photo editing features as well, making it so amateur photographers and would-be lifebloggers with smartphones alike could take a decent photo and turn it into something great.

In video, Google+ has Hangouts. It's a video chat service that allows up to 10 users to chat at the same time for free, and in many cases even broadcast and record that chat through a YouTube channel. As a free service, Google Hangouts and Hangouts on Air remain unparalleled and continue to improve today.

Google+ Photos

Arguably the best part of Google+ is the app. It looks and works great on iOS and Android alike, and the app was built from the ground up to function such that users never need to use the website if they prefer to do things mobile. It's a powerful mobile experience that includes the same photo editing and most of the same video chat tools. If most of your friends and family are Google+ users, the location sharing functional in the app is a fantastic way to check out how far away someone is from meeting up with you somewhere, and if you're using Google+ as a business or group the ability to switch back and forth between accounts that have been assigned to you is noticeably better than some of the other social networks.

So who uses Google+? Everyone. Rather, everyone can. Not everyone does, and sometimes that is the cause of the occasional article you come across claiming this network is a ghost town or only for techy people. The tech nerds may have colonized this particular network, but if you go looking you'll see that many of the users on this service aren't any different from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. You have photography nuts, cooking enthusiasts, political arguments, video game chatter, parental advice (both wanted and unwanted), spiritual conversations, and just about anything else you can think of. You get the experience you create with Google+, which is a big part of what makes it a little different from the other networks. Where Facebook for most folks starts out as a list of people you know in person and Twitter starts out with topics that are relevant to your interests, Google+ starts out with people you know on the Internet. Folks you've emailed with, or people in your contacts and messenger lists. You start from there and go looking for people to have a conversation with, which means your social stream quickly becomes a river of things relevant to your interests.

Google+

There's a lot more to be said about this social network, and truth be told we've only just begun. We're going to spend the next couple of weeks breaking down what makes this network special and showing you how to get the most out of it. As you'll quickly see, this social network is both eerily similar and wildly different from the other tools out there to act as your social home page for the Internet.

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

120 Comments
  • I think unlike other social networks, Google+ offers to be whatever you want it to be for yourself.
    Its main problem is that the user never really knows if followers follow. And even if they did follow, there is an assumption that the slow or lack of response means they didn't.. So user then chooses other mediums. You do that two times and at the third time,you rather not waste your time.
  • Google+ is what we make of it.
    If you don't get anything from it, it's because you need Apple to tell you (what to post, how to post, when to post, what to be interested in, and most importantly, WHO YOU ARE!). IF YOU'RE A G+ HATER, STAY AWAY! This has been a priority announcement to non-Google sheep. (The InstaSheep, iSheep, WinSheep, VineSheep, and TwitSheep/not to be confused with the TWIT-NETWORK.) Rooted LG G2.
    Rooted GS3, Stock Galaxy Note 4
    If it ain't Tech, it ain't Right!
  • Spoken by a true goo-sheep. I have never had a friend, family member, or even a business associate want to connect with me via g+. And it's a true mystery why such an esteemed site would stump for it. I don't use YouTube comments nor play games not to mention other services specifically because they require a g- account. And while I really enjoy my note 4, for the first time I may actually consider the walled I-garden for my next device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why are Android users always talking about Apple? ALWAYS. Y'all are insecure as hell. Or at least this guy is.
  • Why does AMD talk about NVIDIA and vice versa? The same reason Apple talks about Android and vice versa. They're both the big boys on the block which compete against one another... Posted from my HTC One M8 via Android Central App
  • We need more people like Ohleo....
    They are so easy. "Hey go pick up my shoes."
    Why?
    "Because I'm Apple and I told you too." Galaxy Note 4 Galaxy S III
    LG G2
    If it ain't Tech, it ain't Right.
  • Congratulations...with that last one you managed to go super-troll-ic
  • My apologies I reported your comment on accident, It won't let me undo it either, but also on a stock note 4 my days of rooting have been laid to rest.
  • Not sure you meant to reply to my comment. FYI I've never owned or anticipate owning anything made by Apple.
  • I've been using Google + since it launched. The number one reason I use it is because of something it isn't - Facebook.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • +2 Posted via Android Central App
  • Google Plus is my "go-to" social network. For my needs, there is no rival. Can't wait to read the forthcoming posts about it!!!!
  • +2 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use it mainly for news and articles. Having communities send you feeds is awesome!!
  • Same here.  Follow groups for things I'm interested in, and then get a beautiful spread on the main screen of articles to read.  The app is one of the most well-done I seen, too, and really puts Facebook for Android to utter shame.
  • I use Twitter to do the same thing. More sites support Twitter than Google+. More of the people I know are on Facebook than Google+.
  • I hate Twitter and I hate the way they treated the 3rd party developers that made Twitter successful.  To each their own, certainly, but I don't use Twitter.
  • Twitter is ridiculous. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google+ is the way to go. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use it the same way. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The only reason I still use FACEBOOK is because so many people still do. Other than that...it's crap.
  • Exactly Posted via the Android Central App
  • exactly. I hate the app with a passion (at least my battery does) but I can't afford to remove it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Why not just use a web browser and interact through m.facebook.com?
  • Bloatware on my Phone! Pointless App! Whatsapp is better for messaging and Facebook is just easier. No need for a half baked App with no purpose of wasting data and collecting your information. In my Country it is really bloat and Google need to stop forcing it on me!
  • To users, such as myself, a lot of the Google apps are bloat. Google+, books, newstand, currents, movies and several others... I don't use any of them and they can be downloaded from the Play Store so having them pre-installed is basically the definition of bloat.
  • If you don't like/use Google+ then go into your app manager and turn off and disable. Problem solved. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have Google+ disabled on my G3. I don't know anyone that uses it so it's useless.
  • As far as I can tell, G+ has the highest engagement of any social network. I've met, and continue to meet, people from all over the world with shared interests. You're right that most of my friends and family aren't on G+ - but then they largely don't share my interests either. Whether it's books, electronic projects, Linux, or niche science fiction movies, there are communities of interest. On Facebook I was conforming to fit. On G+ I'm learning about those things that interest me.
  • Same here Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly. None of my family or friends use G+, but that's not why I use G+. I use it to meet new people that share my interests, and it's been great at that. Communities are wonderfully implemented, and reminiscent of forums but more concentrated and improved. It's like joining a club in college. You don't join for the people you know, you join because you have an interest and you want to interact with others that also hold that interest. Posted via Android Central App
  • YES! For me, its relevant information for my interests, and interaction with intelligent people with those same interests. Not some buffoon's pictures of their sushi plate or their drunk friends.
  • I Have always avoided social media like the plague, until Ara wrote a couple of articles about Google+, so I decided to give it a try. Now, I use it every day. I post about the things in the news I think important. I have a 'thought for the day", photos from sites I find of particular interest and the playlist of music that I listened to the night before. I don't have a lot of followers, but I don't care. I have between 300 and 1500 page views a day, but I don't care. It's my page. Although 99.99% of my post are public, I only allow comments from my circles. Why? Because I don't really care what anyone else thinks. It's my page. I would like to see more user options for formatting. I wish they would go back to auto-uploading of Screenshots that went away with Lollipop, because that's what I use to post my playlists. I wish discovery was a little easier, but I have few complaints.
  • you can pick which folders get auto-uploaded by G+ photos, and always happy to bring someone to Google+ that appreciates it.
  • The pleasure is mine, so thank you. Where does the folder selection take place, because I've not seen that!
  • You can edit it any time by going to the Photos app and clicking on device at the bottom of the slide-out menu. There should be a cloud icon next to each folder showing if that one is backed up or not.
  • Thank you, I have it now. Don't let the folks that "Don't Get It", get to you.
  • I love G+ communities way more useful than the Book.
  • Google+ is supposed to be a social networking app, but nobody
    I know uses it... so I call it the "anti-social networking" app. :) I have 372 friends on Facebook. 0 on Google+ (well.. except myself)
  • I hate the way Facebook has ruined the word "friends". No one has 372 friends. Who the hell would want 372 friends? 3 friends. That's enough. The others are people I know that I may run into from time to time. Facebook should read:
    Friends: 5
    Near Total Strangers That May Break In My House If I Posted I Was Going On Vacation: 367
  • How true! Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1000
  • Nailed it Posted via Android Central App
  • Facebook has also ruined the word "like". In the '80's I thought the Valley girls messed it up (only older ppl will get this) but the word recovered to have FB slaughter it.
    I like G+ for the same reasons takpro does, it's my page and I can post my stuff for my friends and read stuff they post for me. There are different options for different ppl. Some will fit some others you will not like. If you don't like it, don't use it. Simple.
  • PERFECT! CAN NOT BE MORE TRUE! HA! Posted via the Android Central App
  • +2 Posted via Android Central App
  • Google+ does have a image issues but for a Buisness its a Free message app to message staff
    the problem is Google has never been a in your face messanger service like facebook and whats app
    but i ditched facebook years ago and google+ plus hangouts works my kids use this now and they thought it was new
    there is no addverts in your face no stupid games after your money it just does what it says
  • We pretty much use it for one thing and one thing only -- Locations. Within our family, we all share our locations. It used to be in Maps (and I would GREATLY prefer that it was still available there). But Google moved it to G+ and forced us to use it a tiny bit. Otherwise, I think I would try to uninstall it... so probably a good move by Google.
  • "It used to be in Maps (and I would GREATLY prefer that it was still available there). But Google moved it to G+ and forced us to use it a tiny bit. Otherwise, I think I would try to uninstall it... so probably a good move by Google." They force you to do something that you don't like, and you call that a good move? In my book, that is difficult to understand.
    I just moved to another location solution, but didn't yield to their coercion. Also, deleted my Plus account abd created a fake Plus account for rating Google Play apps.
    The Google products that are really successful got there because they were good. Not because people got forced into using it, or by monthly blog article promoting it.
  • Google+ is a great network. I've heard it said, and I agree, that Google+ is somewhere between LinkedIn and Twitter. It is not Facebook. It's true that it's hard to use Google+ as a network with friends and family, but with people of similar interests or growing your professional network, or even as a blogging tool. One thing that's amazing to me is how welcoming long-form writing is on Google+, and part of that is because of the markdown tools which allow for Bold and Italics and so on. Facebook posts that are long-winded typically won't get read, and Twitter purposefully limits you to 140. For my branding purposes as a writer, I use Twitter and Google+. Facebook is just for staying in contact with friends and family. I also look forward to the rest of the posts about it. Don't forget to include all the ways that your Google+ profile is pointed to from other services like reviews on Places and Android Apps. When you start thinking about that, you realize that your putting your face and profile (no matter how limited or open it is) out on various products. That alone makes sense to me to keep your Google+ profile up to date, just like you would your LinkedIn, even if you don't login every day.
  • I use G+ because I'm more likely to find people that share the same interests as I do, and I can also have intelligent conversations regarding subjects from technology to photography as well as many other subjects. Facebook has been overran buy the youngsters and grand parents (no offense intended). I also love G+'s UI compared to the other social networks, just my 2 cents
  • Never use it. Posted on my OnePlus One
  • I don't know why people compare Google Plus to Facebook.! Yes granted they both both social media platform but that's like comparing a Jaguar to Ford pickup truck. Both are cars you drive has door with an engine you can have passengers. But both give two totally different driving experience. I been using both platforms for a very long time I prefer G+ for my personal interests. Facebook I use to keep in contact with everyone I already know and just want a quick update on my aunt Jonne dog that just had puppies. But when I click on my G+ icon I just know it's going to have something that's going to grab my attention. Some news about the community I'm following, Updated on tech news I was researching. For those of us that use G+ knows that it's more than a social network. And for those of you that call "Ghost town" good maybe just maybe G+ can keep the integrity of being my go to site for my interest rather then read about my cousin's brake up we told her to months ago because he was a lower. Google+ hats off to you.
  • I love G+ love the ui, and sorta happy it's not super mainstream ( for a lack of a better phrase)...the conversation on there and the people that you interact with are 10x better then facebook. But your mileage may vary, that's just my experience Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't use Facebook anymore other than to keep in touch with long distance Family. I use G+ to follow interests and Communities. Twitter is for news and local stuff. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google+ is the equivalent of that "Ugly" chick at the prom with a nice dress. People who use it are the guys that are like "Aw. No one is dancing with you. I came here with my cousin anyway, so let's dance." Then someone else asks her to dance and she's the most popular person at the prom and the first guy doesn't want to talk to her again. Let me give another example: Facebook is that popular kid you used to hate (Not because he/she bullied you. But you just hated everything about that person. Maybe disliked. Because they were the ones that everyone went to. Like Facebook.) and Google+ is that one friend you thought you had but really weren't friends. (I'm using the term "friend" because people on here usually have some crazy delusion that Google is a friend and not a company that makes money from the end user somehow or someway.) You guys just had a locker next to each other. But you considered that person a friend because in your hectic morning as an adolescent you forgot your book so you asked the person with the locker(which now the term locker would be the cloud service of Google +) next to you to borrow their book and they let you. Next thing you know you guys are storing each other's stuff and sharing locker combinations (locker combinations = permission you grant Google+ to hold your stuff.) just in case you forget something or lose something. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Worst analogy ever!!!
  • I know this is off topic but what smartphone is that?? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have no ACTIVE acquaintances on G+, everyone is active anywhere but there. I have asked a few folks why, and the most common answer is Google's own behavior. They have a tendency to randomly abandon projects and apps that end up in their "boring" pile, and folks are tired of being left hanging like that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What's going on with you guys at AC you posted this like 3 months ago. Now again?! There's plenty going on in the mobile tech market for such a sofisticated android site like this to repeatedly post the same medial shit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Way too intrusive. Total lack of privacy. I'll never use this. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google+ has great privacy settings. You have to get on a computer and go into your dashboard settings and lock your account down. The hardest part is just doing it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lack of privacy? It has some of the best and fine grained privacy tools I've seen in a social network. It's super easy to never post anything public, and circles have made it really easy for me to control who sees my posts. The banning and muting tools are also powerful and easy to use. What are you worried about? Are you being paranoid just because it's Google? Posted via Android Central App
  • I have a Social Network fatigue. Unless you're in high school how the hell can you possibly keep up with FB, G+, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, not to mention standard Gmail, Text, and Phone? It's exhausting.
  • Agree. I use Facebook for friends and family. Google+ for tech related stuff. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use and love G+. It has such a superior UI and security model than Facebook. It's unfortunate more people don't use it and everyone is just on Facebook, but that's just inertia/sheep. All it takes is enough people to "discover" G+, as well as enough screw-ups on Facebook's part, and we'll have a better popular social network. MySpace was king once upon a time as well.
  • Google+ is pure awesomeness. You get out of Google+ what you put in. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I used to use Google+ until the last visual update it got last year. Google made the app look ugly and not so user-friendly. After the update I hardly want to use it.
  • I never used to use it, since no one I know in real life uses it. Then I discovered some ham radio groups on Google+ and now I'm on it almost every day. As a Facebook competitor it fails for me, but as a network for bringing people with common interests together it works quite well. It doesn't hurt that the app is beautiful and a joy to use.
  • Interesting how many people judge the 'worth' of a social network by how many people they know who use it. I guess this is a key dividing line: if you're more concerned with what your real-life friends are doing and don't mind a constant stream of irrelevant dross through which you have to filter in order to find anything good, you use Facebook, whereas if you're more interested in having an unpolluted, personalised stream of topics of interest relevant to you and would rather not be bombarded by pictures of your friends' children/dinner/holiday destinations, you probably prefer Google+.
  • +1,000,000 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well said. Posted via Android Central App
  • You say Google+ is whatever the user wants it to be for them. I want it to be non existent in my life but it can't be that unfortunately. Why? Because I use Gmail, Google Search and YouTube. That's all I want to use from Google. I don't think it's possible but if it is can someone point me in the direction of totally eradicating my G+ account and info that gets uploaded without my input (one of the first things I do when I set up my android phone is disable auto sync because before I know it I have pics uploaded)? I constantly get nagged about adding friends to my circles and I recently found out that if I sent a pic thru hangouts it would get stored on my G+ profile. Really Google? If I want to upload pics I'll upload them on my terms. Ugh, can't stand it so I switched messaging apps. G+. I hate it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Okay. When I first started out on Android I had this same issue. Basically you need to be aware of what boxes are being checked when you set up your Google account. Also it's very important that you get on a computer and go into your Google settings/dashboard and make the proper adjustments. Google+ will not auto upload anything that you don't allow. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks bud. Yup, I uncheck most of those boxes. Trouble is that it starts syncing when I set up the account and by the time I get to the accounts tab in settings to uncheck some of the boxes they've begun to sync. I wish I could check off what I want to sync when I setup the account at startup of the device. By going into the settings of my account on a computer (which I don't really use anymore since my Note is my computer for the most part) I can set up preferences for future installs to not sync everything on startup? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well that's the thing. I know it's a pain but you have to check your settings from time to time because sometimes when things update the settings have to be adjusted. I do recommend when you get a chance that you get on a computer and dive into your settings. One of the things I had to shut off was the ability for any Google+ user to send me an email. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Me too! Gawd I hate that forced Google app. How about Google let me decide my digital life? Oh, right, they couldn't make money that way... Posted via the Android Central App
  • So much this. Like. Posted from the redheaded stepchild of the Nexii
  • I love G+ but it serves a few specific purposes for me. It is not my substitute for facebook or anything else. I use it for news. I follow people, organizations, and am part of communities and I get to see everything I want to see right there. My facebook feed is similar in that for every 1 post from a friend, I have 5 from other news outlets. What makes it different are the communities. I use G+ for ideas, help, and feedback on tons of issues. This isn't true across the board by any means but for me I can have more intelligent Q&A on G+ than facebook. So I love going on there and posting a question in some community and have never been disappointed with the interaction and intelligent HELPFUL responses I receive. So ya, it serves it's purpose. It's just not an end all be all.
  • I have to ask. Why do people freak out when they purchase an Android device and discover Google apps pre-installed? News Flash- Google makes Android. I wonder if these same types of people freak out when they purchase an iPhone and discover apps like iTunes are pre-installed on it? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't know if freak out is the correct term. Those of us who don't like all the pre installed Google Apps don't like them because we know they are not necessary for the use of the device. I personally don't use hardly any of those apps because I like some third-party options from the Google Play Store better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've been using it since I first got my Droid 3 and have'nt stopped, its the ONLY APP YOU CAN SEND MULTI PHOTOS TO A FRIEND OR VIDEOS WITHOUT HEARING "FILE TO BIG" So this plus Hangout, u can't go wrong, no need for anything else!!!!!
  • I use Facebook for games connection and free stuff from friends in games, I use google+ more than Facebook now, solely to find out about what I want to find out about and not be spammed by irrelevant dribble that has become Facebook. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I mainly look for political posts, then argue with fifteen people at once. Hey, it's better than discussing soap operas (for me, anyway)! Occurs mostly during my online chess matches. We play without punching a clock. Sometimes the waiting can be monotonous. It helps keep my mental gears oiled, whilst simultaneously maintaining a combative attitude! All of this is done in a civilized manner. Okay, semi-civilized. Usually. But I do get occasionally agitated with my game opponents! C'mon, thirty minutes? Remembering Spock
  • This is the most interesting use of G+ I've seen yet XD Posted via Android Central App
  • I use Facebook for personal social media and Google+ for professional (I am an engineer) social media. I find Google+ superior for non personal social media. Posted via Android Central App
  • i don't understand why people do not use google+. to start off, the interface is absolutely beautiful, in comparison to facebook, which hasnt changed much for the past 5 years. also, the hangouts option! i mean its just so much better! everything in one place, so that you can work effectively, while staying in touch with your friends at the same time, not jumping from website to website. that's why i was so strongly considering buying a chromebook. everything is just in one place and i love it! i think people should switch to google+, i just hate how everybody is still on facebook.
  • Stop! Your making waaaaaaay to much sense! Posted via the Android Central App
  • For what it's worth, if Facebook were to change its user interface millions of people would erupt in outrage. Seriously, how many "Bring back the old Facebook" groups have been created after past updates?
  • So sorry but Google+ absolutely sucks in my opinion. Zero organization.. Strange people adding me w/o my permission. Hit up a link your interested in and a day later try and find it. I'm a 100% heterosexual male and yet get greeted by homosexual bullshit every time I log on .As bad as Facebook is at least I can ignore the freaks.
  • G+ for interests
    FB for people Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly! And there's no reason why the two can't co-exist peacefully... except for the tech media's constant desire for winners and losers.
  • My friends don't use it, so I don't. Simple. I'm trapped in Facebook's bluey white prison.
  • What is Google+? I'll sum it up in one word: BLOATWARE. Who uses Google+? Two words: NO ONE.
  • G+ is the social network I use when I want to talk with close friends. Facebook is out of control for me as there are just too many people with too many disparate views than I share with my core group of friends. In fact the whole "circles" part of G+ is genius and Facebook would be smart to implement something similar as that is the sole reason we avoid Facebook in my core group. Facebook got used in early internet times for my old high school buddies for reunions etc. and I have no desire to mix my current life views with a bunch of unintelligent far right wing wing nuts that I left behind in school just to use what may dubiously be superior technology in Facebook. Come to think of it. I actually think G+ is superior tech.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Early internet times"? How old are you, thirteen? ;)
  • Google Plus might be disliked by some but not by all. Personally while I don't use it alot I find it useful for many things and is highly superior to bloated mess that is Facebook. Anything is better than Facebook. I like how it interwebs with hangouts, for photos etc. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got an invite rather early, and I was excited for the possibilities of Google+. Then Google baked everything and the kitchen sink into it. Hangouts is slowly spinning out on it's own, and I want it that way. I don't want or need YouTube tied to Google+. And I don't use Photos for the same reasons I don't use Play Music, data charges, and no desire to use Google's cloud.
    I also find no value in the social media side, since it's the same crap I can find on Facebook, but from people I don't know or care about. But I've discovered that I can't just delete my Google+ account. No, with everything tied to it, the only option is to delete my entire Google profile. That is some high handed, Apple-like bullshit. I'm patiently awaiting the day when Google+ is what it should have always been, a stand alone social media platform, so I can give it the not so fond farewell it deserves. Posted from the redheaded stepchild of the Nexii
  • I love my Google ➕ account. At First I honestly didnt like it tho, but because I didnt understand it. I have
  • G+ is nowadays USENET. It is awesome.
  • I can't stand Google + . When they introduced it and forced you to have a profile which documented all your various activities on different services and then broadcast these activities directly to my contacts in boxes I was so angry! I ditched Google services completely for a long time and mostly use Microsoft's offerings now. I have a couple of Google accounts so I can use android and YouTube independently of each other and of the rest of my digital life.
  • I tried for years to use, and get my family to use Google plus. It just never happen. They refuse. So as much as I like g+ it makes no sense in having it on. So I turned it off. Along with hangouts. Again nobody I know uses it.. even my own kids will not use it and we all have had android phones for about 5 years. Also the log on features of most 99% of apps use Facebook as a log in method. Maybe 50 50 for Google+ so I finally just started logging in with facebook. It's like I just gave up. I need everything to just be in one spot. It's exhausting. So now I only use instagram to share photos. I always make sure to tag myself in facebook. I do not have Facebook app installed on my phone either. About once a week I will go to my chrome browser and look around in facebook. But instagram is my go to picture/social media. Then I back my phone up about once a month to an app called I drive. I store my files,pics,video, there in both the cloud (unlimited storage) and my house hard drive. I clear out my note 4 memory card and start all over..so basically important videos/pics get uploaded to Facebook thru instagram. Then everything eles gets backed up to the cloud and locally once a month using 1 app. I drive. Posted via the Android Central App
  • outside of making it easy to log onto this comment thread, i don't get google+. i have played with it a few times. just now as a matter of fact. great UI across the board. but for example, i am a member of the google+ plex community. i just checked in. not much going on. i prefer the plex community on reddit. i can lurk and read insightful discussions or if i need help i can seek advice from an active community. i just dont a level of engagememt on google+ that makes it worth opening the app.
  • If I could upload all my pics and videos to google+ and then share what I wanted with one click to facebook,and Google + at the same time. It would be my go to app. But until then. I will leave it off. . Posted via the Android Central App
  • G+ it's the shit. I use it every day, several times a day Posted via...The One
  • Despite already having a gmail account it's ridiculous that I have to sign up for Google+ in order to leave feedback for an app through the Play Store
  • "Google+ is designed to allow anyone to upload high-resolution photos without interfering with the quality of the image, something that can't be said of the competition." Actually, it CAN be said about the competition. Amazon Cloud Photos allows full size photo storage, and unlike Google, the full res pics count ZERO towards your storage space (for prime members). Google only offers unlimited storage on downsized pics.
  • I had never even looked at Google+ until the last article AC published on it a few weeks ago. I browsed around on it a little bit, didn't find anything special about it or interested me about it so I've never went back. But then again I'm kind of anti-social to begin with. I have a Facebook account that I might check once a year if that.
  • Nobody I know uses it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've noticed that a lot of modders and rooters roam Google+ as a way of distributing their modified apps.
  • The closest thing to a "social network" I care to use is Android Central! Otherwise I'm happy hanging out with a few close friends or talking (on the phone) or occasionally texting a few close family and friends. Point being; not everyone is that "social" to want or need any of this online B.S. :)
  • I actually find the Facebook app more intuitive to use than the Google+ one, which just leaves me wondering what I'm supposed to do with it. Don't get me wrong, the Facebook app took some working out for a while, but at least it had buttons to give me clues. Friends filled in the gaps for me. Maybe if I knew anyone who actually uses Google+ I'd be more inclined to try to work it out. I tried searching for local interest groups, but came up a complete blank apart from a huge list of people I don't know (don't know why they came up when I was searching the name of my town). On Facebook a similar search found more groups than I knew what to do with. Basically using the app feels the same as the first time I was dumped into the new Metro screen in Windows 8, with no clues where to go from here. I don't know, maybe it was designed according to the same rules - let the user work it out.
  • Facebook is where you go to be with those you know; G+ is where you got to be with those you wish you did know. That's the best explanation I've heard and it is remarkably accurate.
  • I don't even know what Google+ is. I know I will get a lot of good or bad comments. I have a gmail acct. and use Facebook also. My problem with Google is I lost my first Internet acct. I had for years, over night and they (Google) could not help me retrieve it. This is When I did a update That Google sent me to do. So I lost all communication/ emails from family and friends. I also had this email address on my business cards. So I don't trust anything with Googles na