Teenagers can now join Google+

      Today I learned that anyone 13-years old or older can now join Google+!

      Google+ is a social media website launched by Google on June 28, 2011. The site now has over 90 million users. Google+ is believed by some people to be Google’s answer to Facebook, a social media website with over 800 million users. I think that is true, especially with the changes to the Google search engine. When you Google something you will see Google+ accounts related in your search — not Facebook accounts, but Google+ accounts. You will also see some more Google+ accounts related to your search on the right side of a Google search.

      Google has added new safety features for Google+ users 13-17. When users want to add a public post they’ll be warned with this message:

      Google has also added control features to help users 13-17 decide who to block and who to allow as their Google+ friends. Google has also added a safely feature to users in a video call warning them if someone who isn’t their friend joined the video call. They have added other safety features which you can read about here.

      I think Google+ is better than Facebook. There are great features to it, and it’s easy to use and understand. Google+ is a safer social media site than Facebook. I actually think Google+ users will increase to the amount of Facebook users or even exceed Facebook users within a few more years. Here are some of the features available to all Google+ users:

Circles

      Similar to the Facebook friend list, Google+ has circles. Google+ circles are basically like groups of certain people. You can create circles and add certain Google+ people to them. You can, for example, add all your family members to a circle called “family,” and you can add all your friends to a circle called “friends.” When you add a post, you will be given the option of which circle (or circles) of people you want to see your post. Here is an example of what it would look like when you post something:

Chat and Hangouts
      Google+ lets users in each others circles chat with each other if they like. Users can also start a hangout, which is a video call with each other. Users can also share YouTube videos to others in the hangout, and chat with each other on one half of the screen while doing the video call on the other side.

      You can learn more about Google+ and it’s features here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google%2B and here: https://www.google.com/intl/en-US/+/learnmore/index.html You can also join Google yourself at: www.plus.google.com

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