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A social networking site from Google, introduced in 2011, initially by invitation only from other Google+ users. Although Google+ has not achieved the market share of Facebook as a social network, Hangouts is relatively popular. Following are some of the major features.

Hangouts supports messaging and audio and video calls across desktop and mobile devices. For example, it lets up to 10 users video call each other with callers visible in small windows, while the person talking displays in a large window. Hangouts on Air, which lets people broadcast live videos on their Google+ home page and YouTube channel, has been scheduled to end in September 2017 (users can employ YouTube Live for live broadcasting).

Friends and families are stored in Circles, which display as circular icons on screen. In order to better engineer privacy and who sees what, all posts, photos and invitations are shared by dragging them into the appropriate Circle, which remembers the last selection. Friends, Acquaintances, Family and Following (whom you follow) are the defaults, but any Circle can be created.

In 2015, the photo service in Google+ was spun out as a separate service (see Google Photos). See Google+ Ripples, Google+ Sparks and Google.
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To find out more about Pathology Diagnostics news and events via its social media, follow @PathoDiagnostic on Twitter, 'Like' Pathology Diagnostics on Facebook or add PathologyDiagnostics to your Google+ circles.
Google earlier this month announced to merge Google+ and Gmail contact lists, allowing a Gmail user to send an unsolicited email message to another user without knowing the second person's Gmail address, by adding the intended recipient to his Google+ circles.
It enables you to control which of your Google+ Circles you share an item with.
Maintaining another social media page may sound like arduous work, but there is anecdotal evidence that having a Google+ Business page positively impacts a Google+ Local ranking and it is clearly important to start forming connections via Google+ circles to increase credibility and authority on Google.
Once you complete this, Google+ will prompt you to share your business page with your various Google+ circles.
Another example is how you can share driving directions with your Google+ circles without leaving Google Maps.
According to BioWare the game blends accessible and engaging tactical combat, progression and exploration in the Dragon Age universe and can be used for cooperative and competitive gameplay across players' Google+ Circles and Hangouts.
Johnson discovered an ingenious way of expanding his friend circle - he advertised on Facebook, asking people to add him to their Google+ Circles.
Many people using Google+ are looking for ways to import existing Outlook contacts into Google+ Circles.
Meanwhile, Google has stressed on the need to personalise comment sections for each viewer with posts from the creator of the content on the top, followed by popular personalities' discussions below it and users in the Google+ Circles.
The updated Google Maps app is likely to allow users to customise local search results to venues recommended by top reviews or friends in their Google+ circles.
For example, Ford can have a general public Google+ Circle and Google+ Circles for each model of its vehicles.