Video: Google+ project explained

Just what does Circles, Hangouts and Sparks mean?

Google has this week revealed that it is to try and crack the fickle social network market once more, with the launch of its Google+ project.

Part Facebook competitor, part instant messenger, part social hangout, the service is still shrouded in some mystery, given that it is currently in the midst of a 'limited field test'.

You can check out TechRadar's first look video of Google+ right here:

The good news is, that Google has created a number of videos to try and explain just what Google+ and its +you button actually does.

As these are Google-made videos, however, don't expect to understand fully what Google+ is about, as some of the logic has been replaced with whimsy. The videos do give a fair idea of just what to expect if you decide to bring Google+ into your already packed online social life.

Google will be hoping that Google+ captures people's attention more so than its ill-fated Buzz service, which unsuccesfully merged social networking with IM.

Google+ Circles

Google+ Hangout

Google+ Sparks

Google+ Huddle


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