Google+ gets a makeover

The social network Google+ gets new soft grey design and adds a useful navigation bar. These updates let users navigate much easier through the page.

One of the changes is the new Navigation Bar on the left and replaces the old static toolbar on the top. This completely redesigned bar includes the standard icons for Home, Photos, Profile and more. However, there are some new changes like this new bar is customizable. Users can put their favourite icon on top or hide icons under a new ‘more’ button which the users don’t want to see.

“One of the first things you’ll notice is a new way to get around the stream. Instead of static icons at the top, there’s a dynamic ribbon of applications on the left” said Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra.

Vic Gundotra said also in a blog post: “We think you’ll find it easier to use and nicer to look at, but most importantly, it accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful Google.”

Image-viewing become important for Google+ as now the images are presented in a large view. Now users can put a large picture at the top and it seems like a bit familiar with Facebook’s Timeline… The ‘News Feed’ of the new Google+ version has been redesigned as well. Now the large photos are including conversations cards which will separate each post more clearly in a box.

Hangouts have always been popular on Google+. Now it’s featuring a refreshed look and users can see invitations from people in their network. So it would allow users to have quickly access to any public or live hangout.

Are these updates functional for social networking? Just let us know your opinion.




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