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Understanding Why Google+ Works (For Me)

Last August, Google's Amit Singhal was in Delhi, and in a talk largely focused on search (we did an interview afterwards), he spoke about the issues with the construct of social networking at that time, without specifically referencing Facebook or Twitter, or what Google was planning to do. Little did we know then that the issues that he was pointing out, would be core to what is now Google+, Google's most promising social networking product. I've spent two days on Google+ so far, gone from a network of three Googlers (hardly anyone else on board then) on day one, to 112 at the end of day two in 13 different circles. Much has been written about Google+'s features - try this guide at SlashGear, and there's a MediaNama Spark (topics/interests) for you to add (though I'm not quite sure if one can share sparks). So, here's why Google+ Works for me: - Circles Put Discussions In Context, offer privacy: Some elements of Google+, like the interface of the news feed and perhaps the way photos are shared and tagged (though I can't understand the 8 photo upload limit), are similar to Facebook. But the way Google+ works makes it significantly distinct: for example, unlike Facebook and Twitter, which in a sense force you to share all the information with everyone, Google Plus allows you to status updates with specific group of people (Circles), offering a little more privacy. Not all of our circles are equal, and we often hear of people…

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