Do not get me wrong, I love Google+ and Facebook is the thinking man. But it is hard to deny the numbers behind these “Google+ is dead” stories we see every few months. Remember in January when it was reported that only 0.2-0.3 percent of all Google+ profiles had an actual job in the three previous weeks? Nevertheless, it seems Google is still not finished with its network embryonic permanent social tinkering with the latest changes making it even faster and easier for the dedicated few who use it.
- Google will now let you stream apps directly from Google Search
- Google Maps adds offline navigation and search
Google plus redesigned communities & collections
It’s pretty simple really. Besides some minor visual changes, the new Google+ is centered around the two most popular network elements: communities and collections. Communities are just what you think they are and collections let you group messages, you guessed it, a collection of similar positions.
Those changes may not appear to exactly like rocket science, but stripping Photos earlier this year and before which show that Google Hangouts is clearly not satisfied with the condition of Google+. Read Google’s official statement on the changes, it is clear that these most recent changes are designed to appeal existing G + users, not attracting new.
Google+ Is Fast, Super Light And more Responsive
Previous Google+ page was a complete nightmare to load. I am bound by a slow stupid 512Kbps connection, and if you have already tried to check Google+ on a slower connection than a few Mbps, you would have a different perspective on life. Meanwhile the power to the house to load in previous years, I wondered about the meaning of life, annoying my chance to be born in a country with such slow ADSL speeds, I thanked my lucky stars to have access to an internet connection to start, I wanted to crush my computers and routers, I laughed and teared and played some basketball and eating falafel and distributed some prescriptions to my patients I did an introspective reflection, watched half an episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine, more … I have time for all this because Google+ page was a heavy charge unnecessary code mess that took forever to open. I realize that it was partly the fault of my connection, but other sites loaded slowly but well. Google+ hardly ever done and I knew that Google could certainly do something, anything to remove the bloat.
And now? It is like night and day. I used the trick highlighted in our article to force the new page and splashing, feeding of the house was there. I am stunned. Google+ is fast. These two words were an oxymoron for so many years. But now that the problem has disappeared, when will I find the time to eat my falafel, Google?
You can preview the new Google+ on the web today by signing and clicking on the “Come” when you see the prompt. Google notes that since not all the new features have already done in the updated version, so that you can revert to the old version at any time. Updates to the Android and iOS versions will come out in the coming days.
Edit: If you do not feel like waiting for the “Come” button pop up on the web version, follow these simple instructions:
- Go to Settings drop-down menu on the left side of the web version
- Scroll down to the section called “Managing other applications and activity”
- Select “Manage Google+ activity”
- Click on the top search field on the page, wait for the bar to turn gray, click on the Google logo + to go home
- It will not switch you to the new arrangement permanently, but it will navigate through the site as long as you stay on the same tab. Thank you for the tip, Peter!
So what are your thoughts? Excited to try the new Google+ redesign?