Google+ was meant to be a competitor for Facebook a few years ago, but since then despite the fact that many people though the service ceased to exist, it is alive and kicking, though Google did not give a lot of attention to it. Facebook’s success managed to push all other social media platforms into obscurity.
Now, the company hopes to breathe some life into the forsaken service by announcing a series of three updates which will be rolling out in the coming weeks. The news comes from a blog post written by Google+ Product Manager Danielle Buckley.
The first of the three new updates will enable users to make the most out of their comment space by offering them the capacity to hide low-quality comments and highlight those that matter the most to the user. However, users will still be able to see all comments if they choose to.
Another update consists in bringing the Google+ mobile app to the current standard of smartphones which come nowadays with ever-larger screens. Therefore, the company is trying to make better use of this feature by adding a lot more content to fill up the white space of Google+ pages. Furthermore, users will be able to zoom in on photos displayed on the mobile app. This a great feature for users, especially for high-resolution content.
One of the most important features included in the new updates is the return of Events. The feature will be available on January 24th and will allow users to create and join various scheduled events on the Google+ web platform. This a welcome addition since the platform has mostly become a community hub rather than an expansive social network. The feature has the same functionality as the one on Facebook.
Besides getting a slew of new features of functions which the company hopes to reinvigorate the service, Google+ will also receive a redesign of its interface. The platform has had the Classic theme for most of its existence, with a more modern design having been more recently implemented. Until now, users were able to switch between the two themes, but Google has announced that it will retire the classic look in the near future.
What do you think about the new updates for the platform?
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