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Google+ Goes Live for Everyone, New Features Added

Search engine giant Google has finally opened the doors of its Google+ social networking platform for the general public.

Earlier the platform, which was launched in June, was open to only those who received an invitation to join. During this beta testing period, the platform soared in popularity, grabbing more than 25 million users in a just a few weeks.

Now, Google+, which got rave reviews over its sharing and privacy features, is available for the public to open accounts on the platform without requiring an invitation.

Apart from making the platform public, Google has also introduced some new features including a functionality which allows users to search for various topics like photography and showing a list of users and posts relevant to the topic of interest.

The search engine giant has also added the ability to broadcast a ‘hangout’ video to the public, just like when YouTube allows its video partners to broadcast live videos on the platform. The company has also updated its Google+ Android app to let people join ‘hangout’ video conversations using the front facing cameras of their devices.

Google, it seems, has now launched a full frontal assault on Twitter and Facebook, but it will be a wait and watch game to see how far it can go in social networking race?

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.