Google Plus Gets a Major Redesign
By on April 11th, 2012

This morning, Google announced in a blog post that its social networking site Google+ has now reached a new mark with 170 million registered members and that they are also rolling out a new design over the next few days. The new Google Plus design looks simple enough and quite user friendly. The redesign of Google+ might have triggered due to the fact that users on Google+ have spent very less time in the past despite the social network having a good user base.

“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,” says Vic Gundotra, in a post on Google+.

According to Google, the new design is more functional and flexible. One of the biggest changes to the website is the completely revamped navigation bar, which Google refers to as “dynamic ribbon.” The navigation bar is placed on the left side of the site, and contains the application buttons, including profile page link and photos. On the right, there is the Google chat box with a list of online users, and a “Start a hangout” button on top of the chat box.

Google Plus Redesign

With the navigation ribbon -

  • You can drag apps up or down to create the order you want
  • You can hover over certain apps to reveal a set of quick actions
  • You can show or hide apps by moving them in and out of “More”

The redesign includes larger photos within a Google Plus user’s content stream, quite similar to the Facebook’s Timeline feature.  It also includes a much larger landscape photo at the top of the user’s profile page, which is called as the “cover photo”, and resembles to the cover photo feature of Facebook.

The following video uploaded by Google shows how you can customize the profile page of your Google Plus account –

There’s also a new section for Hangouts (video chats), which you can use to discover new Hangouts to join. It features popular or public Hangouts that are worth checking out, and also features an automatically updated list consisting of Hangout invitations that you can accept.

The new Google Plus design will be available to all users over the next few days. Overall, the new design looks great and I instantly fell in love with it. However, it looks like a layout copied from Facebook, but that shouldn’t be a problem. It was expected that Google Plus had around 195 million profile including 25 million inactive profiles. However, the actual numbers have now been released, and with 170 million users, Google now expects that its users would stick around to Google Plus for longer time and explore the several new features.

Check out the demonstration videos below and let us know what you think.

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Author: Joel Fernandes Google Profile for Joel Fernandes
Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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