Google took advantage of the Google I/O to deploy the all new and improved version of its social network ‘ Google+’. A new highly innovative version that comes as a complete overhaul is related as much to the service interface as it is to the overall functionality.
We must admit, Google very often surprises us with its updates, when you least expect it. If most of the ads last night had not been leaked over the last few weeks, nobody would have anticipated the arrival of the new version of Google+. Although we were fully expecting the giant to unveil some thing new about itself, but not like that, and especially not at this point. More than a trivial update, this is actually a complete overhaul that we would experience with this new version.
Google+: The New Interface
It all starts with this incredible new interface that has absolutely nothing more to do with the old version any more. Its not only visually pleasing, but is also really easy to use. So in short you can define the new charter to Google+ overall structure around four major areas:
The header: At the top of the page, there is a long horizontal bar on the top of which appears various things such as the logo of the required service, the search field, the company/individual’s name, the number of unread notifications and finally the button to publish new content.
The menu navigation system service appears to the left, at the sidebar as it has always been. However, Google has taken special care to review the appearance and content of the sidebar, as it is so wide that all the menus and all the topics can easily be accompanied by several different coloured symbols.
Content: In the centre of the page, you will find the contents of the selected item. Content which is very important from the marketing point of view benefits from a new look and several very interesting other improvements. In the Meanwhile, it can also indicate the presence of a grey horizontal bar, that overlooks this area and gives you the direct access to the breadcrumb – and the just mentioned above menu items as well as your business circles. The grey bar is also present on the screen no matter what, even if you suddenly decide to visit some particular page.
The Hangouts: The new instant messaging tool that unifies all services, is set to the right of the screen’s sidebar. Again, Google has opted for a simple system to display or hide Hangouts by clicking the dedicated button that is positioned in the grey horizontal bar just above the content section. In addition to that if you want more information about a special contact, you just have to position the mouse cursor over the required portrait and that’s it. You can even start a new thread and business conversation with that contact, if you want.
Google also gives pride to the “responsive design” and the new Google+ interface will adapt to it depending on the size of your screen and resolution. But you need to be careful as the content of the pages cannot be extended beyond the three columns on a 24 inch screen.
Google+ is a service that we all love to use for personal and business reasons, and the new interface is definitely more charming and flexible to use for everyone. Google has had the audacity to change things and the result it has received as a response to the changes done, is quite incredible.