I have to be honest. I haven’t been the biggest fan Google+. I’ve been Circled over 11k times , but I don’t see much activity from users beyond sharing the same things they share on Twitter and Facebook. Most of the people I’ve circled seem to be more active elsewhere. Though Google+ original design was well received, I found the layout too cluttered with text. Overall, Google+ reminded me of a message board stuck with an old school design while flaunting new school features.
So, I’m more than excited about the new redesign for Google+ because it finally feels like it Google+ knows what it wants to be.
UPDATE: Read about Gmail 2.0 – faster, cleaner, and better on iOS.
If you’ve been waiting for a Gmail iPhone app, today’s your lucky day. Available right now in the App Store, Google has released a Gmail app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! While Apple’s native Mail app is great, it lacks support for some of Gmail’s best features, like the ability to send mail from another email address.
Does the Gmail app have a leg up over the native Mail app? It offers some improvements, but a lot of features are still missing.
Today, Google released a major update to Google Reader, its popular online RSS reader. Google Reader shed its old skin and received the new Google design just like Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar.
In addition to the facelift, Google Reader is now sports a shiny new Google+ button. But this new button comes with a high price for longtime Google Reader users. While the new design may take some getting used to, integration with Google+ is something that many cried for since the launch of Google+. Did Google get it right or should you prepare to find another RSS reader?
Today Google launched a +1 button, which most are hailing as a rival to the Facebook like button and even Twitter’s retweet button, but for search results. Limited to your Google contacts and chat friends, Google hints at connecting +1 with Twitter, but noticeably doesn’t mention Facebook. Is this another move for Google to go social? Will you +1?