If you have logged on to your Google+ account recently, you probably noticed a couple of changes. Google has redesigned its networking site to feature a more streamlined look with maximised screen space for a user’s feed in an effort to battle with Facebook and Twitter.
Google has ditched the sidebar and positioned all navigational tools at the top of the screen, in addition to launching several enhancements.
The site now has multi-column view choices reminiscent of Pinterest. Users can view a single column, two columns or three columns, depending on their screen size. Google has also added the ability to switch back to the old design.
Another noticeable new feature is called “Related hashtags”, which allows users to flip through related photos with a simple click on the current photo to find related hashtags. Users can also enjoy “Intelligent hashtags”. This feature analyses the photo and automatically places a hashtag on your post. The hashtag can be removed manually and users can also opt out of the feature altogether.
Photo editing has been made easier as Google+ now offers the new “Highlight” tool, which picks out a user’s best shots to display in photo streams while leaving out the blurry ones. The “Auto Enhance” tool can be used to remove red eye, improve skin tone, correct white balance and more. The “Awesome” tool strings photos together in an animated sequence.
Google also backs up all pictures taken from a user’s mobile device as soon as the photos are taken and is also providing accounts with up to 15 gigabytes of storage to accommodate full-resolution photos.