After a few months of closed testing and users begging friends for invites, Google+ has opened its doors. Moving from the closed testing to an open beta environment, the influx of new sign-ups should add a lot of new content.
One of the biggest additions is search. Now users can look for others and posts by using the top search bar and also apply filters.
Hangouts also received these updates with the open beta of Google+:
- Public broadcasts: giving traffic-generating users the ability to stream live with up to nine others with public viewing for other users
Sketchpad: communal art
Screensharing: let other users view your screen
Google Docs: allowing multiple users to work within documents
Named Hangouts: create and join other users in certain topics
These features are still works-in-progress so perfect functioning should not be expected. The new additions to the Google+ service and the open beta will allow Google to test this new environment pretty well. Once Hangouts becomes a stable environment, there might be a lot more work being completed purely online with others in real-time.
For any user looking to join Google+, they just have to head to http://google.com/+.