It includes basic social networking services like a profile photo, about section, background photo, cover photo, previous work and school history, interests, places lived and an area to post status updates.It also includes several identity service sections, such as a contributor and other profiles area that let one link their "properties across the web". Organization of circles is done through a drag-and-drop interface.Three Google executives have overseen the service, which has undergone substantial changes leading to a redesign in November 2015.Google is the company's fourth foray into social networking, following Google Buzz (launched 2010, retired in 2011), Google Friend Connect (launched 2008, retired by March 1, 2012), and Orkut (launched in 2004, as of 2013). Features included the ability to post photos and status updates to the stream or interest based communities, group different types of relationships (rather than simply "friends") into Circles, a multi-person instant messaging, text and video chat called Hangouts, events, location tagging, and the ability to edit and upload photos to private cloud-based albums.In February 2014, The New York Times likened Google to a ghost town, citing Google stats of 540 million "monthly active users", but noting that almost half don't visit the site.The company replied that the significance of Google was less as a Facebook competitor than as a means of gathering and connecting user information from Google's various services.
The French has not been won by a dark horse since Gaston Gaudio in that “thrilling” extended 5 setter versus Coria in 2005.
We think, at 6500, they are both excellent guys to take flyers on.
As an aside, we think Aussie Bernard Tomic is one interesting guy left unlined, and that Marcos Baghdatis got one undeservingly. At 800, we love our lefty, Kvitova as well, and wouldn’t sneeze at VA at 400.
Google Hangouts, Google's communications platform, was announced two years earlier, also at Google I/O.
Google subsequently refocused Google on shared interests, removing features not supporting "an interest-based social experience".