Apr 11 AT 9:54 AM Anthony Domanico 38 Comments

Armed with 170 million users, Google+ gets an extreme makeover

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Google has announced that over 170 million people are now using its budding social network. Still just about one-fifth of the size of Facebook, Google+‘s growth has been exponential since it launch last summer. How is Google celebrating their runaway success? Why, with a massive makeover, of course.

Users are waking up this morning to a drastically redesigned Google+, which Google claims makes the social network a simpler, more beautiful one. Gone are the buttons fixated on the top of the screen, replaced by a customizable application ribbon on the left-hand side, which you can drag to rearrange to make the layout truly your own.

The stream features bigger and more robust media content such as photos and videos, and streams are now organized into cards for easier viewing. With the move, Google is hoping to emphasize photo and video content. Now, where have we heard that before?

Hangouts gains a bit of prominence in the update. Users will be presented with a constantly updated list of invitations to hangouts, as well as a rotating billboard of public and popular hangouts you can join on a whim. Google wants Hangouts to really take off, and make it easier for users to connect with others around the world who share similar interests.

Images of the newly-redesigned Google+ follow, and you can find a plethora of videos available on Google’s Blog. We’ve already heard from several of you, with opinions ranging from “OMG, I totes LOVE the new Google+” to “Great, Google+ now looks exactly like Facebook,” but we want to hear from more of you. How do you feel about the newly-redesigned Google+ network? Sound off in the comments.

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Source: Google Blog

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