Google Plus, the search giant’s social network that seemed all set to face a quiet death, is getting a reboot from the company.
Google Plus will now get revamped with focus shifting to communities. According to a blogpost by the Google + team, people using Google+ liked two features the most: Communities and Collections.
Google says that Communities on the social network now average 1.2 million new joins per day. Collections is a new feature launched 5 months back, where users can start a public collection of photos or videos around a hobby like say antique watches or coins and then others can follow their collection.
According to Google, the Watch Project Collection has seen more than 40,000 people are following an antique watch hobbyist.
The new redesigned Google+ will put Communities and Collections in front and centre. Google says that they have rebuilt the site across web, mobile, Android and iOS for a faster experience. Users will need to opt-in to this new version of Google+ on the web to see the changes.
Google + was supposed to be the company’s answer to Facebook, and was briefly integrated into Google News as well with Google+ posts from publishers reflecting in the results.
Google had even added a Plus symbol page inside Gmail. On YouTube, all comments posted had to be via a Google Plus profile, a rule that was revoked in July this year. The disappearance of the + symbol from Google’s products had raised speculations that this was indeed the end for the social network.
Now it looks like Google is renewing its faith in Google Plus and is re-imagining it as a grand community-focussed forum.