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Google+ Review Roundup: Critics Have Mixed Feelings About Google's Newest Social Network

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/29/11 07:53 PM ET   Updated: 08/29/11 06:12 AM ET

Google+, Google's latest foray into social media, has only been out since Tuesday, but there is already no shortage of reviews.

For those of you without one of the coveted invitations to test out what Google hopes will be a formidable challenger to Facebook, here are the basics from The Huffington Post's Catharine Smith:

The Google+ network is designed around users' social circles (called Circles) and lets users selectively share with specific groups within their personal network, rather than sharing with all their social connections at once.

The search giant emphasizes Google+'s privacy customizations and hopes that users will choose to use the new service over more established networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Technology reporters and bloggers from the Guardian, PC Mag, Read Write Web, PCWorld, Wired have mixed feelings about the news social network, ranging from "complicated" to "really, really well done," and everything in between.

Check out the slideshow for some reviews of Google+. And if you're one of the lucky few who've used it, let us know about your experience in the comments.

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The Guardian's Charles Author gave the desktop version of Google+ two of five stars, writing that the "new social network lacks the social aspect of Facebook and the speed, and simplicity, of Twitter."

Most of his criticism centers on problems he had signing up, including issues uploading his photo and entering his résumé information.

While he called Google+'s Circles " promising," he was overwhelmed by the number of contacts: "Quite quickly the Circles dashboard starts looking like the cabin of a 747," he writes. "All those buttons and dials, and one gets the uncomfortable feeling that you're never quite going to be finished with doing it. In which case, might it be simpler not to start at all?"

Author loves the Android app, though, saying "it's smooth and fluid, and everything that the desktop version isn't."
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