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By The Viking Press

Google’s latest attempt at taking on social media giant Facebook was announced on the company’s official blog at the end of June.

The blog promises Google+ will offer a new approach to “real-life sharing” and will “bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software.”

The post is dated June 28, but the service, like most Google offerings (including GMail), is starting out as an invitation-only service, meaning you have to know someone who already has a Google+ account or be among the select few to receive a direct invitation from Google if you want to experiment with what some are calling a potential “Facebook killer.”

Though the interface feels somewhat familiar to Facebook, Google+ differs in several readily apparent ways. The first thing a new user will notice is the “Circles” area, which allows you to filter your contacts into readily available categories like friends, family and acquaintances.

Another feature, “Sparks,” allows users to share common interests in a newsfeed that the blog promises will “deliver a feed of highly contagious content from across the Internet. On any topic you want, in over 40 languages.”

The future of the service remains to be seen; however, Google has some catching up to do if it wants to compete with Facebook, which has more than 750 million registered users, or even Twitter, the micro-blogging platform with more than 300 million active users.

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