Google+ now lets you start conversations directly from its search results

Google+ now lets you start conversations directly from its search results

When you’re searching for something on Google+, you can comment on an existing post or share an item that you’ve found. To date, those are the only ways to interact with a certain phrase or issue that you’re interested in.

Today, the Google+ team has announced a new feature that lets you start a conversation directly from search results. For example, if you search on #StopSOPA, you are shown a box to start a new conversation about the topic and the search result is tagged in your post.

So. Much. Tech.

Some of the biggest names in tech are coming to TNW Conference in Amsterdam this May.

Here’s what the team had to say about this new handy tool:

Today we’re introducing a new feature that lets you share directly from Google+ search results, and contribute to a topical Google+ stream. For example, if you search for basketball and then want to make a post about how your favorite team or player is doing, you can share right from the search results.

Just look for the sharebox after searching on Google+, and you’ll see an opportunity to “join the discussion” about whatever you’ve searched for.

When you post from the search results page, it automatically includes a link back to the original search stream. This way others can join the active conversation as it unfolds.

The idea of turning actions like search into a conversation takes the pressure off of users to come up with unique content to become a part of a discussion. This is a great move to bring all of Google+’s data together to make the social network feel more social, and to increase the stickiness of posts and trends. The top argument against using Google+ has been that many people feel like they’re alone if they don’t have a lot of friends on the service.

It’s only a matter of time before this feature is introduced into Google’s main search engine. Currently, you can only +1 a search result and you’re not prompted to comment on it or discuss it. Opening up that feature on Search Plus Your World would create an infinite stream of conversation and a lot of new clicks for those whose listings get ranked high on the search engine.

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