The very separate properties of Google will all soon be connected. As Google VP of Product Bradley Horowitz states in his Wired interview, “Google+ is Google itself”. While previous Google products may have once stood on their own, Horowitz notes that this will not remain the case as Google+ continues to grow.
Previously, Google tied YouTube into Google+ via Hangouts during the G+ beta phase. We predicted that this would only be the first in Google’s step tying in each of its properties into Google+. Now with the social networking war continuing to heat up, Horowitz has confirmed that Google’s separate products will begin to merge more aggressively into the young platform’s services.
Google+ will soon be everywhere.
Soon, Google+ consumers will be able to use Google products like Chrome, Android, Maps and so on in conjunction with the platform in a way that personalizes the user experience and contributes to Google’s overall understanding on who we are.
“Until now, every single Google property acted like a separate company. Due to the way we grew, through various acquisitions and the fierce independence of each division within Google, each product sort of veered off in its own direction.
… But Google+ is Google itself. We’re extending it across all that we do—search, ads, Chrome, Android, Maps, YouTube—so that each of those services contributes to our understanding of who you are.”
With Google+ now extending its arms into all that is Google, search targeting is bound to change our overall experience with the social network. Perhaps the conversations we have on Google+ will affect our general browsing experience on YouTube, for example (with recommended videos popping up based on our +1’s on the service). Or maybe we’ll see a Google+ version of popular browser add-on StumbleUpon, though as a standard feature on Google Chrome that aggregates links based on our conversations via G+?
The possibilities for iteration and new tools or features seem endless, though we can only wait to see what will come.
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