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Google+ logo
Slogan Real-life sharing rethought for the web.
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Social network / Identity service
Registration Open to everyone with a Google account
(as of 20 September 2011)
Available language(s) Over 40
Owner Google
Launched 28 June 2011; 4 years ago (2011-06-28)
Current status Online
Google+ homepage.
Google+ homepage

Google+ (pronounced and sometimes written as Google Plus, sometimes abbreviated as G+) is a social networking and identity service,[1][2] operated by Google Inc.

Google+ integrates social services such as Google Profiles and Google Buzz, and introduces new services Circles, Hangouts and Sparks.[3] Google+ is available as a web site, and will be available as a desktop application, and is already available as a mobile application, but only on the Android and iOS operating systems. Google has launched an API platform for developers.[4] Sources such as The New York Times have declared it Google's biggest attempt to rival the social network Facebook,[5] which had over 800 million users in 2011.[6]

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  1. "Excerpt from interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt". 
  2. "Google Plus and Identity Services". 
  3. "Official Google+ Website". Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  4. "Google+ Platform". Google. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  5. (registration required) "Another Try by Google To Take on Facebook". The New York Times. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  6. "Facebook Statistics". BBC News. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 

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