Today Google’s social network, Google Plus, has gotten a new facelift.  Google + upgraded its look, making images and videos larger and navigation customizable.  Now, is it just me or does this new look of the Profile page mirror that of that other social network… what’s it called again?  Oh, yeah, Facebook. 

But the new design isn’t just about how your profile will look.  The changes are aimed at making the user experience more visually appealing while they also attempt to streamline the interface.  On its official blog, Google explained the changes:

A critical piece of this social layer is a design that grows alongside our aspirations. So today we’re introducing a more functional and flexible version of Google+. We think you’ll find it easier to use and nicer to look at, but most importantly, it accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful.

 

Take a look

With the new layout you can:

  • Set your own navigation through the site
  • Share more easily with your contacts
  • Have a dedicated location for Hangouts
  • Read what’s trending on the new Explore page

Some people are already up in arms about the new layout.  You just can’t please everybody.  Although the changes are less than 24 hours old, there has been some early onset backlash and praise.  Not quite the backlash that Facebook has gotten for their forced timeline (which I happen to love.  I guess it’s just me…  I like change.  I like change a lot.  So I’m thrilled with the new look.

Have you tried out the new Google + layout and if so, what do you think?