Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Google and Gmail Users Required to Create a Google+ Account

It’s not a huge surprise, but just recently Google enabled users signing up for an account with Google to be automatically signed up for a Google+ account as well. Whether users are signing up for a Gmail account or simply a generic Google account, they will be given a Google+ account as well, whether they want it or not.

On Friday, January 20 a Google spokesperson stated that Google has been working on this new setup since November. He also discussed how there will now be just two main entry points for Google, Gmail and Google+.

"We're working to develop a consistent sign-up flow across our different products as part of our efforts to create an intuitive, beautifully simple, Google-wide user experience," the Google spokesman said. "Making it quick and easy to create a Google Account and a Google profile enables new users to take advantage of everything Google can offer."

In the past Google has worked to integrate its many services to provide users with the best possible experience. Users have been able to share Picasa pictures or YouTube videos via Google+; however, it seems as though Google is taking it to a whole different level of integration with these new steps.

"Your Google Account is more than just Search," Google said. "Talk, chat, share, schedule, store, organize, collaborate, discover and create. Use Google products from Gmail to Google+ to YouTube, view your search history, all with one username and password, all backed up all the time and easy to find at (you guessed it)"

As of right now, Google Wallet is not one of the services that is integrated into merely signing up for a Google or Gmail account; however, it is currently listed as being available “soon.”

I think that this is a pretty good ploy from Google to boost its Google+ numbers. The Google social networking site is about 800 million users behind Facebook, but numbers are definitely increasing. Google announced that on Thursday, January 19 Google+ currently has 90 million users. This is an increase of 50 million people since November 2011.

"Google+ total U.S. visits reached more than 49 million in December, a 55 percent increase from November 2011," Hitwise, an online competitive intelligence service, mentioned recently.

Sources: Google Operating System Blog - New Google Accounts Require Gmail and Google+ and PCMag - Signing Up for Gmail Now Means Signing Up for Google+

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