The New Google Plus
Google Plus is getting a facelift to the tune of 41 new enhancements in three areas. The stream, which in other contexts might also be known as the "news feed," is getting a new layout with a three-column design users can configure, and it can also auto-configure the number of columns based on the size of the screen. The system also dynamically adds hashtags that link to related topics, but this capability can be switched off, if the user prefers. The second area involves the new "hangouts," which facilitate long-running conversations among friends and family members. Thirdly, a number of new photographic capabilities let users retouch and organize images, and there's even a new feature that can help users select the best images.