Google+ lets you hang with a small (or large) circle of friends

At first glance, the user interface of Google+ bears a superficial similarity to that of Facebook.

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You can create a new circle by clicking the empty circle to the left of the other circles. All you have to do then is name it and drag contacts into it.

With Google+, you can view individual streams from each of your circles.

Sparks is a simple way to find and share content that interests you and might interest people in your circles.

You can share any content in Sparks with all your followers or with specific circles or individuals by clicking a Share button.

I'm ready for my closeup: Hangouts lets you videoconference with others in your circles.

You can make individual photos or entire photo albums available to specific circles or to everyone in all of your circles.

The Android app has a clean, straightforward interface that makes it easy to view your stream, manage your circles, see photos and so on.

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