Google is unveiling a social network designed to grab some of that market from power players such as Facebook.
Google Plus is very similar to Facebook, but groups users’ friends or contacts into specific areas, such as family members, friends and coworkers. Facebook is generally structured with a common pool of users. Google is prepared for what will likely be a hard battle against Facebook, which is armed with about 700-million users. But one analyst projects Google Plus will get a boost from its web search popularity and email. Google is also banking on what it calls a better approach to internet privacy as it makes another entry into the world of social networking. The new service will be rolled out in a field trial to a limited number of users. There is no word on when Google Plus will be widely available.