Google announced that it is rolling out a significant redesign for its social networking platform Google+, which will allow users to create a more customized experience on the site. In addition, the update introduces a new Explore page that posts what’s interesting and trending across the site.
Google also noted that the social network now boasts more than 170 million users since it’s 2011 launch. Google+ will now offer profile pages that will include bigger photos, a la Facebook’s Timeline, and feature a chat list that puts friends front and center on your page.
Another major update involves how users can navigate around the news stream. Instead of static icons at the top, there’s a ribbon of apps on the left. The ribbon allows users to drag apps up or down to create the order, hover over certain apps to reveal a set of quick actions and show or hide apps by moving them out of the section.