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Google+ Launches Mutual Circle Chat

If you are on Google+, you might have noticed a brand new feature “Chat with those in your mutual Circles” on the bottom left corner of your Google+ profile. A useful addition indeed to say as this will break an interaction barrier between you and those with whom you are acquainted with through Google+’s Circles.

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A brief support post from Google describes this new addition as a feature that enable you to chat with anyone in your circles (and who has you in their circles). This new addition now discarded the need to have email addresses of those with whom you want to interact. Certainly, this new feature breaks all the barriers and allows a simple and much required feature for social interaction while being on Google+. The mew feature is much like Twitter’s direct message rules that offers successful transmission of direct messages only if the sender and receiver are following each other on Twitter. The chat is also similar to the one in Facebook as it let an open discussion between mutual friends.


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According to Google, the functionality of chat is not just limited to Google+. All those in mutual circles can interact with each other on Gmail, Google Plus, iGoogle, Orkut and Google Talk Client. Google further describes that it has also improved Google+ chat list. The list now displays the contacts you have recently talked with.

Although, it seems pretty simple to connect the mutual circles, it will open the door for free-form chat for the young Google’s social platform. The privacy settings are offered by Google within the enable box. However, the new feature is by default available to all in ‘Your Circles’ and the custom settings at this point are not just enough to give any idea on how to manage the controls.

A spokesperson from Google said, ““We’re making it easier to chat with the people you care about and a form of group chat, nor can you start group chats from Circles.”

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