Google+ takes on Facebook - The launch of Google+ was a shock, coming, as it did, out of nowhere. Perhaps that was Google's intention. Initially met with scepticism, given Google's track record with social networking (ahem, Orkut!), Google+ quickly proved itself a worthy Facebook competitor. Launched on 28th June 2011, it featured an unique sharing interface called Circles and it introduced a 10 person video chat called Hangouts. Unlike its predecessors Buzz, Wave and Orkut, Google + featured a sharing interface called Circles which was designed by former Macintosh guru Andy Hertzfeld, this in-particular enabled the social network to take-off at the speed of light. Over the months, there is no doubt that its appeal has diminished, especially as Facebook rises to battle with new features, but if there is going to be a social network that will take on Facebook, then Google + is it.