Google+ is becoming more information search friendly by adding support for real-time search and hashtags. When you perform a search on Google+ now, you will see a message about new posts the instant that they are available. When you click on the message or click on 'Most recent', relevant posts will start appearing in real time. Since they've also added hashtag support, should you put a hashtag in any of your posts, your post will show up in search results for the word. Check out the video below. It's a message from Google's SVP of Social Media, Vic Gundotra on Google+'s new changes.
It's about time Google+ added hashtag support, since Google and Twitter failed to reach an agreement on information sharing. Journalists on Twitter usually use hashtags to find information from the source of an event or disaster. For instance, when uprisings were taking place in Egypt, journalists relied on locals tweeting from the scene, putting hashtags in their tweets. Since Google+ does not have the same limiting 140 character count, more information can be delivered on the go with hashtags, which should be more useful for journalists. And, since posts will now show up in Google searches, or in real time Google+ searches, an information sharing platform is set. It's just a matter of getting users to actually use the platform.
Of course, this leaves the last 'big' social network wanting to support hashtags. Will Facebook follow suit or does it not matter for them? And the other big question is will people ditch Twitter and move over to Google+ in times of important information sharing? Google+ activity has been decreasing since its launch hype, so whether the platform for information sharing is useful or not is yet to be determined.
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