A Walkthrough of Google's New Social Network, Google+

Google+ is the social network that the search giant launched last week.

It's a lot of the same stuff we're already used to with Facebook, but given a Google-fied design twist. In fact, Google+ looks and functions a lot like Facebook, almost embarrassingly so.

We've been warned that Google+ is only the first step in Google's social strategy, but at first blush, it's hard to imagine how it can win over Facebook users.

There's almost nothing original with Google+: Groups, video chat, news feed, link-sharing and group texting. And while it looks pretty, we don't think it's a big enough change for anyone to abandon Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. (Unless they really hate those networks.)

Until you get an invite, click below to see what Google+ is like for yourself.

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Steve Kovach is editor of the tools section at Business Insider. He writes reviews and advice for gadgets, apps and consumer tech.

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