Just when you thought Google+ was worn out and ready for the boring bin, the search giant unleashed its secret weapon: Graphic design. The new and improved Google+ doesn't look a thing like the old Google+. In fact, it hardly looks like Google, what with all kinds of nice gradients and smooth animations, Google+ now has more in common with Twitter and Tumblr than it does with the company's flagship search engine. The new Google+ is even more like Facebook, with its cover photo, moveable app icons on the lefthand side of the page, and endless stream of procrastination devices.
Sometimes, procrastination isn't a bad thing. Social media sites are fun, because they enable you to trade links, make jokes, and virtually hangout with your friends. Google is leaning hard on this notion with the Google+ redesign. And as Google senior vice president Vic Gundrota mentioned in an official blog post, users "can expect more hangouts in more places in the future." This is a predictable and probably well advised decision since Hangouts have so far been the stickiest feature on Google+. However, it's obvious that Google wants Google+ to become something more than just a place to hang out.