Google Hangouts, Google's communications platform, was announced two years earlier, also at Google I/O.Google subsequently refocused Google on shared interests, removing features not supporting "an interest-based social experience".For the unsegmented Stream (includes content from all of a user's Circles), each Circle has a "slider" configuration item with four positions: nothing, some things, most things, and everything.
A user may click on a Circle on the left side of the page and the Stream portion of the page (the center) will contain only posts shared by users in that Circle.
Along with the text entry field there are icons to upload and share photos and videos.
The Stream can be filtered to show only posts from specific Circles.
In the "Stream", which occupies the middle of three columns on the page, users see updates from those in their Circles.
There is an input box which allows users to enter a post.