Google is retiring the “classic” Google+ as it introduces an all-new version with several significant updates. According to the company, the new features being added are among the most heavily requested updates from the Google+ community.
”With this latest round of updates, we believe the new Google+ is really your Google+— designed around your suggestions, requests and needs. It also means it’s time to say goodbye to classic Google+ on the web, which we’ll be turning down on January 24.”
Here is an overview of the updates you can expect to see later this month.
Bury Those Low-Quality Comments
The new Google+ will automatically hide low-quality comments. The company doesn’t exactly define what is considered a low quality comment, but it appears to be anything that isn’t conducive to conversation.
Here’s an example:
As you can see above, if you wish to see the comments being hidden you will have the opportunity to do so.
Less Wasted Space, More Room for Content
The new Google+ is designed to put more of a focus on content by making optimal use of the screen you’re using. That means less white space and more posts. Images will especially shine in the new design, and the web version will even allow you to zoom in on photos.
Events Are Coming Back
Google is bringing Events back to the new Google+, with the ability to create and join events on the web version. The company admits it still has to refine the user experience of Events, so expect to see some improvements over the version launching on January 24th.
More Updates to Come
As Google shutters the classic version of Google+ it assures users its work on the new version is far from complete. “Our aim is to make Google+ the best place to connect around the things you care about,” the company says. If there are specific features or updates you’d like to see in the future, Google fully encourages your feedback.