My Nokia N900 is now on Google+ thanks to a fellow maemo follower Ahmad Damaj who was kind enough to invite me.

What is Google+ you may ask?

Libby Plummer over at Pocket-lint explains it just perfectly.

Developed under the codename Emerald Sea, Google+ is basically Google’s latest attempt at creating a social network. Google is cannily calling it a “project”, rather than a “product” – perhaps to avoid comparison with its less successful social products. Google reckons that current online networks (no names mentioned) simply don’t cut the mustard and that’s why it’s launching its own version. According to Google’s official blog:

“Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.

“In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.”

The idea is to topple Facebook from its throne by making every existing Google product socially compatible. The company certainly has a lot to work with, including Picasa, Gmail and Google Maps and information and functions from all of these will be integrated into the Google+ experience so that you don’t have to sign into different services to share your photos and let your mates know what you’re up to.

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I spent a few hours setting up my profile, adding friends, family, aquaintances, following to my circles. I like the idea of the Stream, where I can now follow other peoples comments and posts.

My take on Google+ is that it’s a combination of all the great social websites put together in one big happy circle (Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, LinkedIn, Twitter and all the other fantastic websites).