Google is set to roll out its own social media service, designed to compete with Facebook. Initial reports are that it will look and function similar to Facebook, with real-time updates (including posted photos) from your circle of friends. Google hopes to avoid a repeat of the social media debacle that occurred last year when they launched Google Buzz.
The date for the public launch of Google+ has not been announced. The service is already being used by Google’s own staff. So it is reasonable to assume that a phased public roll out could occur as early as the next few weeks.