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Google+ Social Network now open to teens

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All this while Google+ has been open to only people 18 years and above. But on January 26, 2012 Google+ amended its rules to allow people 13 years and above to join the social networking site. So for the first time all teens can join Google+ officially. To ensure that teens are protected online Google+ offers enhanced privacy features for teens.

That Google+ is opening its doors to all teens does not mean teens have not been using the social networking site. After all they can raise their age to join. However, Google by these changes to its rules is now making it official. To make Google+ more palatable for parents, Google+ will be providing enhanced privacy for teens.

One safe guide that Google+ offers teens is an alert system which according to Google encourages teens to think before they share outside their circles. So, when teens try to share content outside their circle they will be warned of the risk involved. The default privacy settings of teens are set to prevent them from communicating with people outside their circle.

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So, only those who the teenager has added to circle will be able to communicate with him/her. Of course, the default setting can be changed by the teen to allow them easily communicate with Google+ public.


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Google+ currently has 90 million users and opening to teens is bound to add a few millions. This rule change also brings Google+ at par with Facebook when it comes to age limit for entry.

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Over the past few months Google has been integrating its services with Google+. The latest service to be integrated to Google+ is Google Earth, which will enable users share maps with friends.

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Google+ Social Network now open to teens was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: April 15th, 2016

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