New York: Google took its biggest leap yet onto Facebook's turf on Tuesday, introducing a social networking service called the Google plus project which happens to look like Facebook.
The service, which will initially be available only to a select group of Google users who will soon be able to invite others, will let people share and discuss status updates, photos and links.
But the Google+ project will be different from Facebook in one significant way, which Google hopes will be enough to convince people to use yet another social networking service. It is designed for sharing with small groups -- like colleagues, college roommates -- instead of with all of a user's friends or the entire Web. It also offers group messaging and video chat.