Google Hangouts, Google's communications platform, was announced two years earlier, also at Google I/O.Google subsequently refocused Google on shared interests, removing features not supporting "an interest-based social experience".
In an interview with Steven Levy published on May 28, 2015, Horowitz said that Google was about to undergo a "huge shift" that would better reflect how the service is actually used.
By that time, two core Google functions, communications and photos, had become standalone services.
Along with the text entry field there are icons to upload and share photos and videos.
The Stream can be filtered to show only posts from specific Circles.
Google 's user base was roughly 60% male and 25% female as of November 2013, and 15% "other" or unknown.