Google+ now lets you start a conversation from search results

Searching for a topic on Google+ now displays a "join discussion" box where you can enter a comment about that topic to trigger a conversation.

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The tweaks to Google+ keep rolling along.

Users of the social network can now start a conversation with other people directly from search results. Searching for a specific topic on Google+ opens a box called "join the discussion" where you can chime in with your thoughts about the topic in question.

Your comment then appears in your Google+ feed where other people can respond and potentially trigger an ongoing discussion. As with your regular posts, you can share your comments with the entire Google+ world or limit it just to specific circles. Your comment will also appear in Google+ results when other people search for the same topic.

For example, I ran a search in Google+ for Nokia and wrote a comment about Nokia and Windows Phone, which then kicked up a conversation thread about the topic.

Behond the latest "discussion" feature, Google has added two new tweaks to its Google+ mobile Web app.

You can now tap on a "What's Hot" link to pick up the latest Google+ posts deemed the most interesting. For example, the latest content displayed several posts about the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, aka SOPA . Further, you can view the names of all the people who +1'd a certain post to see who likes what.

Google is promising that these two new features will pop up in the Google+ iOS and Android apps.

Since turning the tap on its social network last year, Google has gradually been enhancing it with more options . Though few of the enhancements have been earthshaking by themselves, collectively they've been turning Google+ into a more robust and finely tuned service.



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