Google still hasn't given up on Google+ and Topics is the latest attempt to keep people on the service
Google+ finds itself the butt of many a joke, but the company behind the service is happy to proclaim that "millions of people use" it. There are already numerous ways to discover content on Google+, and now there's yet another: Topics.
This is essentially Google's take on the idea of related content, and it's a bid to keep users on the site -- or in the app -- for longer. Not content with having people reading what they set out to read, now additional "Topics to explore" will be suggested.
The latest addition to the Home Stream is a fairly basic affair, but Google will be hoping that it adds some sort of value. "To help you sort through the many Collections and Communities where people share, we’ve created a new feature called Topics. With Topics, you'll see a high-quality stream of Collections, Communities and people related to things we think you’ll be interested in."
There's no suggestion that Topics will be in any way customizable, as this appears to be another algorithm-driven feature. The company says:
Today, there are already hundreds of Topics available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, covering everything from black-and-white photography to hiking and camping. So whether you’ve recently discovered the wonders of woodworking, love gardening, or can’t get enough street photography, there’s a stream of unique and interesting stuff waiting for you on Google+.
Google says that the feature is rolling out gradually, so if you don’t see it straight away, it's just a matter of time before it shows up for you.