Google+ redesigned for better function, flexibility

FILE - This Oct. 1, 2011 file photo, shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Google is sifting through the photos and commentary on its blossoming social network so its Internet search results can include more personal information. (dapd, Virginia Mayo)

April 11, 2012 2:58:56 PM PDT
Google is rolling out a redesign of its social network; Google+.

The tech giant says it is an effort to make the social network more functional and flexible. Among the changes: a tweaked navigation menu that lets users move or hide apps, conversation cards to highlight important friend discussions and an explore page for finding trends within a user's network.

More than 170 million people have a Google+ account, compared to 845 million Facebook users.