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Google+ continues to enjoy some powerful momentum. After launching major updates for Gmail and Contacts earlier this month, the up-and-coming social network announced yesterday the introduction of more interactive new features.

Google+ users can now decide if they want to turn the volume up or down on posts in their streams thanks to the slider on top of each circle. They can also take advantage of the revamped notification system, which features sneak previews of new content, as well as the +1’s and shares that their posts have received. Further, the Google+ Photos experience has been upgraded, with a new Lightbox that offers better navigation and tagging, and enhanced comment legibility.

However, the most important piece of news is probably the announcement of improvements to Google+ Pages: “In the weeks since launching pages, we’ve been listening to your feedback and we’re pleased to make some of the most oft-requested features available,” says Bradley Horowitz, Vice President of Product, on the Official Google Blog.

Pages, which can officially be managed by up to 50 people, now have their own notification system. The system shows an aggregated count of users that have engaged with the page, either by +1’ing it or by adding it to a circle.

Finally, today, Google + announced that users can also create a Gmail account and sign up for Google from a basic feature phone. Visit plus.google.com from your phone and click “Create an account now".

What do you think of the new features?

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