Is It Just Me, Or Does the Re-Designed G+ Look Quite a Lot Like Facebook?

By Chris Mills on at

Google's darling social network's had an update -- bigger cover photos, a new layout for the 'About' section, and more local reviews, for those of you still eschewing the big Plus. What strikes me, though, is that it's looking rather a lot like a Mountain-View-skinned version of Facebook.

Now, I'm not saying that Google is deliberately ripping off Facebook's layout -- more than anything else, this design scheme is only found in the 'About' section of a profile, not the main feed. And, I'm not trying to insinuate that Facebook has some kind of copyright claim over double columns or rounded edges or anything like that -- Plus's new layout is really just continuing the design pioneered in Google Now. But c'mon. You've gotta admit that the two look pretty darn similar now -- big cover photo with profile pic overlaid, double columns of info, the works.

This isn't a bad thing. I actually quite like the Timeline-style layout of Facebook (if you need persuading, take a look at this). But still, this redesign -- especially if it eventually rolls out site-wide, as is entirely possible -- seems a little too close to Facebook's bone; and what with Google Plus expanding by the minute, I'm sure Facebook won't take this lying down. What do you reckon, though -- fresh design, or blatant rip-off?

Oh, and the enlarged cover photo at the top is screwing with my mind. And not in a good way. [Google]