Liz Gannes

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Beach Session: Google+ Team Circles Up in Maui

A week after Facebook debuted substantial revamps of its core design and sharing platform, the Google+ team is hard at work. Well, as hard at work as you can be on a trip to Maui. Sources told us the Google+ team has decamped to relax and discuss strategy in Hawaii for the past few days, and their own Google+ photo streams are full of geo-tagged beach snaps that back the story up.

Asked for comment, a Google spokeswoman replied, “Part of the Google+ team is attending an offsite this week.”

A source said that the members of the Google+ team also had visited Hawaii for a celebratory offsite right after the launch. Perhaps this is a repeat or a second trip for those who didn’t get to join the first.

Update: Mike Arrington is reporting on Uncrunched that 450 Google employees are at this week’s event.

It might be hard to believe, but in Silicon Valley’s competitive job market, trips to Hawaii aren’t unheard of. As I recall, the Facebook Photos team also had a Hawaii “offsite” after a major launch last year. Update: A representative for the Facebook Photos team said this was technically a group vacation, not a company offsite.

Here’s a fire dancing snapshot from the Google+ photo stream of software engineer Eider Oliveira, who posted it last night with the fitting caption “I’ve circled you.”

And here’s a stunning sunset picture from Chris Chabot, a Google+ developer advocate.

This gorgeous Instagrammed shot at Haleakala National Park from open Web advocate Chris Messina hit the Instagram popular list last night.


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