LOS ANGELES (AP) — Online search leader Google is taking yet another stab at social networking, this time with a project it calls Google+.

The project Google Inc. unveiled in a blog post Tuesday aims to make online sharing more like real life. A feature called “Circles” lets users share different things with different groups of friends, colleagues or relatives.

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Facebook, miles ahead of Google when it comes to the social side of the Internet, has a similar feature called “Groups,” which lets users categorize their friends and acquaintances.

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Google has been experimenting with different social tools since late 2009 with limited success. “Buzz” was a major mishap. The company wound up exposing email contacts that users didn’t want to share.

It later settled with the Federal Trade Commission over “Buzz.”

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