Google Drive users are now be able to share their files in their Google+ streams, and their social contacts can read the files without leaving Google’s social network, the company said today.
When a file owner opens the document and clicks share, s/he can then opt to share via Google+. The user then selects the Google+ circles with which s/he wants to share. The file then becomes visible as a thumbnail on that user’s profile. Those who see it can click it to open it in another browser window.
Only files the user has made available with the privacy settings “public on the Web” or “anyone with a link”can be shared in this way.
The process works for documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
In a demo presentation the company also released some informal Google Drive analytics: enough words are typed to fill War and Peace 24 times over, enough comments are made to fill 2,500 refrigerator doors with Post-It notes, and the equivalent of half a million rolls of film are uploaded.
Google did not immediately respond to a request to comment.
Google Drive launched in April.