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Google+ Custom URL:

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 Posted in Google, Google Plus +1, Social Media Web | No Comments »

Getting your custom URL through Google+

You’ll see a notification at the top of your Google+ page or Google Plus Profile when you login if you meet the simple criteria to get your custom Google+ URL.

1. Click Get a custom URL button to get started. Alternatively, from the “About” tab on your Profile, click the “Get” link located under your Google+ URL.

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2. You’ll see the URL(s) you’ve been approved for. If you see more than one option, select the one you like best. You may also be asked to add a few numbers or letters to make the custom URL unique to you.

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3. Check the box to agree to the Terms of Service.

4. Click Change URL.

5. We may ask you to verify your account by your mobile phone number. If you need to do this, you’ll see a box pop up asking you to do so.
  a. Enter your mobile phone number.
  b. Check the box to make it easier for people who have your phone number to find you on Google services.
  c. Check your phone for the code that was sent to you.
  d. Enter that code in the box.
  e. Click Verify.

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Google+ Custom URLs are available for Google Pages:


6. Once approved, this URL will be linked to your Google+ page or Profile, so be sure everything is exactly the way you want it. Once your URL has been approved, you can’t request to change it. When you’re certain, click Confirm.

Previously, there was a very long ID number associated with the Google+ URL as in the search results image below.  Now, it is text and in most cases a name: 

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The Best and Worst Times to Share on Social Networks (Infographic)

Monday, October 28th, 2013 Posted in Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Social Engagement | No Comments »

Entrepreneurs in Australia who have a large audience in the US and Canada adjust their posting times to hours that make sense to their readers/viewers.

Knowing the best times to reach your audience is one of the trickiest aspects of maintaining your brand’s social media strategy.

Compiled on this infographic below are the best and worst times to post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest.

Be aware that these stats are not set in stone – they’re based on Internet users as a whole, not on your specific target audience – but they’re a solid starting point for anyone looking to gain more traction with their social media posts.

The best thing you can do is keep track of your analytics – specifically, when your audience seems to be most receptive to your content – and periodically revise your social media schedule.


Infographic courtesy of: Social Caffeine

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Source:  Prepared by Krissy Brady July 2012
Tagged as: Facebook, google, infographics, linkedin, Pinterest, social media, social media marketing, twitter

New Google Terms of Service Go Live November 11

Friday, October 11th, 2013 Posted in Google | No Comments »

Google is giving all users one month advance notice on their updated terms of service.  Here’s what they have to say on the policies and principles page:


We are updating the Google Terms of Service. The new Terms will go live on November 11, 2013 and you can read them here.

Because many of you are allergic to legalese, here’s a plain English summary for your convenience.

We’ve made three changes:

  • First, clarifying how your Profile name and photo might appear in Google products (including in reviews, advertising and other commercial contexts).
  • Second, a reminder to use your mobile devices safely.
  • Third, details on the importance of keeping your password confidential.

Here are some more details:

How your Profile name and photo may appear (including in reviews and advertising)

We want to give you – and your friends and connections – the most useful information. Recommendations from people you know can really help. So your friends, family and others may see your Profile name and photo, and content like the reviews you share or the ads you +1’d. This only happens when you take an action (things like +1’ing, commenting or following) – and the only people who see it are the people you’ve chosen to share that content with. On Google, you’re in control of what you share. This update to our Terms of Service doesn’t change in any way who you’ve shared things with in the past or your ability to control who you want to share things with in the future.

Feedback from people you know can save you time and improve results for you and your friends across all Google services, including Search, Maps, Play and in advertising. For example, your friends might see that you rated an album 4 stars on the band’s Google Play page. And the +1 you gave your favorite local bakery could be included in an ad that the bakery runs through Google. We call these recommendations shared endorsements and you can learn more about them here.

When it comes to shared endorsements in ads, you can control the use of your Profile name and photo via the Shared Endorsements setting. If you turn the setting to “off,” your Profile name and photo will not show up on that ad for your favorite bakery or any other ads. This setting only applies to use in ads, and doesn’t change whether your Profile name or photo may be used in other places such as Google Play.

If you previously told Google that you did not want your +1’s to appear in ads, then of course we’ll continue to respect that choice as a part of this updated setting. For users under 18, their actions won’t appear in shared endorsements in ads and certain other contexts.

For greater control over your experience with ads on Google, you can also use Google’s Ads Settings tool to manage ads you see. Learn more.

Use your mobile devices safely

It’s just good common sense: Don’t use our services if you’re doing something that requires your full attention, like driving, and our services might distract you. And, of course, always follow the law while driving.

Be careful with your password

Our top priority is keeping your information safe and secure. Your Google username and password let you access lots of useful things – your Gmail messages, Google+ photos, YouTube videos, Google Contacts list and more. Anyone you give your login details to could use them to access your Google Account and the stuff you store with Google. So if you’re asked for your password, think twice and consider whether there might be safer and more secure ways to share the information.

If we see something out of the ordinary (such as if we notice failed attempts to login to your account, or two logins to your account within a short time frame, but from computers located very far away from each other) you may see an unusual activity alert.

Learn about other ways to keep your Google Account secure, including adding 2-step verification and using application-specific passwords.

Thank you for making it to the end of this page – we know this stuff can be dry, but we think it is important. To see how the terms apply to you, please check out the Terms of Service for your country.

Internet in a Day by Internet Service Providers

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 Posted in Google, Infographics, Ratings, Social Engagement, Social Media Web, Technology Empowerment | No Comments »

The Internet is vast, sprawling, always moving and always changing.  At any given time, videos are being uploaded, pictures tagged, emails sent, and users joining any of the many social media platforms available.  People are Googling questions, millions at a time, and clicking through various websites to find the answers.  We’re shopping online, banking online, scheduling appointments online, and otherwise occupying an enormous, virtual space.  And while most of us are aware of just how much we rely on the Internet for all of our day-to-day activities, it can be easy to forget just how much is happening at once.

The fact of the matter is that the Internet never stops—in a single day, 2.4 billion users are crafting the Internet into something even bigger than what it already is.  So just what happens in the world of the Internet in a single day?

The following infographic takes a look at just what goes on in a day in the Internet.

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Growth of Google+

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 Posted in Google | No Comments »

Growth of Google+

Social Media has become the connecting link for relationships, business, and individuals. This is a big race amongst social media giants such as:

• Facebook
• Linkedin
• Twitter
• Google Plus – G+
• Tumblr

Google+ was slow to join the race but the pace increased steadily. The sudden exclamation from Larry Page of Google+ crossing 100 million user marks, made a few heads turn. This came as a blow to the Wall Street journal calling Google+ a ghost town in February. The turning point is the moment Google+ visitors and new registration showed a 43.1% increase. The list below gives the comparative statement of the actual in millions.

Facebook 158.6 (+1.0%)
Youtube 153.8 (+0.75%)
Twitter 42.6 (+0.9%)
Google+ 31.9 (+43.1%)
Linkedin 24.6 (-6.5%)
Tumblr 21.6 (+0.1%)
Pinterest 19.4 (+0.4%)
Myspace 21. 9 (-8.0%)

This indicates a steady 43.1% increase. The astounding fact these users were from US. The users were primarily desktop users. Complete statistics declared that Google+ is now larger than Linkedin.

Vic Gundotra was beaming with pride when he announced that Google+ mobile traffic is larger than the desktop traffic. The announcement was made during the Google I/O conference in June 2012.

The App interactivity satisfies the mobile users more than enough. A mobile experience that brings back users is sure worth the adulation.

Susan Wojocicki, Senior Vice President Advertising stated that “We are pleased”. This was at the birthday anniversary of Google. The advantage over the other Social Media is that Google+ acts as the ‘Social Spine’ connecting its other featured products.


To list a few of Google’s featured products:

• Gmail – Email engine
• Youtube – Video blogging
• Picassa – photo sharing
• Blogger – blogging
• Drive – Your virtual storage unit

This was the greatest hit with Google. To gain access to these, all you need to have is a simple Google account. Added to the success, Google account is now open to interface your Klout account. This has made another impact with the Klout users willing to socialize with a professional network. The comparison of Google+ to the other active social media networks is done by the press and media. Vic Gundotra had stated earlier that “This is just the next version of Google.” Google has never claimed that Google+ is a social network. Google’s 43% increased users within a short period of time among the other populated SM networks is certainly colossal.

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