Google+ has a complete new look and feel less than one year after it launched by invitation only. This redesign was shared by Vic Gundotra who wrote that “More than 170 million people have upgraded to Google+, enjoying new ways to share in Search, Gmail, YouTube and lots of other places.”
If you go to plus.google.com you’ll see a new sign in page to sign in with your Gmail account. The +You is what you see if you have not logged in.
After the Google, +You screen, there is a set of image and links that display starting with Google Plus Circles. There is a YouTube link which has been added below for your convenience.
Next up is Google Plus Hangouts
Then there’s Google Plus Photos which are part of Google Picasa platform.
Last we see Mobile which is Google Play and App Store.
Our friends over at life hacker set up a poll about Google+ with four questions. Here are the results which will change when you click the image below and cast your Google+ vote.
#LikesUP for the redesigned Google+
Likes UP: Google Bar Has Arrived
I wrote about the Google Bar earlier this month and mine arrived today. Using Google Chrome, if you are NOT logged in you will see the black menu on the left.
On the right you will see the sign in button to sign in with your Gmail account if you are NOT logged in.
If you ARE logged in you will see your name i.e. +Sherrie Rose beside the G+ icon. If you have notifications they will appear in a red box.
If you are logged in to your Gmail account, but are NOT using G+ you will see you name on the right on the Google Bar. When you click the + Share button beside your profile image, you can immediately post to your Google Plus account from the Google Bar. Add your text, photo, video, link, location and choose your circles, public, friends, etc. and press the share button.
Within Google Plus, you’ll see a Welcome message. It shows the navigation with is the menu items such as Google search, images, maps, youtube, gmail, documents, etc.
Google Bar earlier article http://likesup.com/likes-up-google-home-page-changes-with-google-bar/
#LikesUP for the new Google Bar
Likes UP: Google Plus Social Search Merge with G+ Personalization
A Gmail account automatically gives you access to G+, Google Plus, plus.google.com. You’re a G+ member.
Google is transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships (yes, those RELATIONSHIP RICHES™ are what it is all about. Searching and digging for gold in people’s profiles!)
If you’re part of Google+, Google’s new search tools will only pull you further in, ensuring that the still young social engine is TOM – top of mind.
As long as you’re signed into Google+ meaning through your gmail account, Google will try to finish your search query with the most likely in-your-Circles match. Google, in other words, is assuming that you’re looking for someone you know and not just a random person with the same name. As Google sees it, you’re getting more relevant results, because this is the information and the people you choose to connect with in the first place.
Social Search was in the Google Labs back in 2009. In 2012 it is reality.
Google only has access to that one open graph [Google +] and it does not “pull in anyone else’s social graph” like Facebook or Twitter.
Starting on January 10, 2012, Google+ results will be blended in with the traditional “authoritative results,” but clearly annotated. Google calls this access to “your web.” So instead of all the public information that is already available to everyone searching via Google, so you can see information that you posted into Google’s new social network.
From the Google Blogspot Blog:
1/10/2012 06:29:00 AM
Google Search has always been about finding the best results for you. Sometimes that means results from the public web, but sometimes it means your personal content or things shared with you by people you care about. These wonderful people and this rich personal content is currently missing from your search experience. Search is still limited to a universe of webpages created publicly, mostly by people you’ve never met. Today, we’re changing that by bringing your world, rich with people and information, into search. http://googleblog.blogspot.com/
#LikesUP for Search
Likes UP: Big Improvements Google+ Pages
“You can now delegate up to 50 named managers as administrators for a Google page.” +Google G+
New Tools and Controls to Manage Your Google+ Pages
As simple as 1, 2, 3. #likesup
1. Owners and managers on Google+ pages -> http://goo.gl/qtS8K
2. Notification Settings -> http://goo.gl/H5WH7
3. Unified +1 & Circle Count -> http://goo.gl/5PGiz
More about Google+ Page (help center): http://goo.gl/x8z2d
Today Google Plus Pages is rolling out three of the most highly-requested Google+ Pages features: multi-manager support, notifications, and the unification of +1 and follower counts. P.S.: more coming in 2012
#LikesUP – Google+ Pages
Likes UP: Android Celebrates 10,000,000,000 app download with G+ Hangout @ 1:00pm
As of 1:00pm, December 9, 2011, there are 143067 people or pages that have Android in their circles. You can define the name of your circle with a title that makes sense to you or your page.
Android, on Google Plus, is described as “A place for Android fans everywhere to meet, share and get the latest on all things Android.”
Today at 1:00pm Pacific Android and Photobucket’s CEO, Tom Munro,gave an open invitation to hangout. Android is celebrating their 10,000,000,000 app download.
Since the Google Plus hangout includes both audio and video you have a “reminder” to check your hair and make sure that your microphone works.
Press the big green button “Hang Out” to join.
If you are lucky enough to get a spot and join the Google Plus hangout, you will see a screen like this that lets you know you are about to join the hangout.
Underneath the hangout there are controls for video, audio and other settings as well as the exit.
If you don’t get in you’ll get the “Aww…” screen. Most likely, the hangout room is full. You can also try again and hope that someone has dropped out and made space for you to join the hangout.
#Likes UP for +Android, +Photobucket and Google Hangout