Unofficial Google Plus blog

HP Sharing SS Updated

August 25, 2011
by icechen1
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+1 Buttons updated, now actually useful

Remember the Google +1 button introduced a while back? The button allowed Google Users to recommend a web site in search results, but little can be done to share the web page with friends using the button.

Fortunately, Google just improved it by adding a few goodies and improvements to it. First off, much like Facebook’s old Share button, content can be posted to your Stream as +Snippets for your followers to see. The content that gets shared can be customized by the webmaster using the schema.org attributes as detailed on Google’s blog.   Continue Reading →

Youtube Hangout

August 19, 2011
by icechen1
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Hangsout now integrated with YouTube

Ever wanted to watch a video with your friends? You could send it via IM to them, but they won’t be able to watch it in real time with you.

Youtube Hangout

Today, Google added a feature that allows Google+ users to start a Hangout straight from the video sharing options, without leaving the page. Simply click the “Share” button under the video player and click on “Start a Google+ Hangout” to get started! Continue Reading →

Google Plus Games

August 12, 2011
by icechen1
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Games comes to Google Plus

Google Plus Games

If there’s one difference many Facebook users will notice when migrating to Google+, it’s the lack of user made apps. With the announcement of the rumored Games integration within Google Plus, you can get your game fix on Google+, too!

Games are being rolled out on a gradual basis, and you may not be able to see it just yet. If you are among the lucky ones, you should see a new button on the top sidebar. Simply click it and you can start playing games! There are currently 16 games available like Angry Birds, Bejeweled, Zombie Lane, Edge World and other popular casual games. Continue Reading →

gplus-invite-small

August 5, 2011
by icechen1
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Google+ invites now updated(and restricted)

If you are one of the lucky ones with a Google plus account the last two weeks, you would have noticed that you can invite an unlimited number of people to Google+ simply by entering their e-mail address. If you don’t know the e-mail address of someone you would like to invite and he isn’t on your imported contact lists, you’re out of luck.

The good news is that Google is rolling out a new system that address this issue over the next few days. You can now invite others by giving away your personal invite link. It’s easier than ever to share it via IM, Facebook or even give it away on your blog. A minor downside is that the link is complicated; can’t really memorize that!  Continue Reading →

It's a good idea to hide from stealkers!

July 30, 2011
by icechen1
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How to hide your Google+ profile from Google search results

Privacy can be an issue when it comes to social networking. Of course, most of the time, privacy breaches can be blamed on the user, not the system. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to hide yourself from future embarrassment by avoiding that your profile shows up on search results related to your name(or completely unrelated queries!).

It takes less than a minute to change the preference whether you would like to be found using search results, and here’s how: Continue Reading →

plus-one

July 27, 2011
by icechen1
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Google +1 button updated, now faster and asynchronous

+1 Button from Google gets updatedSome webmasters have reported that Google’s Plus One (+1) button can slow down their blog and web site quite a bit. The good news is that Google reported to have addressed this issue and made the publisher button 3x as fast than before.

A source of complaint is that the JavaScript code needed to load the button is slow, therefore degrading the site speed and quality. That’s why some webmasters are reluctant to add the button on their site. It shouldn’t be a problem anymore as it’s now faster than ever! No changes in the code are needed in order to enjoy the decreased loading speed, it should take effect autonomously. Continue Reading →

Google+ Ultimate extension for Chrome

July 26, 2011
by icechen1
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Customize your Google+ with Ultimate Google Plus

Google+ Ultimate extension for ChromeThe Chrome extension Ultimate Google+ is a great way to enhance your time on the Google Plus. Think of it as  counterpart to Better Facebook for Facebook.

This extension adds a few extra features to Google plus. For instance, it adds a notification icon to your Chrome toolbar as well as some subtle (and some obvious) interface tweaks on Google +.

Here are some of the features included with this useful plugin: Continue Reading →

User suspended in Google Plus

July 24, 2011
by icechen1
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Google+ suspending accounts en masse

User suspended in Google PlusWatch out, novelty accounts on Google+. Numerous users and celebrities have been blogging about getting suspended and kicked out of Google+ due to a violation of community standards. It seems that users not using their real name or businesses accounts are the ones targeted during today’s deletion, but also legitimate users and some celebrities accounts suspected to be fake and imitations. Users that are suspended will be met with the following message once they visit their profile:

“After reviewing your profile, we determined the name
you provided violates our Community Standards.”

Continue Reading →

Google buys Fridge for plus

July 23, 2011
by icechen1
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Google buys social media website Fridge, what are they cooking up?

The team behind the social network site Fridge (frid.ge) announced earlier today that they have been acquired by Google as part of their ongoing recruitment drive for Google+. Fridge is a social media startup providing a social experience centered around “Groups”, eerily similar to Google plus’s Circles. Once a user creates a Group, he will be able to share with its members on a computer, by e-mail or by mobile. Good to share photos, videos and stories with friends and family. Not to mention that it’s great to organize work in a team with friends and coworkers. Continue Reading →