15 Things You Need To Know About The #NewGooglePlus

15 Things You Need To Know About The #NewGooglePlus

new-google-plus-logoGetting The Most From 
The #NewGooglePlus

This week, at the Google I/O 2013 conference, Google announced many exciting changes for various parts of it’s platform. 

The bulk of the upgrades this year centered around the Google+ platform… 

Here’s 15 Tips to Surviving
the #NewGooglePlus


1) Change from one-to-multi column layouts by going to the bottom of the More v   menu. 


Three column layout exists but only for the largest of resolution displays. If you want to take a peek at it, just reduce your zoom on the page. The design is fully mobile responsive.

2) Shift+L will rapidly refresh the stream bringing you to the top and the new posts if you don’t want to click the button.  Currently no way to return to auto-refreshing of the page.


3) Infographics will display in a nearly-useful size at full length in the new layout. Estimated dimensions 503×930 for desktop viewing. An influx of infographic posts is likely. Keep an eye on ensuring readability.


4) Find an assortment of additional information related to each post by clicking on it’s “Shared Publicly” or “Shared Privately” link right under the authors name to flip the card over!

5) The “send feedback” form is located at the bottom of the menu under “home”.  Cant find feedback? Just type the “@” sign when not in a comment box to bring it up. 


6) “What’s Hot” is back in the sidebar under home – and temporarily displaying strange gender biases (being fixed).


7)  A Hangout is now any form of group communication = Video Call or Group Chat or Group Calling, etc. Merging together it’s many messaging and calling products. 

8) Google has released a standalone Hangout app that replaces Google Chat and allows for text and video chat across Android, iOS, and Chrome. 

iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hangouts/id643496868?mt=8

Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk

Chrome Browser Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hangouts/nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd

9) In the right-hand hangout menu, the drop-down menu offers a number of useful options including a link to sign out of hangouts.


10) In the hangout app, the little green bar under someone’s photo indicates they are active & online. 



11) To start a new hangout on air, you need to first visit the Hangout on Air page and then look halfway down the page on your right for a “Start A Hangout on Air” button that is not very visible.


12) YouTube expands it’s Live-Streaming feature to all channels with more than 1,000 subscribers. Learn more.

13) You can now send money through Gmail/Google. 

14) When starting a new conversation, the status box loads up front and center with bright classic Google colors. 


15) Circle volume control has moved to being under the settings gear in each circle’s page. Select More, Standard, or Fewer


16) Major improvements to many of the photo tools can be altered in your settings page.  (Unfortunately, being able to edit an image as you upload it and before posting it has vanished.)


The auto enhance is really handy for on-the-fly image enhancing. The ability to upload high resolution images is fantastic. Lots to love in these changes. (Including the ability to remove the download image button.)

17) Type these “cheat codes” into the chat of a Google Hangout and watch what happens! Too fun, gotta love Google easter eggs! (Only work with Hangouts on Google+ and the Chrome Extension. Not in video calls or mobile.)

  • Try:  
  • /ponies (a pony running across chat)
  • /pitchforks (an angry mob running across chat)
  • /ponystream (ponies running across your local chat)
  • /bikeshed (change the background color for everyone)
  • /shydino (a shy little dino shows up)
  • KONAMI cheat code (use your arrow keys, changes your local background)

18) Promotions – and dare I venture into saying advertising – will be coming soon to the Google+ newsfeed beginning with the new Offers feature.  Link to Hello Kitty’s Offer.


19. Google Games is going away (June 30th) in favor of the new Google Play Games service. Link and Link

Have you checked out the New Google Plus yet?  

What do you think?  

Love it? Hate it? Let Me Know! 

 ~ Kim ~
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PS: And if all of that is enough to make you need a break… go over to http://images.google.com and type in “Atari Breakout” for some amusement. 

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31 Comments on "15 Things You Need To Know About The #NewGooglePlus"

2 years 12 days ago

Cool myspace page!

In all seriousness, I may have to actually check it out. I have not really caught on to Google+ and I am sure it is much more useful than I had considered.

I have through experience and learning from awesome chicks like you Kimberly that there are really some high end features to be found if you really look at the free resources provided online. GMail is hands down the best email client I have ever used including paid software options using my personal domain emails.

I would much rather use Gmail than my Mac mail or Outlook.

For whatever reason Google+ just has not appealed to me much compared to Facebook but it may be time to take a second peak at it.

Thanks for the awesome updates Kim!


2 years 12 days ago

Thanks for the great post Kimberly. I really enjoyed the information. Have a great day!

2 years 12 days ago

Hi Kim,

Good to be back on your blog after long :)

I just saw your FB status and thought who’d be able to give us better information than you on this subject and headed right over.

Most of the changes are good and for the better. I just wish they’d kept the wider layout option as they had earlier – I used to enjoy that better than the narrower version now. Perhaps they’re still working on getting it all done up better, so one can never say.

I loved the snooze notification option also – a must that most of us need so that we aren’t disturbed while we are working online!

Thanks for sharing all of this with us. Have a nice day ahead :)

2 years 12 days ago

Hangouts app on the Play Store is com.google.android.talk, so I’m assuming this is just the new version of Talk, plus a rebrand and features pulled from Google+ Messenger. Also emojis, so many cool one out there!!! liked it.

2 years 12 days ago

Kim, This is a very thorough and helpful explanation of the changes to Google Plus. I am a big fan of Dieter Bohn and appreciate you including the Verge videos here.

There is much to absorb with these changes but I am embracing them as I think it will lead to a more powerful sharing platform.