15 Things You Need To Know About The #NewGooglePlus

May 15, 2013 · 30 comments

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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

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

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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.

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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. 

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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. 

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

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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.)

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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.

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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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Jacqueline Waters May 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Cool myspace page!
Ha,ha.

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!

Jacqui

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Rick Salas May 16, 2013 at 12:22 am

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

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Harleena Singh May 16, 2013 at 3:38 am

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 :)
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Evan May 16, 2013 at 4:40 am

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.

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Carolyn May 16, 2013 at 7:32 am

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.
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Reneé Klein May 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

Hi Kim,
I had a hangout on Google+ last night and I have to say it was excellent to take part in, there were about ten of us in total, some left & new people came into the hangout. The way Google has organised it will certainly put the fright into Skype as well as Facebook.

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Corina Ramos May 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I’ve been offline for several days and I noticed the share buttons have changed…I like it.

I’ll be looking out for the others you mentioned here and familiarizing myself with them. In reading the comments, it looks like Google did good with these changes, lots of happy campers :).

Thanks for sharing these changes with us :)
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William Amis May 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Kim, you give us some hot topics with the best way to understand on all levels. If I did not have a computer background, this would be somewhat overwhelming at first.

I have went through this information twice and you make more sense than the G+ videos which make it more confusing for all. There is just so many things one can do and only limited by their imagination which is the way it should be.

Thanks Kim you are always and will continue to be my number one source for clarity with Tech stuff.

You are greatly appreciated by me and sure everyone who has ever had the blessings to meet you.

I love my Circles!

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Rosemary O'Shaughnessy May 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

Hi Kim,

Thank you for taking the time to put together this very comprehensive guide to google+ . I really like the new layout 41 new changes that will give us a lot of tools to use with our pals .

Rosemary

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Jamie Bates May 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Thanks for the tips and tricks to the new Google+. I think the new updates are going to be great, but right now it’s hard to get used to the changes.

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Chris Silvey May 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Thanks Kim for the information. I have been doing some exploration of the new G+ and haven’t had time to absorb everything do to a busy schedule. This will help me navigate things much more readily.

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Bill Davis May 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

So far, I don’t exactly HATE the new Google +, but I don’t love it, either. I am frustrated by the loss of some features, including:

Being able to “mouse-over” the Communities icon and see a drop-down (well, drop-sideways?) list of my communities AND the current number of unread posts in each. Mouse-over on the “Home” icon give a drop-down (which is nice, and keeps the page clean), but I wish they had kept the feature for some of the sub-menus. Now, I have to open my communities page in a separate tab and open each one individually, and have to refresh the page to see the updated number of unread posts.

And right off the bat I had to reformat and reload my profile picture for my community so that the log line was no longer hidden under “Public 100 members.” Sheesh, Google. Thanks a lot!

And maybe it’s just me, but I had absolutely NO warning of a pending change. I just woke up one morning and was asked if I wanted to “take the tour” and bam! there ya go. I think a little warning and some transition time, and the ability to switch back (at least temporarily) might have been a nice gesture.

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Nile May 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

I am kind of disturbed that Google is allowing people to pay through Google+ and I don not think it belongs there. However, who cares what I think… I am seeing way too many social networks starting to look like one another.
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Lydia Brown May 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

Thank you Kim to tell you the truth sometimes I feel like I am choking on all the changes between Youtube, Facebook and Google+. With your consistent help I am able to stay in KISS mode.
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Donna Merrill May 19, 2013 at 11:32 am

You always have something just in the nick of time for me Kim.
I just purchased an IPhone and all this information has helped so much. I use Google Hangouts all the time from my computer…but now on my phone? Whoopie.
There are so many other tips you have provided here to use on my favorite platform, I thank you.
Donna
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Hamza Sheikh May 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I have personally followed the Google I/O 2013 this year, and found out that Google completely kicks out the Android out of their Developer Conference, and made Google I/O all about Search & Google+ social.

The automatic hastags are amazing thing, and the three column stream is also hinting at the Google+ Algorithm and the integration of search engine with G+.

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Sarah Arrow May 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Ooo ponies… I’m going to be gone for hours playing with this :). It’s good to know I can move back to single column as I wasn’t liking the multi column view.

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Alleli Aspili May 20, 2013 at 3:24 am

I was just having a little problem about this change that Google Plus has implemented and your tips have helped more than what I would need. I just wonder how it would feel navigating the site in a Windows 8 OS. I’m sure anyone here have already tried.. any comments about it?

Thanks a lot in advance! :D

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Jason May 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

I love everything about Google+ and Google Hangouts except the new Google hangouts removes the ability to host a voice call within gmail. That’s something I still love to do and very handy during work. I hope Google will retain the function.

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Gaurav May 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

Google+ improving day by day and these new features really competition to FB and other social neworks

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Dima Al Mahsiri May 26, 2013 at 5:28 am

I already love G+, adding more useful features will make it more fun.
Thanks for sharing the updates with us :)
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Dima Al Mahsiri May 26, 2013 at 5:31 am

Good to know that they added the # tags, they can be very helpful. And the photo enhance, can’t wait to try it :)
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Yorinda May 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Hi Kim,
WoW, you put together such a great post with screenshots and video to portrait the latest changes!

To think that there have been more than 40 changes!

I like the flip function for more info on the status updates.
Looking forward to trying out the new hangouts.

Thank you so much for the effort of putting this post together!
Cheers,
Yorinda

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Rohit Palit May 31, 2013 at 12:40 am

I still feel more comfortable using Facebook and believe it’s more feature-rich too. Maybe after this upgrade I’ll have to try G+ once more.

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Bernard June 3, 2013 at 12:43 am

Great tutorial! Thank you for putting together these tips. I’ve been meaning to get started on Google+. I definitely see that it is time. Looks like I have some motivation now. = )

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Narender July 12, 2013 at 6:55 am

So far Facebook is king. However G+ is having some great features too but it’s not worthy to attract basic users. But Google Plus seems more popular than FB when it comes to Business People.

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Ramit Kapoor August 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

yes, I’m going to be gone for hours playing with this . It’s good to know I can move back to single column as I wasn’t liking the multi column view. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Steven J Fromm November 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hey Kim: Great post on Google plus features. The first video was very informing especially how pictures can get an immediate and automatic enhancement. Like that. The discussion of other features were very informative and useful. Thanks for all the tips.

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Akil December 11, 2013 at 7:32 am

So far Facebook is king. However G+ is having some great features too but it’s not worthy to attract basic users. But Google Plus seems more popular than FB when it comes to Business People.

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