Unofficial Google Plus blog

Bye Google Buzz

October 14, 2011
by icechen1
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Google will shut down Buzz

Bye Google BuzzLet’s be honest, Google Buzz was a failure for what it intended to do. With the launch of Google Plus, Buzz became a redundant service that has little use and has almost none of Google+’s features. Google just announced today a new initiative to direct more focus on Google+, and less on Google’s other social services.

Over the next few weeks, Google Buzz and its API will be permanently shut down. Existing content will be archived on the user’s Google profile and backups can be downloaded through Google Takeout.

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October 5, 2011
by icechen1
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New! Lock down your posts before publishing

An old feature from Google Plus is the ability to disable commenting and lock down a post after it’s published, allowing you to keep your friends from sharing the post to others, or to prevent comments on a post.

Starting today, it’s now possible to adjust those settings before the post is posted, allowing you to fine tune the posts. You can choose to change those preferences in the new drop box next to the share bar. Check out this video to see how: Continue Reading →

Chrome Zone

October 1, 2011
by icechen1
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Google opens its own retail stores

Chrome ZoneGoogle just opened its first retail kiosk in London, UK as an effort to promote Google’s Chromebooks running on ChromeOS. Called the Chrome Zone, Google hopes to help consumers choose and purchase the right chromebook for them.  Unlike Apple Stores or Microsoft Store, the Chrome Zone is only a kiosk inside a branch of PC World.

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+1 Button from Google gets updated

September 28, 2011
by Guest Poster
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Search engine optimization – Latest updates on this search engine strategy

+1 Button from Google gets updatedSearch engine optimization helps you in getting your web page on the search engine’s search results. When your website gets listed high in the search engine results, it becomes easier for you to get increased number of visitors to your website. This will help you in earning higher revenues with time. So, search engine optimization or SEO is really important for your website. From the day when these strategies were discovered, various changes have been going on to develop more advanced strategies to better optimize the websites.
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Plus traffic 26 sept

September 27, 2011
by icechen1
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Public Google+, one week later

It’s been around a week since Google’s social network went public for all. How has the announcement affected Google+ use and popularity? Here’s some stats on the state of Google+, a week after it was made public:

Traffic

According to Hitwise, visits to Google+ climbed up to 15 million U.S. visits, from 1.1 Million the week before. That’s an astonishing 1269% increase! That places Google+ in the top ten social networks in terms of traffic. Continue Reading →

google_apis

September 16, 2011
by icechen1
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Google launches Google plus API

Developers, do you want to create websites and utilities based around Google Plus? Now you can with the release of a limited version of the Google+ API. Google has released extensive APIs for many of its products, but Google+ was unfortunately left out until now.

Before this release, the most you can do to integrate Google+ with your web app is to add one of those +1 buttons. Now, the API enables you to do a whole lot more with your Google+ users.

Right now, the API is rather limited compared to other social network’s API. It has read-only access to the Google+ system, this means you can only retrieve elements such as profile information and activities. It’s not much, but it’s a good start for a limited (and beta) API. Facebook’s API, for comparison, allows for much more access and allows read and write access.

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googleplus URL

September 11, 2011
by icechen1
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List of Google+ profile URL shorteners


One major downside with Google’s handling of profiles is the horrendously long  and complicated URL that is assigned to you. Right now, the only “official” way to access your profile is through a long string of numbers like https://plus.google.com/106268503834064085453. It’s not pretty, and it’s extremely hard to remember unless you have magic memory. Unfortunately, Google+ currently offers no option to enable a shorter, custom URL like Facebook(http://facebook.com/username) and Twitter(http://twitter.com/username). Continue Reading →

followuser

September 2, 2011
by icechen1
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New! Follow popular Google+ users

 

Twitter users may have found it difficult to follow celebrities and other popular figures on Google+ due to it’s lack of suggested people to follow. When you sign up for Twitter, you will be greeted with a huge list of celebrities to follow, making it very easy to find and to connect with various stars.

Now, something very similar is being implemented to Google+, according to a tweet by Google’s Vice President of product:

We’re about to pilot a ‘suggested user’-like mechanism on Google+. If you’ve got more than 100k followers on Twitter, DM me – lets talk! Continue Reading →