September 27, 2011
by googleplusplanet

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:


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.
Plus traffic 26 septIt went from 54th place to the 8th spot in the Social Networking category in Hitwise’s ranking. Will it stay … Continue Reading →

September 11, 2011
by googleplusplanet

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 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( and Twitter(

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The good thing is, there are quite a few unofficial profile URL shortening services around that can temporarily solve the problem, at least until Google … Continue Reading →

September 2, 2011
by googleplusplanet

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

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August 18, 2011
by googleplusplanet

Facebook blocking G+ invite links?

An interesting video popped up on Facebook, it seems that the social networking giant Facebook is blocking Google Plus invite links from friend’s feeds. We haven’t verified this for ourselves yet and we do not know if it’s true or just an uncanny coincidence.


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July 26, 2011
by googleplusplanet

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:

  • dropdown-google-plus-ultimateA notification counter is displayed in your Chrome toolbar; clicking it will reveal the notifications just like on Google’s top bar.
  • The navigation
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July 20, 2011
by googleplusplanet

Free Google+ Invites giveaway

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Wanting to get on Google+, but can’t sign up because of you lack an invite? Worry no more, Google+ Planet can provide you an invitation to get you run and running on this new social network?

How to get one

It’s easy! Simply comment on this post using your e-mail or e-mail me at icechen1 [at], and I will send you an invite as soon as possible. Your e-mail address will only be used in order to send you the invite you need, nothing malicious or spam.

We would appreciate it if you could … Continue Reading →

July 18, 2011
by googleplusplanet

Can Google+ overtake Twitter?

Twitter versus Google plusFacebook is often used as the main competitor to Google’s social network offering, Google+, but Twitter is often left out of the equation. However, once Google plus reaches public beta, it may prove to be more than a worthy alternative. Both services offer similar features such as the ability to “follow” other users,  instantly receive updates from them and the ability to mention other users. Will Google+ one day take over market-share from Twitter? Not a doubt, and it’s only a matter of time.

Some of Twitter’s shortcomings

For new users and even frequent users, … Continue Reading →