This may be surprising if you think the revamped Google+ was done as a reaction to dropping usage.
I’ve been noticing my G+ being busier and represented by many who didn’t have English as a first language.
One reason for that is the popularity of Collections, Google’s Pinterest-like attempt to have everyone organize their posts by interest.
Despite having stripped back some of its core features recently, 1 in 4 Internet users still use the service each month (rising higher in some fast-growth markets).
In a social networking world dominated by Facebook, it’s worth noting that the typical internet user is now active on around 2.8 different networks. And for a decent percentage of online adults, Google+ is one of those networks.
Among the many features dropped in the new Google+ is the Profile Page.
It’s been replaced with the new “Google About me” which allows you to change what information other users of Google services (aka “the world”) can see about you, including personal info like your birth date or phone number, for example.
This is the information will see about you wherever they are any Google property so be sure to check it and update your info and privacy options.
“Information in About Me is information that people provided to Google directly. People can control what information is here, and, on the About Me page they can control what others see about them across Google Services.”
From the guy who broke the news of the new Google+, Luke Wroblewski comes news that Google is listening and making some changes as well as returning a few of the features that many advanced users have been clamoring for.
Today we’re launching a number of updates to our Web preview including:
– Adding a 3 column stream view for very wide screens
– Adding the ability to reply to comments in context
– Removing the limit on circle streams in the menu (previously 6)
– Adding the option to view ‘Posts from Circle’ from the Following screen
I wasn’t bothered by the 2 column layout but very happy that the reply to comments in context is back.
Given these are the first in a long list of requests, I’m going to assume any changes or rollbacks will centre on the stream and won’t include “events” or “hangouts” being integrated into the stream.
Google Drops Display Of Local Business Reviews in New Google+
This is a cautionary tale from lawyer/writer Kerry Gorgone, a regular contributor to the Businesses Grow Blog.
As Kerry points out in this post, hitting the “delete” button doesn’t mean your content disappears.
“Many people don’t realize the extent to which social posts, search history on Google, Facebook and Twitter, your tweets, and just about everything else you do online is preserved—and discoverable as evidence in the event of a criminal case or civil lawsuit.”
She gives us four ways to protect our privacy legally. (I did say she is a lawyer, right?)
Michael Poznev has rounded up an impressive list of SEO experts for this article including a couple of my favourite go-to guys, Ramsay Taplin of Blog Tyrant and Neil Patel of Quicksprout, who you’ve seen included in this newsletter many times.
This is an extensive article that covers all you need to know about SEO but probably didn’t even know to ask.
Don’t Believe me?
Here’s just a few.
The secrets and tricks of TOP experts you’ll be learning
The great Google “social layer” continues to unravel as we can now create a new YouTube channel and disassociate an existing one from Google+. (You’ll want to read Peggy’s note about importance of keeping your Google+ profile.)
New YouTube channels use the name and profile photo from your Google About Me page (aboutme.google.com).
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