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Apps Users and Ripples on Google Plus

Lots of huge announcements from Google today:

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First up is the new Ripples Features that allows you see how a post spreads across Google Plus. Check out the video below for details.






Apps Users get Access


Finally Google lets the Apps users get a piece of the Google Plus action. Check out this blogpost for full details, but here's a snippet:

Google Apps fans, today we’re ready to add you to our circles. Google+ makes sharing on the web more like sharing in the real world, and now Google+ is available to people who useGoogle Apps at college, at work or at home.


Starting now you can manually turn on Google+ for your organization. Once Google+ is turned on, your users will just need to sign up at google.com/+ to get started. For customers who use Google Apps for Business or the free version of Google Apps and who have chosen to automatically enable new services, Google+ will automatically become available to all of your users over the next several days.


Google Apps users will have …

Featured Google Plus Blogger: Jonathan Schofield

There's a lot of people writing stuff about Google+. (see here for example).

Now and again though you come across a blogger who's doing more than just regurgitating the latest update from Google, or writing yet another article like "7 Reasons to Plus".

+Jonathan Schofield (Circle him) has been writing great Google+ articles on his blog urlyman.blogspot.com that range from in-depth discussions of Blogger and Reader integration with Google+  to great ideas on how to improve the look of URLs in Plus.

Definitely a blog to follow and someone new to circle on Google+.


(Updated) Official: Blogger and Google Plus Update

Well here's an update for you. Yesterday, we posted about possible Blogger and G+ integration.

Then, Blogger PM Chang Kim popped up on Google+ to give us the following info:

Hey folks I'm a PM on Blogger. We are very eager to continue bringing improvements to Blogger and got a little ahead of ourselves. We will have details to share very soon. Also let me clarify that this change will be completely optional when launched -you won't have to do ANYTHING if you don't like to use your Google+ profile on Blogger and want to keep blogging under your Blogger handle.


THEN the Official Blogger Blog came out with this:

Today we’re excited to announce the first way you will be able to leverage Google+ -- by making it possible to replace your Blogger profile with your Google+ profile. 

In addition to giving your readers a more robust and familiar sense of who you are, your social connections will see your posts in their Google search results with an annotation that you've shared…

Blogger to Connect to Google Plus

Something interesting just got turned up by the Google Operating System blog.




Specifically if you go to Edit your user profile on Blogger you can see this message that makes it pretty clear that Google+ and Blogger are on their way to be integrated sooner, rather than later. The links are broken at the moment, but we'll keep a close eye on them.
It's been mentioned before that integration was being considered, bu this is the first "solid evidence" that's turned up.

via GOS+lee grupsmith and +gerwin sturm (thanks)

Reader Will Get A Google Plus Makeover

Fans of Reader, Google's excellent RSS application, will be pleased to hear that Reader will be integrated into Google Plus.
On the official Google Reader Blog, Alan Green writes:
In the next week, we’ll be making some highly requested changes to Google Reader. First, we’re going to introduce a brand new design (like many of Google’s other products) that we hope you love. Second, we’re going to bring Reader and Google+ closer together, so you can share the best of your feeds with just the right circles.

As a result of these changes, we also think it's important to clean things up a bit. Many of Reader's social features will soon be available via Google+, so in a week's time we'll be retiring things like friending, following and shared link blogs inside of Reader.

We think the end result is better than what's available today, and you can sign up for Google+ right now to start prepping Reader-specific circles. We recognize, however, that some of you may feel like t…

Double Plus Good! Google Plus For Apps Users and Support For Pseudonyms On The Way.

Google VP Vic Gundotra pulled out a double whammy of Google Plus news today.

Firstly, Google Apps users will finally be able to join in the fun on Google+ with support for Apps accounts coming in "a few days".

This could also mean that business and brand pages are closer than was thought!

Another surprise announcement is that Google has apparently reconsidered it's Real Name policy and support for Pseudonyms is on the way as well....

Lots happening on Plus (as always)  and we'll add more as we hear it.

Via Mashable



Google launches ICS and Galaxy Nexus, Makes Google Plus A Major Feature

Today in  Hong Kong, Google and Samsung launched the latest and greatest Android smartphone the Galaxy Nexus, along with Ice Cream Sandwich, the new version (4.0) of Android.

If you head over to google.com/nexus you'll see all the features laid out for you and a couple of things jumped out at us.

1) Google+ is a feature.



 Google+ has been given pride of place among the features that show off the capabilities of Google and Samsung's new phone.

The screenshot is slightly different from the current version of the Google+ app.








2) Face Unlock

"Unlock your phone with a smile"

Going out on a limb here, but what are the bets that this could be tied into Google+ at some point?


Remember Google wants to make Plus an identity service. Hmm... 
















images from google.com/nexus

How to follow the Nexus and ICS launch on Google Plus

Today's the day for Android fans as everyone waits in anticipation of the Samsung and Google Android event in  Hong Kong, which will see the unveiling of Samsung's new phone (Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus) along with the launch of Google's new Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich. (ICS)

Predictably Google+ is going to be a great place to watch things unfold. Here's our tips for keeping track of everything:


+Art Russ (Android Police) is a must follow in our opinion. Android Police will also be doing a live blog on their own site.  


+Derek Ross is hosting an ICS/Nexus themed hangout, which will no doubt be informative and entertaining.


Don't forget Google+ search which will come into it's own today. Follow streams like #ICS, #GalaxyNexus and #android to get the latest news. (don't forget to hit "most recent").


There's already tons of stuff coming out like this and check out the picture below! 







(via talkandroid.com)



Xtra Hashtag Madness Invades Google Plus

Saw a trend today of several users adding extra characters to their g+ hashtags. (#x-googleplus instead of #googleplus for example.)

The reasoning for this is given here.

We're personally going to be sitting this trend out, but hey, good to see innovation going on.....


Google Sunsets Buzz.

Google announced today that they are shutting down Google Buzz.
In many ways Buzz laid the groundwork for Google+ with it's vibrant (if small) community and it's legacy will live on in the fantastic new community that Google is building right now on Plus.

Hashtags and Real-Time Search for Google Plus

Google VP Vic Gundotra announced yesterday that Google+ now has support for clickable hashtags and realtime search.
It's something many users have been asking for and will be very welcome. 
Check out Vic's video update below.

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Even More Zynga For Google Plus

Google+ has another game on it's roster today with the launch of Mafia Wars 2 the sequel to the gaming giant's popular Mafia Wars.


Whether you love, or hate them, there's no denying the juggernaut that Zynga has created. Go and check the latest at plus.google.com/games.

via Venturebeat



Featured Site - All My +

There's a lot of sites making great use of of the Google+ API, but here's one of the best.


Put together by +Gerwin Sturm, All My + is a fantastic, in-depth way to explore your Google+ stats, track your usage and generally indulge your Google+ obsession.

Head over to https://www.foldedsoft.at/+/allmy+/ and you'll see a sign-up page that asks you for your Google+Profile ID. Alternatively you can Login via Google.
Having signed in you'll be greeted by a page that looks something like this: 

















On this page you can see a wealth of information about your Google+ account including a location map, Charts of your usage and Popular posts (most comments, reshares, +1s, etc)
You can also see who you interact with. People who comment, +1s and reshare your posts are clearly displayed.
There's a lot more we could go into, but we encourage you to go and explore for yourself!
Have fun.
:)



Top 25 Chrome Extensions and Apps For Google Plus

+Gabriel Vasile has put together a great list of the top 25 most popular Chrome extensions and apps for Google Plus


1. Extended Share(75,616 users) - http://goo.gl/mijZv
Extends Google+ to share to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and many more.

2. +Photo Zoom(60,487 users) - http://goo.gl/rHIEP
Easily zoom photos and profile pics from your Google Plus Stream.

3. Facebook Friend Exporter(51,651 users) - http://goo.gl/MFNy3
Get your data contact out of Facebook to Google Contacts or CSV, whether they want you to or not.

4. Scroll To Top Button(41,868 users) - http://goo.gl/1KFqm
Adds a scroll to top or bottom button.

5. Replies and more for G+(39,957 users) - http://goo.gl/Zv8WJ
Adds reply and reply-to-author buttons to Google+ comments and a number of other enhancements.

6. Surplus(37,774 users) - http://goo.gl/vRlPE
Google Plus Integration for Chrome

7. G+me(35,532 users) - http://goo.gl/JgR2Z
Collapses the Google+ stream while keeping live updates: collapses posts, hides comments, etc.

8. Google Trans…

Google Plus As Your Blog

This is a great use of the Google+ API by +Daniel Treadwell.

Essentially it takes your public Google+ posts and turns them into a very readable blog format.




As Daniel says:


You can see what your own blog would look like by putting your profile ID in the URL.

http://www.minimali.se/Profile ID/ (eg. http://www.minimali.se/103697821787469756035

Please note that because API calls a limited at the moment, once they are used up for the day new profiles will not be created.



Check out his original post here

Google Plus Remembers Steve Jobs

A lot of Steve Jobs tributes on Google Plus this morning.


+Larry Page

I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family.


+Sergey Brin

From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

On behalf of al…

More Google Plus APIs For You!

Google have released more Google+ APIs for Developers to play with, including the Search API, which will no doubt see plenty of action.




Check the full blog post here for details.