We decided to kick things off with a bang, so we've invited not One, not Two, but THREE Google+ experts (plus host +Thomas Morffew) to give their opinion on all things Google+ and answer YOUR questions LIVE. (submit your questions in the comments on this post)
UPDATE March 2013: this article is now out of date as the Google+ Profile Page has been updated again.
1) Photo Changes
Google have introduced a Cover Photo to Google+ Profiles. (It's got a minimum size of 940x180) You also have the option of keeping the old style five scrapbook images.
The Profile picture is also bigger (250x250) which means you need to up the quality of those blurry profile pics you reused from Twitter last year.
2) New Hovercard
Previously the "Hovercard" (the pop up image when you mouse over someone's name on G+) was made up of just your Profile Picture and one line of text that was determined by an often confusing process.
Now it's simple. You have your profile picture, cover photo and up to three editable boxes (Work, Study, Place)
Ticking the "Current" box for Work and Study and making them Public ensures they show up. Also recommend that you place some "About" info after the Employer name.
Today, a new version of the Google+ Android app is rolling out with a few exciting new features, including one of our top user requests: richer snippets of the stuff you share from web pages and other apps.
Now when you share a link from the web on your Android device, it will appear as a detailed, high quality blurb on your post. Check it out in the album below!
Other features to enjoy:
- Hashtag support in the Stream - More bug fixes and performance improvements
Website DutchCowboys has spotted a presentation showing Google+ Pages integrated with Google Analytics. It's what everyone who manages Google+ Pages has been waiting for and is very exciting news.
The presentation shows that Audi is already trialing the new feature, so fingers crossed that it will be rolled out to the rest of us very soon. We'll obviously let you know as soon as we hear anything.
Since Google+ started, the "You Might Like" box over on the right-hand side has been routinely ignored by many users, mainly because it would constantly show People that you had (a) uncircled (b) refused to circle, or (c) celebrities. That has now all changed as Google has started showing recommended Pages.
I logged on this morning and was immediately shown a ton of Pages that were (a) relevant and (b) interesting. As a result I've been circling new Pages all day.
Great to see that Google has finally got this sorted out and made the "You Might Like" box a genuine tool for discovery.