Google+ gets even more visual. Check out the updated features!

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Google+ popped out a new update today and I love it!

Bold text from from Sara McKinley at Google [screen shots added by me]

“We spend lots of time listening to your feedback, and today we’re launching some profile and page updates that you’ve been asking for. These include:

- A new tab for your Local reviews. In addition to your photos, +1’s and YouTube videos, there’s now a place for all your Local reviews. Highlight your favorite restaurants, or hide the tab completely via settings — it’s completely up to you.

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- An easier way to edit your info. The ‘About’ tab now consists of separate cards (like Story, Places, and Links) — each with its own prominent edit link. As always: you can share specific fields with specific circles, or keep them just for you.

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- Bigger cover photos, with a better aspect ratio. Cover photos are much larger than before (up to 2120px by 1192px), and they display in 16×9 when fully expanded. This way more images can be used as cover photos, and there’s more room for your selection to shine.

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I love what they’ve done with the profile avatar and adding a new top banner for profiles. They’ve cropped the avatars to a circle. This is what you see at the top in a fixed positive when you are looking at someone’s Google+ personal wall. The avatar resizes to a smaller version.

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They’ve also added a wonderful hover card for the people that have circled you or that you’ve circled that’s visible from your profile. Make sure that you check your own hover card to see what data is showing, it might need some tweaking to get just the right text in preview.

Everything’s rolling out gradually, so check back soon if you don’t see it yet. Once it’s live (at plus.google.com/me).

Wow, Google+. Color me really excited! What do you think of the new features?

 Featured image courtesy of  kowitz via Creative Commons.

Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

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Peg

Writer & Social media strategist
Co-author of The Art and Science of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaki. Social media is my passion. And my job. I'm here sharing my professional experience working day to day in the trenches of social media, marketing, and blogging. I work with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. I've spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. I work with the best brands and make them even better! I'll share tips and tricks, provide positive inspiration and answer social media questions through the content that I create and curate. What sets me apart? I'm an innovative idea girl that follows through and gets the job done. Social media is my career, not just a hobby.
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Comments

  1. says

    Anything that’s bigger and more visual, I like. However I have a couple of concerns:
     
    1) It does eat up a lot of prime real estate at the top of the screen now, so any content below is diminished or more hidden.
     
    2) More opportunity for more visual means if it’s not handled well, there will now be more ugly visuals too. So things could get a little “noisy” unless they are treated with care.

  2. says

    Ha, this means I need to go over and play. Yay! I love how Google is embracing the display capabilities of different devices. It is still the only network that is visual stunning no matter how you access it.

  3. says

    Sometimes I feel guilty – I very much leverage the reviews that folks put on Yelp, Amazon, Best Buy, Good Reads, and TripAdvisor…but I never take the time to do the reviews myself. Glad to see Google+ making it easier to put in a quick review.

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