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Google+ Collections Growth

4 months ago, +Google+ introduced Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic (
With Collections we are able to follow a specific topic without having to follow the person posting in this collection. 
It is also possible to unsubscribe from a Collection, for example when you want to follow someone, but are not interested in a specific topic of the person.
This means that we can focus more on our interests here on Google+.

Many of us have seen a different(=higher) growth of the followers of a collection than the growth of the profile.
This is because Google+ is featuring many collections.

Now you can compare on CircleCount the growth of the collection with the growth of the profile with just one click.
Open your profile (this doesn't count as a click, since you are doing that already everyday, right? ;) ) and click on on of your collections. That's it!

In this post you will find screenshot of some examples, featured Collections managed by +helen sotiriadis, +Wade Harman, +Diego Alejandro Torres Ruiz, +Javier Miguel, +Linux Noveles, +Jean-Loup Rebours-Smith and +CircleCount (wait, that's me ;) )

Check out your Collections here ( and share the link to your collections together with this post ;)

Thanks also to +Christine DeGraff

#circlecountupdate   #collections   #statistics  
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Google+ Collections Ranking

Google+ is showing us that collections and communities will be more important in the future.
We are listening ;) so here is an update on CircleCount!

We have created a new ranking for collections:

The main point here is, that we are not showing the collections with the most followers but the collection with the most followers compared to the followers of the owner.
You will get to see the collections with the highest ratio. The idea was to have an easy-to-understand metric that has more value than the plain follower number.
And you are also able to search for specific collections using any keyword you want and get the results sorted by this ratio.

Try it out and tell us if you have found an interesting collection by using this ranking.

btw: If you have susbscribed our newsletter ( you may have seen this ranking already :)

#circlecountupdate #collections #ranking
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+Istanbul 3D Photography I can see your comment (flagged as spam) but I don't see a way to get it back (to non-spam). Next feedback to send to Google+ ;)

+Brian Fields we didn't add the CollectionsRank yet, because this would mean we are totally convinced that this metric is a good one ;)
Maybe in the future, with a better metric.

+Danica Macanga you can open your profile. You should see there all of your collections.
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CircleCount Chrome Extension Update
v2.6: The New Google+ Fixes + The Circle Streams

► (new) direct links to your Circle Streams.
► (fix, new Google+) sort communities alphabetically.
► (fix, new Google+) sort collections alphabetically.
► (fix, new Google+) sort comments by number of +1's.
► (fix, new Google+) highlight comments.
► (fix, new Google+) follower history on posts pages.
► (fix, new Google+) remove +1-suggested posts.

The New Google+ is available and most of our features need a fix.
But we can't just update the extension to a version 2.6 without adding something new ;)
As you can see in the screenshot, in the popup when you click the icon of the extension you will find direct links to your circle streams. Something that has removed by Google+ in the new UI by default and can only be enabled again for the first 6 circles. With CircleCount you will get access to all of your circles :)

Check it out and let us know if you see anything that is not working as it should.
btw: there is a donation button on the settings page ;)

Some links:
► Install the extension:
► Force the update: open chrome://extensions/, enable "Developer mode", click on "Update extensions"
► Check the options and/or donate: chrome-extension://gfehmiknpngmjkhiieampgfppicbncid/options.html
► Rate/review the extension:
► Share this post: you know which icon to use ;)

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Great job, as always, +CircleCount, and I imagine it's right now a game of whack-a-mole. I do have one possible issue concerning the way your updated Chrome extension works under the old G+:

Whenever I open the notifications drop-down, using the bell icon, and click on one of the items in its list, a new window opens in which the top portion of the corresponding post is cut off. I suspected that this was an extension conflict, but never suspected CircleCount. However, I turned off all my extensions and restored them one by one -- and this glitch occurs only when CircleCount is enabled.

If you can at least check into this, I'd love it, because yours remains one of my favorite and most-used Chrome tools. I also realize I may be the only person experiencing this, in which case I'd look for some deeper problem -- like maybe it's Chrome that's corrupted on my machine and is messing with your software. The fact that I haven't heard of this behavior before leaves that prospect open. (I'm running Windows 8.1 on an Asus laptop.)
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The New Google+ Shortcuts

In the New Google+ you can still navigate with your keyboard through the stream. The shortcuts are almost the same as before, but now there is a "full post view" that you can enter with enter.

The most important shortcuts for me:
- shift+? to get the popup with the shortcuts
- j/k to navigate through the posts
- + to add a +1 to the active post (woohoo!)
- enter to open the full view of a post within the stream
- n/p to navigate through the comments in the full post view

Are you using shortcuts on Google+?
What are your favorite shortcuts?

+Dustin W. Stout thanks for the great title in the screenshot ;)
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Thanks a lot +Ana Hoffman!
And thank you +Dustin W. Stout too, for jumping in here. I should have mentioned the shift+? in the post.
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So, here it is:
The New Google+

Please give us a note if you see anything strange on CircleCount. We are tracking our scrapper hourly, because we have to fix the scripts with every re-design. But every hint is welcome, since Google+ is not communication a roll-out date/time.

via: +Moritz Tolxdorff 
Dive into the new Google+

As +Eddie Kessler shared this afternoon, we’ve spent lots of time talking to people who are passionate about Google+. We visited them in their homes, we invited them into early testing communities and we learned more about how and why they use Google+. The predominant answer? Having a great place to keep up with and talk about their interests. From Astrophotography ( to Wild Hummingbirds (, people are not only discovering amazing things, but meeting others who share their passions as well.

Today we’re taking a big step toward making Google+ an even better place for your interests. To do so, we’ve drastically simplified nearly every aspect of the product. You’ll see this clearly in our new navigation centered around Collections and Communities. Collections let you immerse yourself in content about topics like surfing ( or tiny tilt-shift photography scenes ( . Communities enable groups of people with the same interets to join up and geek out on anything from Game of Thrones ( to Painting ( With Collections and Communities, discovering amazing things is simple: just follow or join whatever happens to pique your interests.

But we didn’t stop with Collections and Communities; the new Google+ also makes it easier to post, search, connect, and keep up with great content in a fully redesigned home stream. And we’ve worked hard to make our new web experience load fast and work beautifully on devices of all sizes.

You can preview the new Google+ on the web today by signing in and clicking “Let’s go” when you see the prompt. (And since not every feature of Google+ has made its way into this new design, for now, you can toggle back to the classic Google+ with one click in the bottom left-hand corner.) In the coming days, we’ll roll out updated apps for Android and iOS.

While this is an exciting new beginning for us, we’re definitely not done yet. We got here by listening and learning, and will continue doing so. Please visit our Help Center ( or drop us a line in our support community ( to share your thoughts, questions, and more. 
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I am happy with your words and the effort you have put in.thanksDave
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Nous sommes unis!
Wir stehen an Eurer Seite!
We stick together!
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+CircleCount Thank you! We stand with Paris...and Romania
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#CirclesCounted: 48

This is btw the number of days our server on is running every month. At least if you ask the server ;)

via: a friend in a non-public forum
Unfortunately not that easy to google-find the source.

Have a great weekend!
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I can't stop watching it...should I worry?? ;-))
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Changes for Google+ Local Pages

Here is an official Google statement by +Mamta Bisht, found and shared by +Linda Buquet. Thanks Linda!

The following features are no longer supported for Local pages - Reviews, categories, directions, stars, photo uploads, interior photos, maps, hours, opentable/apps integration.

You won’t see advanced page management features in the new Google+, including adding and removing managers and viewing analytics just yet.
Means that we will get back the Insights. That's good: stats still matter! ;)

Probably interesting only for a few of our followers, right?
Are you managing a Google+ Local Page?
Official Google Statement on ALL the Google Local Changes after Google+ Update - Mamta B from Google announced that the following features are no longer supported for Local pages on the new Google+ - Reviews, categories, directions, stars, photo uploads, interior photos, maps, hours, opentable/apps integration. She explains the reasoning behind the changes and a whole lot more below.

I so wish they could have announced all this up front. It would have saved so much user confusion and frustration. But I appreciate them being transparent and letting us know now, so we have something official to point confused GMB owners and managers to.

Lot's more inside and a lively discussion to follow I'm sure...

#googlemybusiness #gmb #googlelocal #localseo #seo  
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Huge mistake to not include directions. 
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#CirclesCounted: 5
plus 10 dots

Check out the explanation of this animation (it's not just drawing a nice picture) by +Corina Marinescu in her post.

In the new Google+ you will find the text of her post under the animation. Just in case you are searching for the text ;)

Have a great Sunday!
The (Almost) Venus-Earth Pentagram
8 Earth years are roughly equal to 13 Venus years, meaning the two planets approximately trace out this pattern with 5-fold symmetry as they orbit the Sun.


Animation credit: matthen

#processing   #animation   #math  
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#CirclesCounted: 1,804
yep, I've counted them ;)

+Jacob Dix has used a very interesting way to create this animation. From his comment in the original post:
The shoal spots come from Trimaginator of another image. I simply made two versions, superimposed them on top of each other in PS Touch and saved numerous versions as I overlapped them in different positions. I saved each of these. On one frame you can see on the left hand side where the one layer didn't overlap the other.

Then I put them all together in Photo Editor's gif making tool.

Well done Jacob!
Psycho Deli

Something to capture the eye as I wander off to bed.

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Photo || Samsung Galaxy S5
Processing || Snapseed, Imagica+, Trimaginator, PS Touch, Photo Editor
Tags || #Mobilography #Glitch #GlitchArt #Gif
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Psycho Deli... did someone mention food ?? 
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The New Google+ ▷ The New CircleCount Chrome Extension

With the new Google+ the most parts of our Chrome Extension will stop working.

What should we start with? Which feature of our Chrome Extension is your favorite one and should be directly available in the New Google+?

Features that are not needed/possible anymore:

- additional information on the hovercard, because there is no hovercard anymore

- Hiding the "Photo Link" on photos when you are hovering a photo, because this isn't shown anymore by default

If you don't know that there is a Chrome Extension by CircleCount:

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+CircleCount yeh. Thanks for your impressions.. 😊✋
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Suggested Users Lists without Photography

Like +Heidi Anne Morris is showing in her post, it looks like there is no Photography category anymore in the Suggested Users List (=SUL).
Photography is still shown in the German SUL, but not in the US or GB SUL:

Two of the most followed photographers on Google+ +Trey Ratcliff and +Thomas Hawk are now listed under "Fun and Interesting" (for me +Thomas Hawk isn't even listed there).
Check out their follower charts on CircleCount: I'm pretty sure in a few days the change will be more visible.

+Jeff Sullivan is describing in the original post in the comments the problems a photographer has in the moment on Google+ (after Google Photos was separated).
Hopefully the missing category is just a bug.
Photography is certainly not as prominent on +Google+ as it was when we first arrived back in 2011 - now new users are not even given photography as a topic of interest - we've been filed under "fun and interesting" .... Thomas Hawk and Trey Ratcliff are listed there
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The second line mentions photographers and celebrities ... but they don't show them ... looks amateurish ... somehow.
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Helps you better understand G+
At you will find a lot of statistics about your profile on Google+ but also about other Google+ Profiles, Pages and Communities.

We have also several rankings and you can find the most-followed, the most popular or the most following persons, pages and communities. And each ranking can be shown country-specific!


Good tips in our posts:

Check out also the Cream of the Crop with daily new suggested profiles or your personal Dashboard at

Any feedback is welcome!

You can reach a few of us directly on Google+:
+Nils Tschampel (Marketing Manager)
+Rick Lutz (Design)
+Chris Macidis (Developer)
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