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A completely new Android App!

Any Android users out there? ;)
G+ Android app update

Hey folks, over the next several days, we'll be enabling a brand new version of the G+ Android app. Though it very closely resembles the current app, this new version is the culmination of a complete rewrite of many core features using Google's latest Android app infrastructure which will allow our Android team to build new features on a modern tech stack.

During the rewrite, we were able to build in some subtle updates. For instance, stream rendering and scrolling have been improved, the photo lightbox has been redesigned, comment options slide up from a bottom sheet, and grey-spammed comments are now viewable by post authors.

Since this is a rewrite, there are a few known issues that we're working through. For instance, leaving a comment on a post causes a full refresh of the post to include your comment. Take it for a spin if you get the chance, and we hope you don't mind the dust.
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iOS App Update

Any iOS user here? ;)
iOS updates: community bulk moderation, G+ Today widget

There were a couple of new features in the latest iOS app that was updated in the App Store earlier this week.

First (screenshot 1), we added the ability for community moderators to bulk select posts for moderation. This is similar to the previous announcement about this feature: plus.google.com/+LeoDeegan/posts/JxwAR8tv21z

Second (screenshot 2), we added a G+ widget to the Today View to display the latest posts from your home stream.

Some other recent features we've put into the G+ iOS app include:
• Community owners and moderators can pin a post to the top of their community
• Search for posts in communities
• A "Remove Post" option for community owner and moderators
• Setting to configure whether GIFs auto-play in stream
• Support for iPhone X
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The Google+ Year 2017

Thanks for the wrap-up +Leanne Osborne and thanks for sharing +Paolo Amoroso!
2017 in Perspective

Happy New Year, Google+! It’s been quite the year since New Google+ began its maiden voyage. Time for a “blast to the past” with an overview of what happened in 2017!

We started off the year and officially turned down Classic Google+, and New Google+ became the only platform we supported. This big step was only the beginning in fully committing to developing dedicated Google+ features.

We also joined GSuite, and announced at Google Cloud Next that we were increasing our focus on developing an enterprise version of Google+ for GSuite customers. So we started working on this exciting endeavor alongside consumer Google+!

We also introduced Discover, a new feature that helps you learn about different topics and cater them towards your specific interests. A lot of this year was also spent on quality of life improvements, particularly features focusing on profiles, communities, search improvements, and tools to help you fight spam.

Speaking of features, here are the features we released to you last year:
• Responsive design
• ‘Your Influence’ profile metrics
• Chronological hashtags
• Notifications improvements (unbundling +1 notifications, fixing actor-action mismatches, ‘Load More’ button on the One Google Bar, improved email notifications)
• 360° Photos
• Member Activity View in communities
• Discover and Topics streams
• Improved Google+ Search
• Additional community stream sorting
• Comment preview box
• Bulk Ask-to-Join moderation for communities
• Enhanced the photos lightbox by including the social sidebar
• ‘Remove, Report, & Ban’ for communities
• New profile cards for the Web client
• ‘Open in a New Tab’ & hovercards for the Notifications page
• Communities Insights metrics
• Google+ Search operators
• Bulk moderation of posts for communities
• ‘Delete, Report, & Block’ comments in your profile posts

Overall, we had quite an eventful year, with more feature developments to come in 2018!

Interested in Testing Google+ Features?
If you’re a user who’s as passionate about Google+ as we are, apply to become a beta tester for our product. We're looking for people who want to test out new features, and discuss them with both our product team and fellow beta testers. Our goal is to make Google+ the place to share your interests. Want to know what it takes?

Here’s what we’re looking for:
• Active poster on Google+
• Motivated to learn more about Google+ and contribute to product discussion
• Eagerness to provide high level feedback on our product

If you’re interested in applying, fill out the application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1RQl1bWCtk8iKgnjhkAjenK2nNcHFegC7RfdK5yYpIm-frg/viewform

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Cheers to a productive 2017, and looking forward to what 2018 has to bring!
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Your Google+ Year 2017

Check out your Google+ numbers for 2017 on www.circlecount.com/myyear2017/ like +Günther Zettl did in this post.

Günther has also linked his numbers from 2016.
Great to see an increase in the numbers for almost the same numbers of posts.
Means that Google+ is up and running ;)

Happy New Year
My year in Google+, calculated by +CircleCount
If you want to compare the numbers with 2016, you can find the 2016 statistics here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+G%C3%BCntherZettl/posts/htPx6cDVsJa
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Here is the next Google+ Update.
It feels more and more like Christmas is coming :)
Bulk moderation of community posts

Just in case you were in the mood for yet another update this week, over the next several days we'll be rolling out a feature for communities that allows moderators to bulk select posts for moderation in the Likely Spam and Held for Review queues.

Moderators can initiate the feature by clicking on Select Posts in the upper left of the queue. This will enable a multiple-select checkbox interface with an accompanying Select All option to apply ban/approve/reject moderation actions in bulk.
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The next update: delete, report, and block comments

We are getting used to see Google+ Update, so please keep them coming +Leo Deegan ;)
Delete, report, block

Hello folks, a third update this week. By popular demand, we'll be rolling out a feature over the next few days that will allow you to perform a delete, report, and block action on comments on your posts.

This is similar to the remove, report, and ban action we launched a while ago for community moderators:
https://plus.google.com/+LeoDeegan/posts/3NGFAhREovQ
https://plus.google.com/+LeoDeegan/posts/WjcFN66eRgg

The launch today, however, is to provide you an equivalent action on your own posts.

To invoke this feature, select "Delete, report, and block" from a comment. You can optionally select "Also delete recent comments by this user" if you want to additionally remove recent comments from the user on your posts.

Incidentally, this image is for illustrative purposes. I am not actually planning on blocking +Greg Wolfe, who is a valuable member of our team (and also the lead for this feature).
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Community Insights

The next Google+ update is there. It feels like it's already Christmas ;)
Community Insights dashboard

Hello folks, over the next several days, we'll be rolling out a new dashboard for community moderators that provides informative metrics for their communities.

Moderators will notice a new community "Manage" button (previously "Moderate"). The Insights dashboard appears as the first tab and includes helpful membership and engagement metrics.

You can read more from our G Suite blog post here, which also describes a community report for G Suite admins:
https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2017/12/new-google-community-metrics-for-g.html

And you can refer to the Help Center article here:
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/6320413
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Google+ Search is getting finally useful

Great news!
Advanced search operators

Over the next few days, we'll be rolling out advanced search operators to the Google+ search box to assist you in refining your Google+ search queries. For example, I typed from:"Ina Gat" has:photo commenter:me into the search box and rediscovered this nice bokeh shot from +Ina Gat.

You can search for posts that have particular attachments (like has:poll), posts where you were mentioned (like mention:me), posts before or after a date (like before:2016-04-01), posts in communities or collections, and more! You can even use operators like AND, NOT, and OR.

Read the complete set of rules at: https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1669519

Enjoy!
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