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Brody Dorland
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Digital Marketing Strategist, Data Geek & Co-Founder of DivvyHQ.com
Digital Marketing Strategist, Data Geek & Co-Founder of DivvyHQ.com

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4th of July fun with fowl...
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New post that digs into "trigger events", an often overlooked component of buyer profiling. 

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Great season Stingers!
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Nice breakdown Destry!
New Google+ Design

By now you've been presented with the new G+ design/layout/function. I won't speak about the personal profile side of it (i.e., outside of communities), but I thought it might be good to point out how it influences the communities experience, and specifically from the desktop UI perspective.

I mostly like it, but it could be better and probably will be once Google gets more feedback about it. Here's what's better, IMO:

1) An improved responsive (kind of) design that allows you to control having multiple columns or a (fixed) single column. [Find options via your Home view at bottom of the More... drop-down menu. The "More..." link is at far right of the top, white nav bar.]

2) The community logo/branding box is a little cleaner. Though it's still too tall, IMO.

3) The community's About and Links are now top right (in multi-column mode) where it's easy to see them, instead of at bottom of the far left column. This is probably the most important improvement for communities.

4) The 'new post' editing box is considerably better, and the way it widens-out when you start drafting even more so. I rather like the Hasbro-looking buttons too. Usability!

5) The categories menu looks more like a secondary menu now, as it should. [There's a problem with our default category's letter glyphs showing up in the "To" field of a new post...that's not good. Might have to use default typeface now for that. Fixed.]

6) Member headshot thumbnails are now moved to bottom of categories. Even better, more faces are shown, as well they seem to have been randomized. Nope. Actually what they've done is put moderators first, but after that the faces are still alphabetical by user account.

7) Community search field is slightly more prominent, directly under the community logo box. Slightly more prominent.

8) Events are also more prominent now, just under the new About box location. [I also notice they are more prominent in the personal profile context too, which is really nice.]

9) The multi-column layout for posts provides quicker access to more posts. Posts seem to reposition between columns, but I'm not sure yet what dictates their position, it's certainly not date of post.

10) For moderators, the "Edit community" function was moved into the settings icon dropdown, which made perfect sense to me.

11) When you edit a post, the post editor goes into "lightbox" mode, giving you total focus on the task.

Hopefully this will help you see and get used to the changes.

What's not so great, IMO:

1) Again, logo/brand box is too tall. I'll be adjusting the logo's position to sit more in the middle area.

2) Don't like how links in posts are bold-black until you hover over them. There was no need to change that. Continuous blue links worked fine.

3) The post-edit box in "lightbox" mode isn't very tall, and the scrolling is touchy. I use the track pad to scroll and it easily moves the editing box out of view. They need to keep the editing box fixed while the background scrolls, and make the editing box a little taller.

Would like to hear what other people think. I know where the Google listeners hang out, so feedback on making it better is good. ;)

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Big thanks to +Tanya Smith for putting this video together!

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Great little tip from +Jayme Thomason!

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