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Events in New Google+ Web
By popular demand, we're rolling out Events on the new Google+ Web experience today. This is the existing Events experience from Google+ Classic, now available in the new Google+ Web app.

As always, please send us your ideas/issues using our Send Feedback menu item as that's the best way to ensure we'll see them. Thanks~ 
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Google+ Insights Launch
Today we're rolling out a quick dashboard view on the new Google+ Web experience where you can track your follows, post views, comments, +1s, influence, and more. Daniel's post has details: https://plus.google.com/+DanielRaynaudGoog/posts/BkzApu6LxqP

One note: data can take up to 48 hours to update & we know it needs to be faster than that. For other ideas/issues, please use our Send Feedback menu item as that's the best way to ensure we'll see them. Thanks~
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G+ iOS Update 6.3.0
In our first iOS app update in 2017, we launched a faster and easier way to share YouTube videos on Google+. Browse popular videos, videos you've liked, search Youtube, and preview videos inline before you post. +Michael Wattendorf has the details in his post: https://plus.google.com/116350759931517885053/posts/Afdj3ntMZvB
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Thanks for Your Help
Technically this isn't an update but I wanted to pause and thank all of you here for your time and effort in helping us continue to tune, improve, and update Google+. Your help and support are not only having an impact on the Google+ product and its features, but also on the external perception of Google+ as well. As an example, take a look at Mashable's article today about the new G+: http://mashable.com/2017/01/18/who-is-using-google-plus-anyway.amp

The recognition of our efforts of the past 14 months means a lot to me and our entire team. So thanks again and here's to more in 2017!

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Screen Layout Improvements
From the start, our new Google+ Web experience was built as a Responsive Web Design (RWD), meaning it adapts to the amount of screen space available within a Web browser by re-sizing images, changing layouts, and more. Recently we had the pleasure of working with Ethan Marcotte (https://ethanmarcotte.com), the originator of RWD, on a number of substantial improvements to how we adapt to different screen sizes on the Google+ Web experience. Starting today, we:

* Display more posts on smaller screens
* Switch to a 3 column display sooner
* Use new header designs on Communities, Collections and Profiles
* Resize posts more effectively
* And more...

To experience these all changes, simply try out the Google+ Web experience on different phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, or just different Web browser window sizes.

And as always, please send us your ideas/issues using our Send Feedback menu item as that's the best way to ensure we'll see them. Thanks~ 
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Hiding Low-Quality Comments
Today we announced a new feature for Google+ Android, iOS, and Web: hiding low-quality comments on posts so its easier to have good conversations on G+. By default, this helps you focus on comments that matter most. But if you’d like to see all the comments on a post, you can simply tap on “View more comments.”

As always, please send us your ideas/issues using our Send Feedback menu item as that's the best way to ensure we'll see them. Thanks~ 
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Zoom & Pan Images on G+ Web
As part of today's announcements, we're rolling out the ability to zoom and pan images in the Google+ Web experience. Use your cursor or keyboard to adjust the zoom level of images and move them around in the image viewer.

As always, please send us your ideas/issues using our Send Feedback menu item as that's the best way to ensure we'll see them. Thanks~ 
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Over a Year of New Web Features
With today's announcement (https://blog.google/products/google-plus/making-googleplus-work-better-for-you/) of our upcoming transition to the new Google+ Web experience, I thought it would be useful to share all the feature additions, fixes, and updates we’ve made thanks to your feedback over the past fourteen months:

Home Stream
* Ability to reply to comments in the stream
* +1 comments with one click
* Turn animated comments (as seen on all streams) on/off
* Extra fast Web page loading with AMP
* New presentation for original comments on re-shared posts
* Real-time indicator of when there's new posts
* Auto-play of animated GIFs (with setting to turn on/off)
* 3 column stream view for very wide screens
* Quick action to view full post pages
* Hover over user images for more info about people
* "What You Missed" posts in your Home stream
* Full timestamp on post pages
* View poll results from the post menu
* No limits on circle streams in menu
* Volume control for Recommended & Trending posts
* Recommended & Trending ranking improvements
* Recommended Community & Collections improvements
* Ability to scroll Community & Collections recommendations

Posts
* Drag & drop images to make new posts & comments
* Ability to create polls
* Ability to crop photos in polls
* Upload multiple images at once to a post
* Ability to re-order multiple images using drag & drop
* Warning to ensure you don't lose new posts
* View map for images with location
* Multiple improvements to +mentions

Communities
* New "Hold Posts for Review" setting
* Search for members in a Community
* Search for posts within a Community
* New simpler invite to Community feature
* Visible about information for Communities
* Links to categories on Community pages
* New Community content controls
* Community owner & moderator badges on comments
* Possible for owners to delete communities
* Possible for owners & moderators to leave communities
* View most recently visited Communities
* Create new posts inside Communities

Collections
* Easily move any of your posts into a Collection
* Improved Collection sharing
* Ability to create a Collection when making a post
* When following a Collection, see related Collections
* Related Collections on post pages
* Follower counts visible on your Collections

Notifications
* Ability to get Google+ notifications in Chrome browser
* Mark all notifications as read
* Mark individual notifications as read
* Updated notifications in the header
* New full-screen notifications page
* Filter notifications by All, Unread, & Other Updates
* Thumbnails & icons to help scan notifications
* The new Google+ Activity Log
* Pinned posts on Collections, Communities, and Profiles

Profiles
* Easier access to profile information
* Full "About" information on profiles
* Edit your introduction in About Me
* See large profile images in a gallery view
* New Following screen design
* View 'Posts from Circle' from the Following screen

Search
* Personalized search autocomplete suggestions
* Improved people search results
* Improved Community search results
* More topical results for Collections & Communities
* Search history

Spam & Abuse
* Additional details when reporting abuse on posts
* Approve or reject comments we (G+) flag as spam
* Remove suspended users from Community member lists
* Community “Strict” content control setting
* Community "Hold Posts for Review" setting
* Review & reinstate comments we flag as spam

Some of you might rightly recognize that items on this list were present in Google+ Classic but were added to the new Web preview over the past fourteen months. Why? We completely re-wrote the Google+ Web app from scratch. Rather than rebuild every nook and cranny that developed over the five year history of Google+, we started with a clean slate of the features people used the most (based on our data & research). We then released this preview version to collect feedback and find out what people missed the most of what we left out.

Not every feature/setting has returned but we have been continuously listening and making updates (as seen above). And we’ll continue doing so. To make your voice heard, please send us your ideas/issues using the Send Feedback menu item. Thanks~
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Images are a huge part of bandwidth & data costs online. We're using machine learning to provide 75% bandwidth savings per image served. This is currently rolled out to just a subset of Google+ Android users but already impacting over a billion images per week. More over on the official Google blog: https://blog.google/products/google-plus/saving-you-bandwidth-through-machine-learning/
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Community Managers Guide
Our Google+ content team has assembled a set of best practices for setting up, customizing, and growing healthy Google+ communities. Get it here: http://goo.gl/9nY9LA
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