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New profile cards arrive in G+ on the web

This is such a vast improvement over the previous about tab. You can even start a Hangout with someone from their profile now, which is great!
Time to edit aboutme.google.com ? New profile cards across Google!

You might have noticed the new profile cards that have shown up on +Google+ recently.

As things pan out I would expect these profile cards to be available across a number of Google services, so whether you are a +Google+ user or not you should take a look at adding information you want people to be able to find at: aboutme.google.com

Note: you can still add both Public and Limited information: for example your phone number, which you might wish to only show to those you call "Friends".

Post GIF shows the contact card as it loads and with the first " Show More " section, which is the Story section expanded.

If you have any questions ask and I'll get back to you when I wake up. Goodnight!
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My first 280 character tweet

I saw my friend +Blaise Tapp had tweeted about the new 280 character limit over on Twitter. Below you can see my reply.

In it I mentioned my own view about the 280 character limit and how I thought people would soon find it limiting as well. I went on to explain that I prefer the longer form available in Google+. What I couldn't say, because I clearly ran out of space, is why I prefer the longer form.

Reason no. 1: Formatting
This is really in two parts. Firstly the extra space to type means you can use that old fashioned thing called paragraphs. It really helps make things easier to read and means you can make different points and explore different ideas in different paragraphs, so you end up with a clearly written piece, rather than a mishmash of thoughts.

The second part to formatting, is that +Google+ allows you to write in bold and use italics and strikethroughs. It just gives you so much more flexibility when writing your posts.

Reason no. 2: Linking to other sites
There are a few tricks you can pull when writing a +Google+ post. For instance, did you know you can write the time in a post with a link to YouTube and the time stamp acts like a shortcut to the exact point referenced in the video? I can't show you here, because I am not linking to a YouTube video, but it does work.

Reason no. 3: Commenting
I just can't get the hang of the way Twitter handles comments. It is so hard to follow a conversation over there. On G+ though, it is a piece of cake, as everything is in one place, the post that you are commenting on.

Reason no. 4: All the other things
I don't want to ramble on too long, so I will just say Collections, Communities, Polls, using the full screen width and a heap of other reasons. They all make consuming content on Google+ great and the longer form post really shines.

Edit: Reason no. 5: Editing
I forgot to add the link to the tweet, which is here. https://twitter.com/AlanStainer/status/928170403058593793

If this was Twitter, I would have had to delete my post and rewrite the whole thing!
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G+ Notifications page update

Being able to open posts in a new tab is great, plus you can see more information about the people interacting with your posts and comments just by hovering your mouse over there avatar.

More please +Leo Deegan!
Improvements to desktop notification page

Hey folks, over the next couple of days, we'll be rolling out some highly requested usability enhancements to the desktop notifications landing page (plus.google.com/notifications):

Open in a new tab: You will be able open a notification in a new tab via right-click menu, [cmd|ctrl]-click or middle-click. (Note that this keeps the notification in an unread state.)

Profile hovercards: Hovering over any profile picture will bring up the profile hovercard. Additionally, profile pictures are click targets, so they can similarly be opened in a new tab.
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Facebook dropping chronological notifications

I hadn't known about this until this morning when I got one of those little pop ups telling me Facebook are changing things and sure enough it has changed.

Given how badly the Facebook feed algorithm works, I hold zero hope that moving to an algorithm for notifications is going to work either. It can't be a good idea, can it?

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-notifications-chronological-order-relevancy-new-earlier-app-android-ios-a8009056.html

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Facebook for brands is going down the pan

It's only a matter of time before Facebook do this everywhere.
Facebook Are At It Again
They are about to take your followers hostage!

Are you ready for their latest plans?

If you rely on Facebook for any part of your online marketing, then you will want to read this.

Don't forget to share it with someone else and help them deal with the coming Facebook changes...

https://www.socialmediamastery.training/blog/2017/10/24/this-is-why-you-should-not-trust-facebook

#facebook #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing
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Updated lightbox on G+ Web

Who doesn't like a good photo? Well the good news is that photos are getting a little bit of love in the latest update for G+ on the web.
Updated lightbox on Google+ Web

Hey folks, another update this week. Over the next few days, we'll be rolling out a new version of the photo lightbox on Google+ Web. The new lightbox, which appears for photos that are part of single-photo posts (not yet for multi-photo posts), places a greater emphasis on the photo caption and comments.

There are a couple of reasons why I'm happy about this new lightbox. First, the EXIF data (found in the "Show information" menu item) brings back the display of the photo date; the previous lightbox displayed the post date. And second, clicking on the back arrow brings you to the post no matter how you arrive at the lightbox (people who found their way to a lightbox without being able to get to the post know what I'm talking about).
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Remove, report and ban plus recent activity

This is a fantastic new feature for community moderators on G+. Get rid of spammers and all of their junk in one fell swoop!
Optionally remove recent content from banned community members

Hey folks, over the next several days, we'll be rolling out a feature on Google+ Web that will allow community moderators to choose to remove posts and comments from members they ban.

To invoke this feature, select "Remove, report, and ban" from either a post or comment and then select "Also remove recent comments and posts in the community by this user."

Currently, this will remove recent post and comments from the banned user (you may need to perform a web page refresh to see content removed from your view). We're looking to improve this feature in future iterations, so bear with us with the ambiguity of "recent", which should, in most cases, cover your needs.
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How to disable comments and reshares on your G+ profile pictures

There is an oddity with G+ that means people can comment on and share G+ posts of your profile picture. The post below explains how you can turn off both comments and reshares, which is a very welcome bit of news for lots of people.
How To Disable Comments & Reshares On Your Profile Pic

First you need to view your profile.

1.) On Your Profile, Click Your Profile Picture

Next, you will see the 'lightbox' view of your profile pic. Unfortunately there is no options to change your settings in this screen. Click the reshare icon in the bottom right.

2.) Reshare The Post Privately

So, you need to reshare the post, privately to yourself, in order to get to the original post of your profile pic. (You may skip this part if you already have a link to the 'post' from a notification.) Select a private audience, collection, or simply yourself from 'see more' in the audience selector.

3.) Refresh and go to "Originally shared" Post

You will need to refresh your profile to view the 'new' privately shared post. There you will see the second line of blue text at the top of the new post indicating it is a reshare.
If you click that text link, it will take you to the original post. Even if you did not actually share your profile photo as a post, this post will exist, although it's unlikely to be displayed on your profile.

4.) Click on Post Options and select disable Comments and Reshares

Once on the original post you will be able to click on the 'post options' (three vertical dots in the top right). Where you will have the option to disable comments and reshares.

Edit Instructions for mobile apps have been requested:
On Android, view your profile, tap on the profile pic, wait for photo to load, then select the 'share' option to share as a private post, the same as the above instructions.

On iOS, go to profile, tap profile pic, then tap options, select view on web, tap options and select choices.

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You may also wish to consider doing this with all past profile pics, or alternatively, you can quickly delete all your older profile pics via the Google Album Archive. Though the archive only gives options to delete, or download images, no other settings are located there: https://get.google.com/albumarchive

options and screens may vary slightly using the mobile app, this tutorial was created using the desktop interface

We hope you have found this useful. If you do require any assistance or support using Google+, then please visit the Official Google+ Help Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/115758385206378551362
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Bulk moderation of Ask-to-Join requests

A nice little update for G+ community moderators.
Bulk moderation of Ask-to-Join requests

Over the next several days, we'll be rolling out a new feature for community moderators which will allow them to apply moderation actions in bulk on the list of ask-to-join requests. This feature will be accessible via the "Moderate" button in their communities. Enjoy!
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Discover comes to G+

Oh this looks rather good. I can't wait to see it in action.
Find content and communities from all across Google+ with Discover

Big news today Google+! We’re rolling a brand new Discover stream to help you and new users find the absolutely best content our network has to offer. If you glance over at your left-hand navigation bar, you’ll notice a shiny ‘Discover’ tab waiting to be explored. Inside, you’ll find trending posts from curated sources in a new, denser format. Also inside are Featured Collections, Recommended Communities, and the previously announced Topics - which got a bit of a makeover as well, so be sure to check them out!

New and signed out users will land on Discover (previously ‘Featured Collections’) which puts content from a diverse set of sources front and center. We hope that this creates a better experience for new users that more readily communicates the awesome stuff G+ has to offer while providing existing users with a fun way to find and follow creators they haven’t yet, ahem, discovered.

To make way for Discover, you may have noticed we removed the Collections tab and the Events tab. Don’t worry! Collections and Events aren’t gone; they’ve just been moved. ‘Featured Collections’ have a new home within Discover and ‘Your / Followed Collections’ can be found by clicking on ‘Communities and Collections’ on your profile. Events can now be found in the overflow menu (three dots) on your profile when you can also find your Insights.

These changes will be live on web and iOS within the next day or so for all users. As always, please let us know what you think by replying to this thread or using the ‘Send Feedback’ option on web or in-app. Enjoy!
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