It was announced that Google acquired photo storage app Odysee. This app which automatically backs up photos and videos taken on smartphones will shut down on February 23rd.
Effective to this deal. Odysee’s development team will be soon joining the Google+ team, a move which has lead to speculations that Odysee’s unique features will eventually be integrated into G+.
It can be very displeasing when a webmaster gets a notification from Google that they have done something against the guidelines and they now have a “manual action” applied to their site, resulting in negative impacts on their ranking and traffic from Google.
Dennis Troper from Google has announced that users can pin their favorite posts to the top of the stream in Google+ accounts. So, if you want users to see a post which was shared a week ago, pin it at the top of your profile.
To pin a post, click on the arrow down on a specific post & click "pin post".
Active Google+ users now have a Mentions tab that displays all the + mentions of a personal profile or page. Earlier the mentions were only accessible in the notification button, which is present at the upper-right hand corner.
Notifications also include +1s, message and other interactions. The new Mentions tab will give an uncluttered view of how a person is being addressed on Google+ and will be found useful especially by managers who want to keep a track of conversations about their page.
Google has introduced a polling feature for for its social network Google+. The feature would let members create polls with up to five choices and brush them up with the photos uploaded from the social network.
The feature will first be rolled out for Android devices and thereafter for Apple's iOS mobile OS in a few days.
Restrict Viewership of Google+ Posts by Age and Location with the Restrictive Targeting Feature
Google+ page owners with content that is inappropriate for young people or is illegal in certain countries can now restrict their audience. Announcing the new restrictive targeting feature, Google said that it offers Google+ page owners the ability to prevent viewing of the posts from a specific page or the profile by people under 18 or 21. The settings are customizable and there's also an Alcohol setting with suggested presets to block viewing access to countries where alcohol is prohibited.
It is no longer mandatory for new users to sign up for Google+ while creating a new Google account, but they can still choose to do so if they want. It was earlier this month that Google began to show a “No thanks” option for Google+ profile creation to users who were signing up for Gmail or other Google products. Without making much noise about the change, Google chose to silently discard the mandatory integration. Lary Kim was the first to notice and talk about this in the WordStream blog.
If you find your Google+ photographs at unexpected places, we might have an explanation for it. Google’s community manager Abby announced on the Google Product Forums that people who are sharing their photos publicly and have location data on the photos within Google+ may find their photos within Photo Sphere and Google Views.
Now you can import videos from Google+ to YouTube. This feature was announced by Google in the YouTube Help Forum.
If you are a Google+ user who has uploaded quite a number of videos to share with your circles, you can now import these videos to YouTube. If you have merged your YouTube channel with Google+, you will see a new import option in the upper right corner on the YouTube upload page. When you click on the “import” button a new window appears which shows all the available Google+ videos which can be imported.
Google has introduced the Google News Publisher Center, allowing news publishers to easily manage their sites. Now, potential readers will be more informed about the articles they click on and news publishers will have more control over their content displayed on Google News.
You can make the following changes to the Publisher Center after verifying ownership of your site using Google Webmaster Tools: