YouTube and other Google properties can now be used without a Google+ profile. Google plans to trickle out the change in the coming months. Announcing this, Google said that this was in line with people’s feedback.
A Google account is all one would now need to share content on various Google properties, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and engage in other activities across Google. A Google account used in various properties of Google won’t be searchable or followable, unlike Google+ profile that are public.
Orphaned Google+ pages are set to be shuttered on July 28. Google will unverify inactive Google+ business pages as a part of a general clean-up of unclaimed or dormant pages. Google has been planning to separate local from Plus.
There have been some changes in the appearance of Google+ pages associated with Google My Business (GMB) accounts. These changes along with Google’s policies for treating unclaimed business pages are part of Google’s attempts to simplify people’s experience.
Google+ brand posts will find no mention on Knowledge Graph cards now. These will appear just like other social updates in the search results. Google has discontinued the practice of displaying Google+ posts of several brands.
As a Google spokesperson stated, the step was taken to bring in more consistency. However, those who like networking on Google+ need not feel disheartened as posts will still appear within the search results page. It is just that these have been removed from the Knowledge Cards.
Google+ pushed into Pinterest’s territory today by introducing a new feature to enable users to organize content by category. The Google+’s new feature is called Collections, and is pretty similar to Pinterest Boards, which gives people the ability to create a space for their favorite things, categorized by topics. Collections can be shared publicly, privately or with a set of defined users on Google+. Collections can be followed and the user followed posts within Collections will appear in their home feeds on Google+. After a user of page creates a Collection, a Collection tab will appear on given profile.
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.