Oct 12, 2011 116 reads by Navneet Kaushal

In continuation with constant evolution, Google+ has come up with new notification controls. These controls let you select who can notify you on Google+ and who cannot.

What Are The New Notification Controls?

Google+ announced these changes in a blog post that the “Who can notify you” feature is being brought out as it was much in demand from the users. The post revealed that many Google+ users were expecting privacy controls on these lines. The privacy option provided by the Circles, where you could choose who you shared with whose content you wanted to see was fast becoming a limited choice for the users. They wanted to control who they heard from as in who could send them notifications.


According to Google+, “By altering these settings, you can control who you’ll get notifications from, if they:

  • Share with you individually
  • Select ‘Notify about this post’ (when sharing to a circle you’re in)
  • +Mention your name
  • Invite you to a hangout
  • Invite you to play or send you messages from a game

You’ll still be notified if someone comments on one of your posts or adds you to a circle.”

Google+ has by default set the “Who can notify you” setting to Extended circles. However, if an user wishes, he can change it back to his Circles.

Why Was This Feature Needed?

Like any social network, Google+ also saw its share of spammers that sent out notifications to the more popular users. There was no other way to deal with the little red flags of notifications on the profile than clicking them, reading them and then deleting them. This meant a lot of unnecessary work for the users, and somehow dampened the whole social experience. Google+ received a lot of feedbacks and request regarding the same and that is why this feature was rolled. No doubt this much awaited and demanded for feature will have people waiting for further updates.

What do you think of this feature update? Do you want anything else changed? Do share your thoughts. For the other Google+ feature updates, see this.

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Navneet Kaushal

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Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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