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Google+ App Gets Update, Improved Search

Google+ App Gets Update, Improved Search

Google announced the launch of a new update for its Google+ Android app to version 7.0.0. The update has begun rolling out, and will continue over the next day or two. “This version includes two of our most requested Android fixes and a number of additional updates,” says Luke Wroblewski in a Google+ update (via 9to5Google). The update includes (via …

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Google+ Gets More Changes (On the Web)

Google+ Gets More Changes (On the Web)

Google+ has been going through a lot of changes this year as Google has sought to detach it from all the other services it has been integrated with over the years. Still reluctant to just put it out to pasture, Google recently announced a major overhaul of Google+ focusing specifically on Collections and Communities. While not nearly as major of …

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Google Kills AdWords Social Extensions, Which Showed Google+ Follower Counts

Google Kills AdWords Social Extensions, Which Showed Google+ Follower Counts

Google announced that social extensions, which showed Google+ follower counts, will no longer be displayed with ads on Google search and search partners as of December 10. Well, December 10 is here, and Google+ has been going through some major changes. Google dropping this feature is no surprise, but it was quietly announced in a help forum (via Search Engine …

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What Does The New Google+ Mean For Businesses?

What Does The New Google+ Mean For Businesses?

People have been calling Google+ dead for nearly as long as it’s been around, but it just keeps on going in form or another. This week, Google announced a big revamp that puts the spotlight on two features in particular. But what do the changes mean for businesses? How do you expect your Google+ usage to change based on the …

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Google Announces Google+ Redesign Focusing On Collections And Communities

Google Announces Google+ Redesign Focusing On Collections And Communities

Google announced that it is rolling out a new, redesigned Google+, confirming that it’s not dead just yet. As you may know, people have been saying it’s dead pretty much since it launched, yet it just keeps going. It’s true that we haven’t heard a lot about it in recent months, and Google acknowledges that, noting that it has been …

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Google Adds Collections To Google+ For iOS

Google Adds Collections To Google+ For iOS

Back in May, Google launched Google+ Collections, which lets users create collections of content around any given topic, just as they could create a board on Pinterest or a magazine on Flipboard. Collections basically look like any other Google+ page, but centered around the theme the user has chosen. Until now, the feature has only been available for Android and …

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If You Think There’s Nothing Left To Get Out Of Google+, You’re Wrong

If You Think There’s Nothing Left To Get Out Of Google+, You’re Wrong

So Google+ didn’t exactly turn out to be a Facebook killer, and the company has been backing off of its previous efforts to force it onto users of its other products. People are saying things like, “Google+ is dead,” as they have been for years, but it’s not. It’s just not what it used to be. Do you see any …

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Google Gets New CEO As Page And Brin Head Up Parent Company ‘Alphabet’

Google Gets New CEO As Page And Brin Head Up Parent Company ‘Alphabet’

Google just dropped some major news in that exec Sundar Pichai is taking over as CEO of the company, which is becoming one of many companies under a new parent company called Alphabet, which will be run by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Page is CEO of Alphabet and Brin is President. The basic gist is that the co-founders will …

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Google Is Stripping Google+ from Its Services – First Up, YouTube

A few years ago, Google went all in with Google+. Google+ is Google, remember? In an effort to unify all Google products under a common banner, Google tied everything to Google+ – including YouTube. This made a lot of people very angry and was widely regarded as a bad move. Google+, as we all know, didn’t really turn out how …

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Google Sets a Kill Date for Google+ Photos

This isn’t a shocker – we knew this was coming eventually. But Google has just set a kill date for Google+ Photos. Google will begin to shut down the photo feature inside its struggling social network on August 1st. The death will happen first on Android and then soon after on the web and iOS. Google unveiled its new Google …

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Here’s Your Social Media Character/Word Count Cheat Sheet

Ever wonder if there’s a magic number for character counts on various social media platforms? How long is the perfect tweet, Facebook status update, or Google+ post? While character count is certainly just one variable when it comes to an effective communication, studies have shown that there are indeed sweet spots. Buffer and SumAll have an infographic out looking at …

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Google Unveils Its New Photos App At Google I/O

At Google I/O on Thursday, Google unveiled its new Google Photos app, which removes what little friction its old one may have had (by untying it from Google+) and giving users unlimited storage to store a “lifetime” of photos and videos. As with the existing app, photos are automatically backed up and synced. “And when we say a lifetime of …

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Google’s New Standalone Photo Service Could Debut at I/O

If Google+ has seen any sort of enthusiasm over the past couple of years, it’s thanks to photos. Google+ has some nice photo features, but there’s a problem – it’s all tied to Google+. The social network aspect of Google+ hasn’t been the most successful venture in the company’s history, to say the least. More evidence of that comes today, …

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Former Google+ Chief Loves Facebook’s ‘Buttery Smooth’ Instant Articles

As you may have read, Facebook finally introduced its Instant Articles offering officially. The company has partnered with The New York Times, National Geographic, BuzzFeed, NBC, The Atlantic, The Guardian, BBC News, Spiegel and Bild to launch the initiative, and will add additional partners in time. What it does is enable publishers to feed content directly to Facebook, which then …

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A Closer Look At The New Google+ Collections Feature

Google seems to be telling people that Google+ is very much alive. Last week, it randomly joined Twitter out of the blue, and now it just announced a new feature that brings to mind offerings from Pinterest and Flipboard. The feature is called Google+ Collections, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Users can create collections of content …

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Google Hangouts App For Android Gets New Features

Google launched an update for its Hangouts app for Android that includes a bunch of new features. For one, there are new “smart suggestions” in conversations. “When you’re trying to meet up with friends in real life and someone asks, ‘Where are you?’, Hangouts can now understand what you need and offer to help,” explains Google’s Rhett Robinson. “You’ll see …

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Google+ Now Lets You Pin Posts Too

You can now pin Google+ posts to the top of your profile or brand page. Such a feature has been available on Twitter and Facebook for quite some time, but now Google’s not-dead social network will enable you to do the same. Google’s Dennis Troper announced the functionality in a Google+ post, saying: People often have posts that they want …

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Facebook Referrals Still Looking Good, Not A Lot Of Good News For Other Social Networks

Shareaholic released its quarterly Social Media Traffic Report for the third quarter. Facebook is still sending way more referrals than any other social network, but at the same time, things are looking worse for traffic from the others. The report found that Facebook is driving four times as much traffic to sites as Pinterest, which is in second place. In …

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Google Gives Chromecast Users More Image Options

One of the nice things about Google’s Chromecast other than its incredibly attractive price tag, is that it keeps getting better on its own thanks to both Google’s own updates and increasing adoption from other apps. Google announced one of its own updates today, enabling users to tap into a wider variety of pictures for the images that appear on …

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Google Insists (Yet Again) That Google+ Is Here To Stay

Google+ has been around for over three years, and has pretty much faced a never-ending amount of ridicule and expectations of its demise for the majority of that time, but the product just keeps on going. In April, Vic Gundotra, who was running Google’s social layer, announced he was leaving the company, and then the speculation about Google+’s demise really …

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Tool Claims To Show Google Search Bias

As recently reported, Yelp has formed a coalition (not entirely unlike the FairSearch Coalition) with other Google critics/competitors Consumer Watchdog, Jameda, HolidayCheck, TripAdvisor, and Fight for the Future. The group launched the site Focus on the User, which comes with a downloadable Chrome extension to show you how Google “manipulates” search results to inject its own content and reviews from …

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Google Eases Up On Google+ Requirement

You know how Google has been forcing Google+ down people’s throats for the past several years? For the last couple, you’ve had to sign up for a Google+ account to sign up for a Google account (like a Gmail account) in general. Well, they’re easing up on all of that a bit. These days, you can sign up for Gmail …

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Google Just Killed Authorship Entirely

Google announced that it is no longer using authorship markup or displaying author information in search results, saying that it just wasn’t as useful as expected. Actually, it was Google’s John Mueller who announced the change on his personal Google+ page rather than on any official Google blog, which seems odd for something like this that Google pushed on users …

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Is Your Organic Social Reach As Bad As You Think?

Getting organic posts in front of users on social media has become increasingly difficult for brands – particularly on Facebook, which has been quite open about its reduction of organic reach (even if some find its stated reasons a little questionable). What actions have you taken in your social strategy in response to organic reach decline? Share in the comments. …

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This Infographic Will Help You Plan Your Social Strategy

There’s certainly no shortage of social media infographics, but this might be helpful to businesses still trying to figure out which platforms they should be using for one. It comes from Merchant Money, and breaks down the user bases of eight popular social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and Vine. It provides some helpful stats about demographics, …

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Good News For Your Facebook Traffic

Changes to the Facebook News Feed made over recent months may have angered some brands and publishers. Such changes may have even pushed some to abandon their Facebook strategies in favor of competing social platforms like Twitter or Google+, but if you’re looking for traffic, that’s probably not an entirely wise move to make. Has your Facebook traffic been increasing …

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Google Abandons Real Name Policy for Google+, Apologizes for the Confusion

After years of complaints from users, Google has finally caved and dropped the real name policy that governed Google+, which in turn affected many other Google entities. In an apologetic post, Google admits that their name policy has “been unclear” and that it has led to “unnecessary difficult experiences for some.” “For this we apologize, and we hope that today’s …

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Google Shuts Down Orkut After Ten Years

Google announced on Monday that it is shutting down is original social networking service Orkut after ten years of existence. Orkut never quite caught on in our neck of the woods, but was pretty popular in Brazil at one point, with Facebook finally overtaking it in that country two years ago. Apparently there’s not even enough of an active user …

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Chromecast Users Get More To Watch

Earlier this year, Google took its Chromecast SDK out of beta, paving the way for developers to go wild adding support to their apps, which in turn means that users of the $35 streaming device get access to more and more content. Google announced a few new supported experiences today. These include the WatchESPN app and MLS Matchday app (in …

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Growth Rate Of Social Apps Compared

This week, GlobalWebIndex released a new report about global trends in social platform usage. It found that SnapChat is the fastest-growing social app, followed by Kik Messenger. It’s interesting that the top fastest-growing social apps are completely independent of any of the big established social network companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google. That changes after the top two though. Next, …

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