Google+ Adds Popular Stories, Post Analytics, Photo Filter Kits & Begins Supporting Google Apps
Today Google announced a flurry of new features for its fledgling social network, Google+. The new additions include popular content on Google+, analytics for public shares called “Google+ Ripples,” creative kits for photos and accounts for Google Apps users. Here’s a bit of info on each of the new items:
“What’s Hot” – Popular Content On Google+
Google’s new “What’s Hot” feature brings popular information from around Google+ to all users. This new feature will help those who are tired of scrolling through their circles to discover good information. “What’s Hot” will be found on 2 different places on Google+, underneath your new posts and as a standalone stream on on the left hand rail of Google+. Within “What’s Hot” users will be able to see highly shared and plussed posts and will be able to directly add others to their Google+ circles. Here is “What’s Hot” in action:
Want to know how a post was shared on Google+? Users will now be able to view the sharing data of public posts on Google+ with “Google+ Ripples.” This data is displayed in a striking format as you will be able to click on any post and explore the virality of a post down to each individual user. A quick look at Google+ Ripples can be seen here:
Creative Kit For Google+ Photos
While Facebook has been planning “Instagram-esque” filters for photos, Google+ is launching an in-depth filter and effects engine. Filters can be applied along with text and images that have the ability to be added directly to an image and saved. This could be a strong feature for less tech-savvy users, as the creative kit could act as a very light version of Photoshop:
Google+ Finally Available For Apps Users
We covered the announcement of Google+ for Google Apps last week and the integration has finally come. Detailed instructions show Google App administrators how exactly to enable this service. Google+ can be enabled for the entire domain, or for specific users.
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