Is Google+ Beginning To Integrate Into Google Places?

google-places-logo-square Today Mike Blumenthal of posted about what appears to be a new addition to Google's local results.  A specific query for "transmission servicing lexington ky" displayed the normal Google Places listings, with one exception: The grey icon is displayed next to a specific places results.  However, when clicked, the user is taken to the following Google+ only results page: The surprising thing about the above listing is that the link goes directly to a personal account, not an actual Google+ page.  We had extreme difficulty replicating this on any other queries in d [...]

Barack Obama Joins Google+, White House Itself Still Not There

barack First Britney Spears takes the top Google+ spot away from Google CEO Larry Page today. Now the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has opened an account. Not Yet Verified, But Yes, Real Is it really him? It's actually a Google+ brand page for the Obama For America campaign, and not verified at the moment, but Steve Grove, head of community partnerships for Google+ welcomed the account, so it's probably legit. On Facebook, Obama's campaign page has 24 million followers. On Twitter, the campaign page has 11 million followers. On Google Plus, the number isn't yet being shown [...]

Oops, She Did It — Britney Spears Beats Larry Page As Most Popular On Google+

britney bitch Google+ took a big step toward being a more "normal" social network today, as Britney Spears passed Larry Page to be the most followed person on the service. Move Over, Tech Celebs Until now, the most popular people on Google+ have been technology celebrities, in particular first Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (who never posted to his Google+ account), then Google CEO Larry Page. In contrast, the most followed people on Facebook and Twitter -- more mature social networks -- tend to be the same celebrities you find in real life, such as musicians and actors. Spears Goes To Number One Curre [...]

Google Announces Shutter Of Knol, Gears, Search Timeline & More

Google has announced the shutting down of several Google services from the Google Search Timeline to their knowledge site, Knol. Here is a list of services Google is closing in the near future or has already closed: Google Bookmarks Lists closing on December 19, 2011, which leaves searchers with no way to recoup their Google starred results. Google Friend Connect is shutting down March 1, 2012 and sending people to Google +. Google Gears will lose all support on December 1, 2011 but Chrome now has offline support. Google Search Timeline is currently not working anymore. Google Wave [...]

Google News Spotlight Now Spotlights Your Friends & Stories They +1

googlenews-plusone The Google News Blog announced that the Spotlight section on Google News may contain stories that your Google + friends and Gmail contacts have +1'ed. If you are logged in while using Google News and your friends or contacts have used the Google +1 button to like the stories in your Spotlight section, that information will show up in the Spotlight section near the article. It will even let you click on the name of your friend/contact to see their social profile on Google. Google said: Starting today, the Spotlight section will sometimes include articles that your Gmail contacts and peop [...]

Google+ Expands Search Options, Adds Trending Topics To Search Results

google-plus-featured Google+ has made a few tweaks to how its search function operates, and has added the obligatory trending topics its search results pages. The first change begins right in the search box itself: As you type a search query, Google+ now separates possible matches in a pop-up window with People or Pages that may match your query. There are more changes if you follow through on the search itself. When Google finally added search to Google+, the search results page had four tabs: Everything, People, Google+ Posts and Sparks. Now, the search results have two tabs with different options [...]

Google+: Brands Rush In Where Consumers Fear To Tread

Screen shot 2011-11-18 at 5.59.35 AM Earlier this week BrightEdge released data on early adoption of Google+ pages by brands. It also offered a comparison with Facebook. The SEO firm said that 61 percent of the top 100 brands in the US have Google+ Pages, in the little over a week since the doors were officially opened. By contrast 93 percent of that same top 100 have Facebook pages. The Google+ adoption numbers are impressive. Indeed, given the possibility that Google+ may turn into a major new social platform brands want to quickly establish themselves on it. So far, however, there isn’t that much follower action, accordin [...]

Report: Google+ Sees Its 3rd Largest Week Since Launch

A new report from Experian Hitwise revealed that Google+ picked up steam last week and had its 3rd largest week to date.  Hitwise chronicled US visits back to the social network's inception and analyzed the social network's total traffic.  Last week (the week ending on Nov. 12th) Google+ saw a 5% increase from the previous week and a 25% gain from a month ago. The only two weeks that  recorded higher traffic were the weeks that directly proceeded the public launch of Google+.  Last week's traffic spike is likely due to the major page additions for brands, business and places t [...]

Google+ Badge Tool Now Makes Facepile-Style Badges, +1 Counts To Be Consolidated

Google-Plus-Logo Want to show off the people who follow your shiny new Google+ Page, right on your own website? Now you can, with a Google+ badge that shows the faces of those subscribed. Badge Maker Now, Uh, Makes Badges When Google+ Pages launched last week, the badge making tool also went live -- but it only produced static icons, not badges. Now that's changed, Google has emailed: The Google+ badge has graduated out of preview today, be one of the first to put it on your site! For those who've already added the code, this means all users will be able to see the badge starting today. Featuring both [...]

Third Party Page Management Comes To Google+

Google+ pages for brands & businesses were announced last week, and Google has been busy rolling out supporting features.  Yesterday, Google began displaying select Google+ pages in the search results.  Today it has been announced that Google+ partnered with six companies to create Google+ page management tools. The selected companies are: Buddy Media Context Optional Hearsay Social HootSuite Involver Virtue More information on each specific tool can be located on the Google+ 3rd Party tools page along with Google+ pages for each. If you are a tool creator looki [...]

Recent Google+ Posts & “Add To Circles” Buttons Are Coming To Google’s Search Results

Google-Plus-Logo Earlier today, 'All About Content' reported that Google+ data was showing in Google's organic search listings.  Two different items are now appearing in the search results pages, recent Google+ posts and an "Add To Circles" button.  The only caveat?  These results will only show for select Google+ brand accounts that have been approved for Direct Connect.  Even those brands who have been approved for Direct Connect may have to wait, as these features are being rolled out slowly.  Here's a look at the new additions: Google+ Posts Whether or not you currently have a Google+ account [...]

Google Acquires Katango ‘Magicians’ To Improve Google+ Circles

google-katango Finding it too much hassle to organize your friends and contacts into circles on Google+? Google may have a solution on the way, thanks to the company's acquisition of Katango. Katango launched this past summer with an iPhone app that automagically organizes Facebook friends through an algorithmic approach that looks at profile information, past interactions with friends and the interactions friends have with each other. Google+ Product VP Bradley Horowitz just confirmed the acquisition in a post on Google+, saying In the earliest days of Google+, I alluded to the fact that we had bi [...]

The Alphabet of Google+ Direct Connect

g A new feature of Google+ is Google+ Direct Connect, where typing the name of a company preceded by a + symbol will make that company's Google+ Page appear as a suggestion in the search box, in the right circumstances. Who are the lucky few, so far? Here's an alphabetical rundown, which reveals a number of surprises on how Direct Connect works, along the way: A Amazon, AT&T, Angry Birds and ABC News all make the A list. B & Thoughts About "Regular Suggestion" Opportunities Burberry makes the list here, oddly followed by Angry Birds. Bank of America and Best Buy are regular su [...]

Google+ Pages For Businesses: The AdWords Impact

ecosystem Google's introduction yesterday of Google+ Pages for businesses will likely have a dramatic impact on +1s in AdWords. When businesses create a Page on Google+, they can link the page to their web site URLs and also to their AdWords account. When that's done, +1s for any of the linked URLs -- on web sites or landing pages for AdWords ads -- will all accrue to the brand, making the numbers much larger. [caption id="attachment_100398" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Image provided by Google"][/caption]   Previously, +1s were specific to individual URLs and only accumulat [...]

A Look At Google+ Direct Connect For Google+ Pages

YouTube-Via-DC Along with the big announcement of Google+ pages yesterday, a search-specific feature called "Google+ Direct Connect" was also announced. The Google+ Direct Connect functionality will help to give Google+ pages more visibility in the search engine results pages when custom operators are used. What Exactly Is Direct Connect? Last month, Google retired the "+" operator, most likely in anticipation of the Direct Connect release. Now Google+ Direct Connect leverages the "+" symbol for those looking to go directly to a Google+ page in search. Instead of typing in "YouTube  Google Plus" Dire [...]

Up Close With Creating & Managing Google+ Pages

google-plus-featured Today, Google launched Google+ Pages, allowing businesses to take part in its social network. Here's a walk-through on how to create and manage these pages: Creating A Page Within two days or sooner, everyone is supposed to be able to make pages by using the Create A Page tool. Availability is rolling out now, so if you get an "Google+ Pages isn't ready" error, keep checking back. (NOTE: Google now says everyone should have access). Assuming you do have access, I'll start with what you see when making a page for the "Product or Brand" category, though the steps work the same for any c [...]

Google+ Pages Now Open For Businesses, Brands, Places & More

Google-Plus-Logo Finally, Google is now allowing businesses, brands and any non-human entity to participate in its Google+ social network, through new Google+ Pages that are launching today, promised to be available to everyone shortly. Businesses Weren't Allowed, Initially Businesses have wanted to be part of Google+ from the start. In fact, many businesses and brands made use of regular Google+ accounts as a way to participate on the service despite their non-human status. However, in July, Google terminated any business accounts that it spotted, including one from Sesame Street, promising that formal b [...]

Google+ Gets YouTube Integration & Official Chrome Extension

Today Google announced the integration of two of their most popular products, YouTube and Chrome,  into Google+.  These enhancements make sharing videos on YouTube easier and brings the +1 button and Google+ notifications to the rest of the web for Chrome users. Google+ YouTube Integration Users have always been able to share YouTube videos on Google+, the functionality is now baked into the network.  Each Google+ user will see a small YouTube branded tab on the right hand side of their screen now when logged in. Upon hovering over the tab, users will see a search box where the [...]

Journalists Get Their Profiles Featured In Google News … Their Google+ Profiles, That Is

Google News will soon start highlighting journalists' profiles in Google News. But rather than highlighting the profiles from their primary website/writing venue, Google will be highlighting their Google+ profiles. In a blog post today, Google showed an example of how the profiles will be featured within Google News. The journalist has to first have a Google account that's linked to their articles, and when that's the case, Google News will show the journalist's Google account profile photo along with information about his/her from Google+ -- how many followers and an "Add to circles [...]

Google Tweaks Its Rel=Author Display, Promotes Google+ In Search Results

rel-author-google-featured Google has rolled out a few changes to how it shows results that use the rel=author markup. Some of these are things that have been spotted in testing in recent weeks, so today's announcement formalizes how that markup will display in Google's search results. Here's how it currently looks using one of Danny Sullivan's recent articles: (I was going to use one of my articles as an example, but Google has turned off my rel=author status for some reason. But I'm not angry. At all.) Anyhoo, the author's image is justified to the left of the snippet information -- that was changed some [...]

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