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I have found the new Google Plus collections a useful new G+ feature. The one caveat is that they do encourage me to spend more time finding and posting interesting content. While content curation is less time consuming than content creation, it does require a considerable investment of time. I have started spending a bit more time curating and posting to collections than I would like.
While the new feature does take more time out of the day I am happy to report one of my collections is getting some fairly good traction. My History and Archaeology collection gets quite a few new followers a day. I am guessing it gets between 50 and 100 new followers a day. I am planning on experimenting with posting a new video series in the History and Archaeology collection. The new series I’m working on will be called “Who Speaks For The Ancestors.”
I have always said my Google plus profile stream was like a virtual museum.
The new collections feature has changed how I use Google Plus. This new addition to G+ has also encouraged me to change my daily social media behavior. Instead of having a separate page for posting my Video, social media, and business posts I now post them to separate collections. This does make my main stream busier than I would like it to be. I’m not sure all my G+ friends want to see everything I post. I will probably make future collections opt in only. Right now all of the collections are set to public.
On the up side I do like having a separate place to curate video and social media content.
Google announced on Thursday May 21, 2015 that it would discontinue the Ripples Feature that allowed users to see the expanse of post that have been reshared. I did enjoy using Ripples. I am curious why such a fun and useful feature was canceled.
Now that Google plus has introduce collections I am probably going to post mostly to my personal profile. Where I used to post marketing, video, and business information to my business page I am now putting it into one of my collections. Over time we will see if this works better for online authority or not.
What I think were the most important posts of yesterday are Number One = Manipulating DNA with a process known as Crispr Number Two = Discovering a new species of crayfish in Indonesia Number Three = A USB stick that turns almost anything (jello) into a button / switch
Google Plus rolled out a new feature the first part of April called Collections, but last week they killed Circle Sharing. Circle sharing was a quick way to build irrelevant followers. A couple years ago I played with this feature. I have about 8 people left in my circles from those I have connected with through circle sharing. This is from maybe a couple thousand that were in the circle shares I participated in.
Google plus released a new feature on Monday called Collections. This feature allows you to collect and group your G+ posts into categories. I think of it like boards on Pinterest.
You can find the Collections feature in the sidebar of your G+ account.
You can add post to your Collections by going to the Collections page or through the drop down menu where you would normally select posting to public, to a circle, or to a group.
You can also put a post you have already published into a Collection by clicking the drop down arrow in the upper right and selecting Connections.
Next select the Collection you would like to add it to. Then click “move to collection.”
You can move a post from one Collection to another
If you accidentally post to the wrong Collection click on the downward arrow in the upper right also known as the option menu and select Remove post from collection and click on it. Go back to the post an click on the option menu again this time select move post to collection and click. This will bring up the collections menu where you can select the proper collection to for the post.
Collections are also sharable. be careful about sharing your collections. There are quite a few people complaining about the over sharing of collections. It appears that some people are using collection sharing as another form of spam. Sharing Collections may be useful if they are shared to a carefully curated circle.
The share a collection go to you collections page and click on the collection you want to share. Under the header art is the name of the collection and to the right are the management tools, click on the arrow. This will bring you to the sharing window. Then you can share as you normally would.
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I received an email today stating that Google Plus is shutting down their Helpouts. I thought Helpouts were a great idea and signed on early to participate. I was not approved right away and its implementation seemed cumbersome. It was a good idea but right from the beginning I thought Helpouts would be a hard sell to prospective clients. Even free hangouts are a hard sell to those not using Google plus.
Helping businesses and individual with video, community management, and social media
Andrew Ledford 562-423-1691
Helping businesses and individual with video, community management, and social media, Andrew Ledford 562-423-1691
Google has been very busy over the last couple of weeks. I have posted about a couple of Google’s new features on this blog. Because of this week’s Google post I plan on sharing my general business social media news next Monday. Today it’s all about Google.
One new features is the ability to pin posts to the top of a G+ page or profile. I imagine this will come in handy for those who post to Google Plus on a regular basis. Pinning an important post to the top of a page will keep critical content from becoming buried.
The other new Google feature I mentioned in a post is the new Google CAPTCHA ‘NoCAPTCHA. A CAPTCHA is that annoying cryptic code that is often needed to prove a person is really human. The problem with some of the CAPTCHAs is that there are now machine that are better at deciphering them than some people. Google is using big data to combat this problem with a new and improver version.
The Biggest News From Google
Probably the most important news from Google occurred when I did not have time to write about. This huge and monumental news will affect all businesses that have a local presents. Google changed their rules and guidelines for Local / Maps listings.
There are now firm guidelines for businesses that have multiple location as well as businesses that have separate department at the same location.
It does look like the new guideline may cause a good deal of confusion in their implementation. The new guidelines are bound to cause problems, just like the problems that were caused when Google Places became Google Local tied to a Google Plus account.
Another huge change is Google maps. Now everyone is forced to use the new maps. This has some benefits for webmasters and business owners. However, I think it is not as user friendly as the old maps for the average user. I find the features of the old maps that I relied on for my everyday life and business are now not available.
I believe you can also access your maps on Google drive in your Gmail.
Of much less significance is that there has been a slight design change to the notification bell on our Google Plus pages and profile.
There are a few tricks to navigating with the new notification tray and bell icon. You can still read posts from the new notification tray, but once an item has been clicked on it goes to the old notification try, the lower old bell. Another way to put everything from the new notification tray to the old one is to click on the Mark All As Read icon. I suggest not doing that. clicking the Mark All As Read will make it impossible to find people who have newly circled you.
Reading a post from the old notification tray will take you the post’s page.
I leave the computer for an hour and Google Plus changes.
Google sends out a notice that they are “reverting back to the original notifications experience.”
It looks like on the afternoon of December 16 the old notification bell and tray have vanished. Now we only have one Notification bell and one notification tray. From what I see it looks like the new notification has most of the features of the old one. I have seen some different behavior of the notifications over the last 10 minutes, but it’s probably the bugs being worked out of the new system. I think I better wait a while to finish updating this post
Re-shared post also received a new look and some new features. Now you have the opportunity to directly comment on a shared post from the notification window. This can be handy for thanking the person that shared. This feature is also good for adding additional commentary to a shared post. It looks like this feature is no longer available.
In addition to commenting from notifications you will now see the number of comments the original post has received with a link back to the original post. The shared post is also surrounded by a grey box.
Another fairly new feature is that the image card now supports a 735×1102 sized portrait image. I haven’t tried this feature yet so I still need to experiment with this one.
One new feature that I do not like is that there is no longer infinite scrolling on your page stream. Infinite scrolling still seems to work for a personal profile. I thought this may be a glitch that would be worked out, but I now think it is a new feature of pages.
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Google plus added a great new feature on Wednesday the 3rd of December. Now you can pin a post to the top of the conversation from either a personal profile or a business page . This means your most important posts will not get buried in the page as you add more content.
Being able to keep my most important posts at the top will encourage me to post more on the days I am promoting a blog or video. In the past I did not want to bury my important posts so I just did not post much on or around those days.
Here is a video explaining post pinning
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