A major Google Plus update begins to role out for users of the search giants social network.
Toward a simpler, more beautiful Google
That is what Google is claiming the update is designed to do and after taking it for a test drive I can say that the new G+ is a lot simpler. Which says a lot because from the start Google Plus has had a very clean and simple design.
Why bother with Google+?
It is just another internet time waster to distract you and no one you know is on it. Sound accurate?
These days it is getting difficult to keep up with all the social media services that keep cropping up. A valid point and I am one who does not believe you need to be everywhere. But I do believe it is worth at least joining Google Plus and filling out your profile even if you do not spend any time there. Why? Because it is Google. The #1 way people find things one the web is through Google so it makes sense to have your profile and your information on their network in order to help people find you.
With that said let’s talk about the big G+ update. Here is a brief video that gives a great overview:
One of the updates they seem most proud of is the navigation update.
“One of the first things you’ll notice is a new way to get around the stream. Instead of static icons at the top, there’s a dynamic ribbon of applications on the left. This approach comes with lots of perks, but some of our favorites include:
- You can drag apps up or down to create the order you want
- You can hover over certain apps to reveal a set of quick actions
- You can show or hide apps by moving them in and out of “More”“
I really appreciate having a bit of control over how my G+ is laid out. It would be nice if another popular service followed this lead. (hint hint Zuckerberg)
Want to see it in action?
Better Photos and Video
But one of the best new features that I think artists are really going to appreciate is the bigger and better photos and videos.
“Once you’ve upgraded to Google+, it’s easy to share with your circles from just about anywhere. We’re dreaming bigger, though. We’re aiming for an experience that fuses utility with beauty—one that inspires you to connect with others, and cherish the conversations that unfold. Today’s update is an important step in this direction, including:
- Full bleed photos and videos that’ll make you really proud to post
- A stream of conversation “cards” that make it easier to scan and join discussions
- An activity drawer that highlights the community around your content“
I know G+ is still a mystery to many but I do recommend spending some time there. Check out artist Daniel Ibanez’s Google Plus Page to see a great example of an artist putting the service to use.