Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Social Network Enhancement: Hurray for Google+!
Starting with Google+ pages, you can now have admins, otherwise known as “managers”! Of course, we knew this was coming; Facebook, as anyone with a page knows, has provided this feature for a long time, but not with the elevated title.
While the number for Facebook pages is unlimited, you can now have up to 50 managers on your Google+ page. Would Ford or McDonald’s run the risk of using all 50? At any rate, newly minted Managers will be informed of activity on the page via notifications. Not sure if that’s different from the notification numbers you see now or not.
And already the “counting” for +1’ing is showing on a page. That’s a count of both those who have +1’d and also added your page to one of their circles. So my example here, for my modlandUSA Google+ page shows 50+, yet only 45 folks have circled the page. That means 5 of those folks have also given the page a +1 …thanks so much!
When I heard about the next feature, I thought of a synthesizer and all that other fun 70’s musical equipment. Yes, long time ago, the word “graphic-equalize” meant something quite different. For Google+ users it means fine-tuning, and you don’t have to be an audiophile to use this feature. It’s simply a slider that can be adjusted, or “slid” to select how much of a particular stream from a circle that you’d like to see in your main stream. Honestly, I don’t know how useful this is going to be, but that remains to be seen after doing some tweaking with it.
There’s new photo tagging features. Personally, I’ve never checked out the old ones, perhaps because most of my friends are on Facebook. That may be the case with you as well. According to Google+, the experience will be “fun and fluid”. Perhaps the tagging will be more precise than Facebook? How many times have you tagged someone as their arm, and not their face?
Now, here’s the best news…all the new features, if they’re not here already, will be here in the next few days! So, when you want to get away from the twenty plus people making merry in your house, find a quiet corner and check out your Google+ GIFTS!