Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has created a product that lets the Google+ social network create ads. The ads are not run through the Google+ social network though. The “+Post” ads will appear in the Google Display Network, which has around 2 million websites in the network. The ads will look like organic Google+ posts. These ads will not contain recommendations, but will contain public posts from Google+ users.
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Google is adding a search button to Google Chrome’s omnibus. The feature will only appear for some users, which suggests that the search company is still considering whether to make this feature live for everyone in the future. This feature was noticed by Chromium evangelist François Beaufort as noticed on his Google+ profile. You can see what the blue button looks like above. Many people do not know that the omnibox (address bar) is used for searching as well as typing in hyperlinks.
The Google+ app has been updated for iOS with full-resolution backups of photos and videos. The app also has a new design for the notification tray and the ability to share your location. The full-resolution backup features only works for iOS 7 users. You can use the app to find your friends on a map and filter who is displayed.
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Earlier this month, it was announced that YouTube comments will be powered by Google+. This means that you will be required to use your Google+ to be able to make any comments. This move was extremely controversial and a petition was signed against this change. To make fun of the change, Conan O’Brien prepared a skit about it. “YouTube no longer takes anonymous comments, so all the worst ones have gathered in our studio,” says the description of the video.
A couple of months ago, YouTube announced that they would be rolling out a new commenting system that is powered by the Google+ social network. YouTube tested Google+ on channel discussion tabs for a few weeks and it is now rolling out to all of the videos on the website. The roll-out started this week and will be fully effective over time. Google believes that comments on YouTube should improve in quality when being associated with a person’s identity in Google+. YouTube is also going to rank comments based on relevancy instead of chronology. For example, the number of +1s that a comment receives will base the ranking.
Now almost all Google+ users will be able to customize their profile page with a vanity URL. The profile page must be short and easy to remember web addresses that link directly to your Google+ page. Here are the requirements to get a custom URL.
1.) Profile photo required
2.) At least 10 followers
3.) The account must be at least 30 days old
If you meet these requirements, you will be able to see a “Get a custom URL” button on your Google+ page. If you do not see it yet, the option is expanding this week and will pop up when the custom URL is ready.
Google has brought several real-time messaging services through Google+ Hangouts. Now a screenshot leak has indicated that Google will give Hangouts the ability to send and receive SMS.
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