Twitter To Debut An Analytics Suite For Web Publishers This Week

There is an old saying If you are not tracking conversions, you are throwing stones in darkness. As long as there is sound on the other side, you are at peace. The moment something goes wrong, you lose all those stones.

Google Analytics is by far one of the best web analytics programs but one shortcoming of Google Analytics is that it is not very good for measuring social traffic received from Facebook, Twitter and other social sites. As the owner of a website, you can’t determine the conversion funnel from social sites, as easily as you can do for organic traffic.

Some questions to ask:

  • How many users are hitting the tweet button and then reading another page on my site?
  • How much portion of the Twitter traffic is converting at my sales page? Did they used that tweet button or clicked a shortlink on Twitter?
  • Which users frequently tweet my posts and dig deeper into the site? How much time are they spending on the site?
  • Which Tweet button are they clicking? Are they clicking the one in the top or the one just below the article body?

Google Analytics can answer a few, if not all of these questions. But if there were an in house Twitter analytics program for web publishers, that would have been great. Nearly every other site has embedded that Tweet button, so only Twitter can understand how users engage with millions of links shared on Twitter every single day.

The good news for website owners is that Twitter is debuting Twitter Analytics a new set of tools which will help you measure the traffic received from and measure the effectiveness of your Tweet Button integration.



Twitter announced the launch of its Analytics program at TechCrunch Disrupt today, clearly focusing on measuring the sharing attributes of users across different platforms. Twitter gets a massive amount of Share loveevery single day and wants to help website publishers better understand and engage with their audience. Twitter Web Analytics will be rolled out this week to a small pilot group of partners, and will be made available to all website owners within the next few weeks

Using the new Twitter analytics suite, you would be able to track quite a good number of important metrics. Click through rates of short links that point back to your site, tweets that were sent from the tweet button on your site, tweet from an incoming link, weekly an daily statistics are some common examples. In addition, you would be able to retweet and respond to tweets, directly within your Twitter analytics dashboard. The analytics program will also let you track any number of domains or subdomains and not just a single site of yours.

Twitter   acquired social analytics startup BackType in July before acquiring TweetDeck, another popular desktop application for Twitter. So it appears that introducing an in house analytics suite was part of the plan.

Did I mentioned that Twitter’s analytics suite will be completely free?


Click.To Transforms Everything On Your Computer Into a Hyperlink

The mouse was invented to make navigation easy and perform common tasks as quickly as possible. But that was 1970, when multi-tasking was an unknown phrase.

Computers and computing have come a long way since then. Today, we have dozens of apps, browser tabs, documents, settings and other things to worry about and if your computer is without a mouse it is as good as a block of metal weighing 2.72 Kg.

Another annoying problem I encounter every single day is to copy and paste stuff from one place to another. A cool Facebook status update, Google search for a phrase, retweeting someone’s tweet, copying a link and pasting it in Microsoft Outlook, referencing to the biography of the author whose eBook I am reading the list goes on.

Click, Copy, minimize, maximize, click, paste – eyes and fingers moving like crazy. A single mistake in the sequence and you find yourself starting the loop all over again.

If you’re anything like me and need a simple way to copy and paste stuff from one application to another, try It’s a sweet little utility for Windows which lets you copy text and files from one application and paste it on any other application. Text, photos, videos, uploads anything!

Did you copied an article on Wikipedia and want to add it to the word document you are currently editing? Do you want to bulk upload photos to your Facebook account from desktop? Do you want to copy a phrase and tweet it?

Select the text or files, hit Control C and will give you one click options to send the copied text and files to any application on your system. This is useful because you don’t have to open the target app, copy the text from the source app and paste it again on the target app. will handle all the three hassles in just one mouse click


From the program preferences, you can choose which application icons are shown on the default dialog box, that pops up whenever you hit Control + C. With, everything on your computer transforms into a hyperlink. It’s sort of hopping over from one app top another and pasting stuff on the fly. When you are editing huge segments of code and need a quick way to copy and paste codes from one file to another, will be a lifesaver!

Watch the following video to understand how works

That Old Delicious Tree is Spreading Roots Beneath The Surface

youtube-foundersRemember one of Yahoo’s popular products which eventually got acquired by YouTube founders because Yahoo decided to shut it down during late 2010. Since April 2011, there has been no news or hints on why YouTube founders acquired a service which was dying anyway. Turns out, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen were busy preparing the blueprints of a new Delicious and a re-launch of the service seems imminent.

We are trying to introduce a new Delicious to the world and make it mainstream, Mr. Hurley said in an interview to New York Times. Twitter sees something like 200 million tweets a day, but I bet I can’t even read 1000 a day.There’s a waterfall of content users are missing out on. There are a lot of services trying to solve the information discovery problem, and no one has got it right yet.

Interestingly, Chad and Hurley’s new venture has a couple of job listings for the position of a web developer, application developer and a browser extension developer. This is a strong hint that Delicious might just re-launch itself this fall and a complete overhaul of the old bookmarking giant is being prepared in the garage.

Mr. Chen confirmed that the foundation for overhauling the site’s design and the software system has been laid out. A team of 15 developers are working to reorganize bookmarks and links into browseable stacks,or collections of related images, videos and links shared around topical events.

We want to simplify things visually, mainstream the product and make it easier for people to understand what they’re doing,Mr. Hurley said.

From the interview transcript, it is clear that Delicious will still remain a bookmarking destination and will not turn out to be another social site for sharing photos, videos and regular updates with friends. The new Delicious will allow users to club similar links and pages together in a bundle, which someone else can browse. The site would also make personalized recommendations for users, based on their sharing habits.


Well that’s the current trend of every other social site. YouTube, Facebook, Google Plus they work on the same principle of keeping the user in the center and encircle him with content he has interest on. I am not sure how the new Delicious is going to attract its lost flavor, web users are already overloaded with dozens of social sites and they don’t really care about something which made a fuzz and turned off to smoke months ago.

Delicious still attracts half a million visitors a month and YouTube founders are clever enough not to piss them off.

Time will tell.

Coming Soon: Unlimited Cloud Storage To A SkyDrive Account Near You

SkyDrive-1_thumbWhen it comes to backing up photos, documents and a large number of files to a cloud storage provider, I always prefer using Windows Live SkyDrive over Google Docs, DropBox, SugarSync and similar services. This is because Windows Live SkyDrive provides a hefty 25GB of free space, which is ideal for backing up all my important files, documents and photos in a single location via Windows explorer. And since SkyDrive is a product from Microsoft, I am rest assured that my data is in safe hands and the company won’t close shop anytime soon.

SkyDrive has come a long way since it was launched in 2007 as Windows Live Folders, offering only 500MB of free space in early days. Gradually, the folks at Microsoft rolled up their sleeves and offered more and more free space, almost 12 times what Google Docs offers to this date. HTML5 features were added and a new domain at is a work in progress.

Its interesting to note that Microsoft recently announced deeper integration between SkyDrive and Windows Phone with the Mango release later this year. Microsoft’s biggest competitor is on a killing spree adding new features, updates and overhauling the design and usability of their products almost every other week. Chromebooks are already being shipped and if Microsoft wants to stay in the cloud computing market; they must prepare a strong inventory for their upcoming   product Windows 8.

Now here is another good news for SkyDrive users who often wondered when Microsoft would provide more free space in Windows live SkyDrive. According to Liveside, Microsoft will soon provide unlimited cloud storage for office documents and image files. Users will still enjoy 25 GB of free storage space for all other files with the 100 MB maximum file size limitation.

Microsoft is also organizing a Hotmail eventon October 3rd, inviting press analysts in San Francisco and New York. There are some rumors speculating that Hotmail might get an HTML5 interface with offline access, as an answer to Google’s very recent Offline Google mail. If I am not wrong, Microsoft is gearing up towards integrating Hotmail and SkyDrive in a way that makes sense to regular users, not just geeks. SkyDrive might just become the central point for all communications and file storage between Office Web Apps, Windows Phone, Hotmail, Windows Live messenger and hopefully Windows 8.

PayPal Removes Fund Withdrawal Fees For Indian Users

When it comes to online trade or transaction of money, PayPal is still a name bigger than anyone else. Sure there are quite a good number of PayPal alternatives  but none of them have the trust factorPayPal commands.

Since March 1st 2011, PayPal has been giving a chain of headaches to Indian users. They practically screwed Indians by locking the exit door for payments and according to the new rule no Indian PayPal user can use funds from his/her PayPal account to buy goods, pay bills or send the money to any other PayPal user. All the funds in your PayPal account must be withdrawn to your Bank account within 7 days or else the payment will be returned to the sender.

The next rule plunged the final nail in the coffin   – Indian PayPal users can not receive payments that are more than $500. A single transaction from any PayPal account to the PayPal account of an Indian user must not cross $500. This rule is still in effect, so a lot of freelancers and web workers are still under The PayPal curse.

However, PayPal has been silently tweaking their fund withdrawal system for the past couple of weeks. First they introduced an auto-withdrawal system for Indian users which will automatically withdraw all the PayPal balance to your Bank account. This is magic but there is a slight disadvantage, in case you frequently get small payments in your PayPal account.

PayPal charges a withdrawal fee of INR 50, for every fund withdrawal that’s below INR 7000. So if you receive INR 2000 on 1st, INR 3000 on 4th and INR 4000 on 6th you lose an amount of INR 150. This is because the auto-withdrawal system will automatically refund the money within one day and since each of these amounts are less than INR 7000, a withdrawal fee of INR 50 will be charged for every fund withdrawal request.

You could have saved that INR 150, if you withdrew all the money on 6th as the gross amount is more than INR 7000. Agree that the withdrawal fees is a meager amount but would you tear a $1 or 10 rupee note every other day? There is no point in losing your money in thin air however large or small it might be.

Now the other good news for Indian PayPal users is that PayPal has recently removed their withdrawal fee from funds withdrawal system which means, no longer you have to pay any fund withdrawal fee for whatever amount you withdraw to your bank. You can withdraw $1 or $1000 no withdrawal fee will be charged.

I tested this by withdrawing a sum of $42 and it worked like a charm



This is indeed good news for small businesses and freelancers who often get frequent payments that don’t add up to INR 7000. No need to worry about your PayPal funds they will now work on Auto-pilot mode and you never have to pay anything to the pilot. Ever!

Now Attach Any File To Your Evernote Notebooks

evernote-logoAnyone who makes a full time living by writing for the web knows the importance and value of a cross platform note taking application. I have been following the Write it downphilosophy for years and Evernote has been my best friend ever since.

Whether I am scrolling through my RSS reader or writing something, I always use Evernote to quickly jot down ideas, notes, deadlines and reminders. The best thing with Evernote is that I can attach videos, images and links to my notes from any computer or from my Android, so this helps me stay focused on the work I am currently doing and refer to an earlier note later.

The good news for Evernote users is that now you can now upload and attach almost any file type to your Evernote notebooks. Previously, Evernote only allowed PDF, images, text and audio attachments in your notebooks but the company has lifted this restriction recently. Now you can upload almost any file type to your Evernote account, which may include ZIP files, PSD templates, FLV videos and so on.


There are two advantages of this new enhancement. First, all your files remain accessible from a single and visually searchable location. No longer you have to find an old email attachment from your ever expanding inbox or pull out your external hard drive, just to find a very old document. Whenever you receive something that you think you may need later, it’s a good idea to quickly open your Evernote desktop client, write down a small note and upload the file as an attachment. 2 years later, you can find the same file from your online Evernote account, so it doesn’t matter whether you have shifted to a new office or your computer has been replaced during that time.

And since you have the ability to attach a custom text note to the file attachment, you would probably have more information and data to start with. This is far better than file sync services like Dropbox, which will sync only the file but not any custom note you may want to attach to the file.

Smartphone and mobile users can use this same feature to upload podcasts, audio recordings and videos to their Evernote notebooks, directly from their phones. This is very useful when you are attending a meeting and want a central location to archive text notes and upload files or attachments to the same note you wrote just a few minutes back. And since every notebook in Evernote can be shared with anyone, you can share a complete project with your colleagues without having to separately send the files as email attachments. Nice!

Please note that Evernote has only lifted the restriction for file types and the older restrictions for file size still hold good. Free users can make a single note of up to 25MB in size and can upload up to 60MBs of new stuff every month, while Premium users can make a single note of up to 50MB and can upload up to 1GB of new stuff every month.

Twitter Now Makes It Easy To Cross Post Tweets To Your Facebook Account

One of the most annoying things regarding maintaining multiple social sites is to update your profile with the same status message. You have different setsof friends in every other social site and you want a simple way to share the same update with everyone. There is always the classic copy paste option but most people prefer using apps that automate the process.

My favorite way to cross post tweets to Facebook is selective tweets, which posts every tweet as a status update on my Facebook account that contains a specific hash tag. While this works pretty good, looks like soon I won’t be needing such apps anymore.

Twitter has just rolled out a new feature which lets users post tweets to their Facebook profile. All you have to do is login to your Twitter account, go to Settings > profile and connect your Facebook account. Remember to choose Post your tweets to Facebookbecause this is exactly what you want to do.


Once you have linked both the accounts, all your tweets will be posted on your Facebook profile as status updates; barring direct messages, mentions and replies. This is a really easy way to share the same update with both Twitter and Facebook friends but there is a slight disadvantage.

Unlike selective tweets – Twitter’s own cross posting feature will post each and every tweet on your Facebook profile, which will surely annoy your Facebook friends over time. If you tweet a lot and love ranting on Twitter, I would like to suggest that you keep yourself away. I would prefer sticking with selective tweets because this app lets me choose the tweets I want to post to Facebook and not every other random tweet, without any control whatsoever.

In my opinion, there is a huge difference between the nature of Twitter and Facebook audience. The former is geeky while the latter is sticky and very large in number. School friends, office colleagues and friends you know are very active on Facebook while Twitter is full of professionals, geeks and enthusiasts of a specific topic. They might tolerate your rant but Facebook audience will quickly hide your profile from their news feed, if you bombard them with irrelevant updates every other minute.

In recent times, Twitter has been aggressively pouring new features and trying to shake the dirt and step up a little. They acquired TweetDeck, rolled out an in built photo sharing feature and updated the way links are shortened and shared on any Twitter   platform. Now that the cross posting thing is made live on most Twitter profiles, will they go ahead and add the option to automatically share an RSS feed on your Twitter profile? Feedburner has it since ages   and every other Twitter user who writes a blog, is happily using Twitterfeed or another RSS to Twitter service for posting updates on Twitter.

Now looking at the path Twitter has crossed, I am very sure they will copy ideas like scheduling tweets and come up with an in house solution shortly.

Without any doubt, these features make the Twitter experience better for everyone but at the same time these inbuilt enhancements makes life hell for third party app developers. These are the people who had the original idea and they spent their valuable time, money and resources to foster an idea and made it popular in the first place. These are the people who are to some extent, responsible for Twitter’s overwhelming popularity.

Look at TweetDeck, TwitPic, Tweetmeme and the whole bunch of URL shorteners do you need any more examples? I can smell these features coming one after another because Twitter devs have learned their lesson keeping things simple isn’t just enough. There is a thing called Crowdand if your competition is getting neck high, just copy the stuff that’s already popular and add them one after another.

Previously, I developed Twitter applications. Now I am a cartoonist

Google Tightens Grip For Would Be Adsense Publishers: Introduces New Application Procedure

To this day, Google Adsense remains one of the most profitable and easiest way to monetize a website. Web publishers don’t have to hunt for Advertisers, manage the ad inventory and handle the technical aspects involved in serving advertisements to their visitors. If you have a legitimate site and your site offers value to users, Google Adsense is certainly one of the most feasible way to generate organic revenue.

The biggest advantage of Google Adsense over other advertising programs is that their ad inventory never goes out of stock. So it doesn’t matter where your visitors are coming from. And since these ads are contextually targeted and match closely with the content of your webpage, the conversion ratios are much higher than other CPC or CPM ads, available through other advertising networks.

Click Fraud And Make Money From Adsense Scene in India, Pakistan And China

Sadly, some people are always abusing a system and trying to get rich online as fast as possible.

Worst thing is that some people have created a business out of this and are luring innocent people into make money online scams, in the name of Google Adsense which still remains one of the most trusted   advertising programs on the web.

Check this newspaper clipping and you will understand the saga:


There are basically two ways people from third world countries like India, Pakistan and China are abusing this system.

Case A: You have no idea how to make money online and you see one of these advertisements which come on the Classifiedssection of any Indian newspaper. You call them up and they tell you to contact one of their office executives. When you reach their office, they tell you that you have to register an account with them and pay a one time membership fee. In return, they will create a free website for you and register your account into Google Adsense. Next, they will supply you a huge list of other Adsense members (with email address and contact details), so that you can start working with them and generate cash.

The so called work is nothing but clicking ads on the sites of other members while they click ads on yours. This is nothing but CLICK FRAUD!

ClickFraudReal life example: I have seen these click fraud scams in front of my eyes. People spend 1-2 hours daily on Yahoo messenger (because someone told them that Gmail chat can be traced) and request clicks from other members. This madness continues   until they find that their account has been banned.

They go to the executive but he shows proof that they have received money from Google and this program is genuine. With a heavy heart, victims leave but they don’t forget blaming Google because they think that Google cheated their money. Actually, they have been seasoned to think like that.

Case B:   You see one of these newspaper clippings and call them up. They tell you to join a free seminar and 3 hour workshop on Online revenue generation. You go to the workshop where you are told to register for a one time membership fee. In return, the company will create a free website for you and show you how to generate income within a period of 2-3 months.

Once your site is up and running, you are given a training on how to spam forums and social networking sites in order to generate free traffic to your website. In the eyes of a newbie, these methods are not at all spam because he can’t differentiate between the correct and wrong methods.

The result is that customers sometimes manage to get one or two payments but sooner or later, they are also kicked out from Google Adsense. Why? Because their site is not at all high quality and the content is written by stupid content farms who have specialist writers for every other topic on earth. They can jot down 30 to 40 500 word articles a day, so you can imagine what   a horrible mess is happening out here.

And it’s not that Google is unaware of these things and as a legitimate Adsense publisher, we are lucky that they haven’t imposed a country specific restriction yet.

Upcoming Changes To Adsense Application Process

Google is getting really serious regarding the quality of sites that get accepted into the Google Adsense program. Google has announced in an official blog post that newer Adsense applications will undergo a two step review process. Here is the synopsis:

1. Starting today, newer applications will fall under the new 2 tier review process and Google will perform preliminary checks on each and every site submitted into the Google Adsense program.

2. If everything goes well and the submitted site adheres to Adsense program policies, Google will notify the applicant via email, grant them account access and provide them a sample ad code. This ad code should be implemented on the submitted site, as the review process will be considered incomplete if the ad code is not found on the target website.

3. Live ads won’t immediately appear once the ad code has been placed on the submitted site. Since the application hasn’t been fully approved yet, temporary blank adswill be shown instead.

4. These blank ads will blend in with the background of the page, so users won’t see them and the user experience won’t be impacted. As a result, there’s nothing to click on and thus revenue can’t yet be generated.

5. A final and thorough check will be made on the target site and a final approval decision will be made. This can involve human eyes inspecting your website and judging the quality level or authority so here is a take away point Do not hurry with your submission. Take a deep breath, build a useful resource first and then apply for Google Adsense.

6. Once the final approval is over, blank ads will be automatically replaced with working ads. There is no need to change any code but publishers are welcomed to create new ad units and experiment with other customizations from their Adsense account.

Note to existing Adsense publishers:   Your Adsense account won’t be impacted in any way as these rules are only applicable for new submissions.

Want Your Adsense Application Approved?

If you want your Adsense application approved, here are a few things you should know:

1. Go to Adsense Program policies page and print out the entire Adsense program policy on paper. Read it from top to bottom, and don’t stop until you understand it fully. Wake up the next day and read it again, read it often and if possible – learn it by heart. I mean it.

2. If you have doubts, don’t be shy and post your question in Google Adsense help forum. It is very very important to completely understand each and every program policy first and then go ahead with your application.

3. Get a website under a top level domain. Gone are the days when you could open a free blogspot blog, write 10 blog posts as fast as possible and get accepted into Google Adsense.


5. Thoroughly check your site for broken links and Under constructionpages.

6. Do not write on Porn, gambling, alcoholic or other socially abusive content. You have the full checklist on the program policy page

7. Let your website be at least 8-10 months old before applying for the Adsense program. I am sure there are exceptions but any sooner and there is a high chance you might lose it.

8. There are no shortcuts, schemes or get rich quick thingy on the Internet. Existing Adsense publishers have toiled really hard and made a valuable resource first, so you should also follow the same path.

9. While applying, make sure your street address is in the correct format.

10. Triple check your Payee name because there is no undo after this!

11. Do not involve with third party sites who promise to create an Adsense account for you. You will always play it safe with a clean application.

12. Do not participate in any traffic exchange schemes, stupid partnerships or any fake way of generating traffic. Your site should get traffic on its own, without having to force people to come to your site.

13. Read the program policies again and again and again and again and again. After 3 years of getting accepted into the Adsense program, I still read it every other Sunday.

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Finally: Google Wants Your Help To Identify Scraper Sites And Further Improve Their Algorithm

Scraper sites outranking the source in search results is not a new story.

panda-farmerThis has been one of the biggest problems of Google search, and it appears that no algorithmic update has been able to filter it out yet.

Meanwhile, Panda arrived.

If a site has a high volume of low quality content, lets hammer down the entire tree in one stroke. It’s time to move on to the domain levelinstead of page level- unique theory of Google’s infamous panda algorithmic update.

Honestly, I am not very sure how effective Panda is but without any doubt, I can conclude that this animal is color blind and sees things only in Black and White. Why the hell then scrapers are outranking my page for the content I have written? Okay, I agree that my site may be low quality but then again, this scraper site is a piece of junk and it should NEVER BE RANKED for Christ’s sake.

Before moving on, you may want to take a peek at the following   video where I have showed how scraper sites can beat authority sites who have good backlinks, social mentions, brand awareness and everything else.

I know.

This doesn’t make any sense at all but this is the way it has always been. Panda made things worse! (the wearer knows where the shoe pinches).

Here is another typical scenario when a number of spam sites are outranking a blog post of Matt Cutts, the guy who leads the web spam team at Google.

Algorithmic Changes For Detecting Scraper Sites

Until now, no special attention was given to detect scrapers and imposters who blindly rip off content from RSS feeds. There is only one universal algorithm, which does not make exceptions and it would continue to work on its own, for every other website on earth. This includes scrapers, imposters and blogs running on auto-pilot.

But things are soon going to change.

Matt Cutts just tweeted about a form where Google is requesting webmasters to help Google with the data about scraper sites. The form reads:

Google is testing algorithmic changes for scraper sites (especially blog scrapers). We are asking for examples, and may use data you submit to test and improve our algorithms


This is not to be confused with the webspam report in Google webmaster tools and the public DMCA form for copyright infringement. The data you submit will be used for testing purposes and the observations will be used to improve Google’s algorithm going forward.

Long story short: Google wants to find a pattern that can uniquely identify scraper sites. Millions of websites are born every single day   and it is impossible to scale the web at every instance of time. There should be a formula which will automatically detect scrapers and keep them at bay.


And to devise this algorithmic improvement, Google engineers need data. The more data and real examples they have, the more precisely they can improve their algorithm.

Does that mean Panda is in a way incompetent? A scraper site is a low quality one and it has been 6 months since Panda was released from her cage. If Panda worked the way they thought it would, everything would have been fine by now.

Why Google engineers are requesting data from webmasters around the globe?

Why now?

Refinement? Further improvements? Revisions? Iterations? Trial and error? You name it.

I am just wondering how the web is going to explode, if this new update falls flat on face. The way Panda did, and changed the fate of thousands of webmasters.


Too Much Noise On Your Google Plus Timeline? Practice Ignorance

Ding Dong.

You have 100+ notifications on Google Plus and 569 people have added you to their Google Plus circles.

Mr XYZ has shared a whole bunch of posts with you.

ignoreOvertime, the incoming stream in your Google plus profile might get flooded with updates from people whom you don’t know and neither you have interacted with them earlier, nor you wish to do in near future. Random people keep adding you to their circles for whatever reasons and these notifications just don’t stop. The situation is worse when an unknown person keeps sharing posts with you and your smartphone rings up every other minute “Mr XYZ has shared a post with you.

There are two ways to get over this notification massacre and clean up the incoming timeline on Google Plus – Ignore and Block.

What Happens When you Block Someone on Google Plus

Like every other social site, Google Plus has a blockoption which is equivalent to a DEAD END. Whenever you block someone on Google Plus, the following things happen:

  • They are removed from your circles and extended circles.
  • They won’t be able to see anything you share on your Google Plus profile. If you precisely share a post with a particular person you have blocked earlier, he won’t be able to see it unless you unblock him first and then share the post again.
  • They can’t comment in any of your posts.
  • You won’t see any of their posts in your Google Plus stream.
  • You won’t get notifications of any activity the person may be involved with.
  • You can always unblockthem from your circles page.
  • The person whom you have blocked never gets to know whether you have blocked him or not. Clever!

I don’t want anything to do with this person, ever! If there is a Shift + Delete button on Google Plus, I would probably hit that

If this is your reaction, you should use blockinstead of ignore. You can block specific users from your Google Plus timeline or from your circles page, as shown in the following example screenshots:



What Happens When You Ignore Someone On Google Plus

Ignoring someone on Google Plus is considered a little liberal. Its similar to a semi opaque glass window where people can see you from the other side but you don’t see them from yours. When you ignore someone on Google Plus, the following things happen:

  • You won’t see any of their posts in the incoming stream
  • You won’t get notifications about their activities
  • You won’t see them on your circles page.
  • You can clear the ignoredlist from your circles page.
  • Similar to the Blockoption, people whom you ignore will never get the notification that you have ignored them.

All right, you guys can read my posts and updates but I am just not interested in your activities..   Put on your black goggles by hitting ignorein the notification drop-down or from the incomingstream, as shown below:


The Ignore’ option is similar to Twitter’s followmodel where anyone can follow your updates but you don’t necessarily follow theirs.

Instead of using Block, I would prefer using the ignoreoption to clean up my Google Plus incoming timeline from junk updates. As long as you are not sharing very very personal updates publicly, you should choose ignoreover blockbecause the former keeps your fans while the latter shuts the door on their face.

The following video clearly  explains  the differences between “ignore” and “block” in Google Plus: