Google Plus Announces New Updates; Enables Multiple Administrators for Google+ Pages

Google has just announced a list of new improvements and changes for its Google+ social network. Google Plus Engineer, David, says that the   Google Plus team have been closely going through all the feedback provided by its users on the network, and these new improvements are the most highly requested features by the users.

Horowitz had this to say in a Google+ post earlier today –

I’m really thrilled to announce new features and functionality, all of which will be rolling out in the next day or so… These aren’t bells-and-whistles, but really deep improvements that I’m sure you are going to love.

The team knocked it out of the park… Huge congrats and thanks to the many folks who really gave of themselves to make this pre-holiday mega-launch possible. (I hope they find a moment to recharge during the holidays, because we have some awesome stuff planned for 2012!)

Enjoy, and as usual, tell us what you think so that we can learn, improve and adapt accordingly.  #seasonforshipping

Simple Slider to Control the Stream

Noise filter is one of the highly requested features on Google Plus. Many users complained that they don’t have enough controls over their streamline.

With an aim to help you keep track of everything important shared on the network, Google has decided to add “fine-grained controls that will enable you to ‘graphic-equalize’ and fine-tune your stream.” With a simple slider (on the top-right of the stream) you will be allowed to control the volume of posts that are shared in the main Google+ stream from each contact or a circle.

Whit this, you can then determine how much of content from that specific circle or person will appear in your main stream. This will stop heavy posters from surpassing everyone else on your stream, and you won’t miss anything that is important.

Google + Multiple Admins

Google+ Pages were announced very recently, and looking at all of the feedback provided by users, majority of them requested for multiple administrators or “Managers” to the pages. Companies and organizations with a Google+ Page can now add up to 50 administrators, with notifications, and more. The notification system will enable all administrators to keep up with the activities and conversations on the side –

“We’ll now show on aggregated count of users that have engaged with your page, either by +1′ ing it or by adding it to a circle. This way, both you and your page’s visitors can get an at-a-glance summary of who is interacting with your page. ”

Along with this, Google also announced that Page administrators (“Managers”) will be provided with elements of statistics showing the involvement of users clicked on +1’s, page interactions, adding the page to their circles, and so on. Both the administrator and the page visitors can get an at-a-glance summary of who is interacting with your page.

New Photo Lightbox

The redesigned and improved Lightbox will make viewing of photos a better experience on Google Plus. The Lightbox has got an improved navigation, enhanced comments, full screen photo views (like the Facebook style), jump between photos with the bird’s eye view, and many more. Along with all these, Google Plus has made tagging more intuitive. You can easily tag and label your friends in your photos.

Another small improvement is the redesign of the little red notification indicator on the top-right of the screen – on the Google Bar. The new indicator is designed to give a slightly longer sneak-preview of new updates. Google says that they have polished these notifications and made a few other meaningful improvements too, including the ability to see the +1’s and shares your posts have received since you last checked.

All of these features will be rolled out to all users on the network in the next couple of days, and the Google+ team hopes that its user would find these changes useful this Christmas season and beyond. What do you think of the new features? Let us know by adding your comment below.

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Joel Fernandes

Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.