Today, Google rolled out new features for Google+. The update includes popular posts, visualization of share data, photo editing & Google Apps to name a few.
Popular Posts – Similar to what Linkedin does with it’s Linkedin Today Top Headlines, “What’s Hot” is now a part of your stream. As you work through your stream, you will notice a “What’s Hot” option with a radio button to scroll through some of the top items being shared on Google+.
Here is an example of What’s Hot from my Stream
Ripples – This is an interesting addition. It is basically a data visualization tool that allows you to track the amount of shares on a post level. Fun Stuff.
Here is an example of Ripples
Google+ Creative Kit – This update combines instagram style filters with the ability to add text and basic editing. This is an interesting update as now it is possible to quickly drive hashtag driven photo contests such as the current #gplushalloween event.
Here is an example from the Creative kit, simply go to photos –> Select your photo until in the light-box option –> Edit –> Creative Kit
Here is the Creative Kit Layout
Google Apps – Finally, Google+ is now available for organizations that use Google Apps. Today, you can manually turn on Google+ for your organization. In addition to all features, some of the unique additions are the ability to share with your organization.
Still no updates on Google+ for brands, although some reports state that it may roll out in November.
Follow Tom Edwards @BlackFin360