Google+ Hits 300 Million Active Monthly “In-Stream” Users, 540 Million Across Google

google+ logo As expected, Google touted the growth of its "social layer" Google+ during a special event today that also saw the introduction of 18 new features. The big numbers that Google talked about are as follows: 540 million monthly active Google+ users: This is the number of people with Google accounts that interact with Google+ each month in some way on any Google property. That could include leaving a comment on a blog or website that has Google+ comments embedded, commenting on YouTube, or clicking the +1 button on an article or some other web content. Here's the chart Google used showing [...]


Google+ Gains Auto Awesome Movie Maker; Hangouts Get SMS Support & More

Google has announced three new Google+ "Auto Awesome" photo features: Action, Eraser and an iMovie Trailers-like Auto-Awesome Movie tool. The Google+ Hangouts app for Android also gains location sharing, animated GIF support and SMS integration. Google+ Hangouts On Air gain landing pages and a new "Control Room" menu. [caption id="attachment_63350" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Summary slide from the close of today's Google+ event[/caption] These, as well as new Google+ user figures and other changes, were announced during an event the company held with local tech press, as well as se [...]


Google Announces “A Morning With Google+” Event Tomorrow

google-plus-red-128 Google has announced plans for a live event tomorrow that'll be about Google+ and -- of course -- streamed lived on Google+. But if you're looking for details, good luck. The announcement only says, "The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates" and links to this page where the live stream will happen. It's set to begin at 9:30 am PT. It's been a while since Google has shared Google+ usage numbers, so that's one possibility -- perhaps along with new features? Keep in mind, too, that Facebook will be sharing its latest usage numbers on Wednesday when its latest quarterly earnings [...]


Google+ Pages Get New Communication Manager Role

google-plus-featured Google+ product manager John Kilcline announced today Google+ pages now have a new Communications Manager role. According to Kilcline's post, anyone selected as a Google+ page Communication Manager can post content, reply to Google+ page followers and use the Communities and Events features, but will not be able to edit pages, managers, or any connected YouTube channels. "Many brands and businesses have employees who focus on audience engagement - from posting content, to answering questions, to just keeping things fun," writes Kilcline to explain the new role's purpose. He goes on to cl [...]


Google Launches Media Tools Website For Journalists

Google Logo - basic featured Google released a new site this week geared toward media outlets and journalists. The new site offers an extensive set of Google Media Tools, all neatly assembled into one place. According to Google, the site is a "Starting point to tap into Google's suite of digital tools that can enhance news gathering and exposure across television, radio, print and online." With overviews, tips, and "Getting Started" links for each tool, the website is arranged into six categories: Gather and Organize, Engage, Visualize, Publish, Develop and Additional Resources. From the 'Gather and Organize' [...]


Google+ Drives A Fraction Of The Referral Traffic That Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter Do [Report]

google-plus-featured Google+ is driving a fraction of the referral traffic to publisher sites that Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites are. That's the main takeaway from an annual report released today by Shareaholic, makers of social sharing buttons and widgets that the company says are used by 200,000 publishers. The report covers September 2012 -- when Shareaholic last published network sharing data -- through September 2013. According to Shareaholic, Google+ has consistently driven less than one-tenth of one percent (> 0.1%) of all referral traffic to its publishers over the past [...]


No, Eric Schmidt’s Face Isn’t All Over Google+ In Protest Over Shared Endorsement Ads

Google Protest It sounded huge. Angered by Google expanding the use of social profile information in advertising, Google+ users were changing their profile pictures to that of Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt in protest. So went several reports. The reality is practically no one is doing this. For the few who are, good news. Google's rules about profiles probably allow you to continue. Google's Shared Endorsements Ads Expand On Friday, Google announced that it would be expanding the use of "Shared Endorsements" in ads. Google already had been using the pictures and names of people who make use of its [...]


FAQ: All About Google’s New “Shared Endorsement” Ads

On November 11, Google is expanding the use of "Shared Endorsements" in ads, where people's images and the things they like, comment on, rate or have reviewed through the Google+ social network can be used. Here's the rundown on how it works and how it differs from what Google already does. Doesn't Google already use social info in its ads? Yes. That's one of the most confusing things about today's announcement. For over two years, Google has allowed advertisers to show if people like their content within ads. Below is a March 2011 example of how Google explained that advertisers could in [...]


YouTube Comments Soon To Get The Google+ Treatment

youtube-google-plus-featured Youtube announced today a new commenting platform "powered" by Google+, with video comments soon to be sorted by relevancy versus how recently a comment was posted. According to the announcement, comments from the video's creator, popular personalities, and Google+ connections will appear at the top of  a comment list, along with discussions about the video. YouTube says users will begin seeing Google+ comments in their channel discussion tabs as early as this week, with updates to the comment platform rolling out later this year. Other updates to YouTube comments include the ability [...]


Google Is Fixing Follower Counts Bug On Google+ Dashboards

google-plus-logo-tilt If the dashboard for your Google+ Page is showing that you suddenly have zero followers, two things: 1.) You're not alone. 2.) Google knows about the problem and is working on a fix. I started noticing the bug yesterday: All Google+ Pages that I manage are showing that they have zero followers. It's happening only on the main Dashboard page for all of my Pages (plus.google.com/dashboard), as well as the dashboard pages for each individual Page. The Pages themselves show the correct follower number, so users aren't seeing the bug, only Page owners see it in the dashboard view. Here's [...]


Improved Audience Interaction: Google+ On Air Hangouts Get Slick Q&A Upgrade

Launch Post Image - Final Today Google+ Hangouts On Air relieved some impressive updates that will help fuel interaction and interactivity. The new feature has been dubbed the lengthy "Live Q&A for Hangouts On Air " moniker and allows the presenter to view and answer questions in a format that allows others to follow along. Presenters will now be able to select questions to answer and allow users to follow along on-screen. Questions can be solicited from up to one million concurrent viewers - not just those who are onscreen. Participating users can also vote on questions that they would like to see answered. [...]


Embedded Posts & Automatic Authorship Attribution Arrive On Google+

Copy of si_embedded_post Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, two major enhancements were announced for Google+ that are geared toward bolstering sharing and making authorship attribution easy. The one commonality between the two updates? They work outside of Google+, one change affects webmasters and the other can been seen within the Search Engine Results Pages. Embedded Posts On the heels of Facebook yet again, all Google+ posts can now be embedded onto a third party site. To embed a post, simply find the post on Google+ and select the "Embed post" from the drop=down menu. You can then copy the code and paste onto your w [...]


Buffer Adds Google+ Posting For Business Pages

buffer google plus Buffer announced today that social media managers can now schedule and post directly to their Google+ business pages.  According to the increasingly popular social media management company, the ability to post to Google+ was the number one requested feature among users for nearly 2 years. Google has not made the API available for personal pages, so the integration, at this point, is limited to business pages only. Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich told TechCrunch that Buffer "hopes to be first in line" if Google opens the API for personal pages. Buffer already supports Twitter, Facebook, Li [...]


Questions On Google Authorship? Google Shares Some Answers

google-g-logo-2012 Trying to figure out how Google Authorship works? Google has a new post out today answering a few tricky questions such as how to deal with mascots (sorry, they don't get authorship) and what types of pages can have authorship appear in Google's search listings. Read more in Google's post and also see our longer recap on Search Engine Land: Google Provides FAQ About Authorship, From Blocking To No Mascots. Also, to learn more about authorship, check out our The Definitive Guide To Google Authorship Markup article and some of these related stories, as well: Author Rank, Authors [...]


Translate+: Posts And Comments Can Now Be Translated Within Google+

Google+Translate A nifty new feature has been released today for Google+, the integration of Google Translate onto Google+ posts and comments. This new feature will allow users who are viewing content different from their language preferences to translate the content. Google+ users will view a "translate" button underneath content that has been posted in a foreign language. When the translate button is pressed the text will be updated instantly in-line. Users can update their language preferences in their account settings. For more information see the Google+ post from Ed Chi, Staff Research Scientis [...]


Google Adds Location Sharing Features To Google Maps & Releases Google+ For Android Updates

Google+-iOS After retiring Latitude earlier this month, Google announced today that they have added location sharing features to the Google Maps app. Users can now share "pin-point" or "city-level" locations, and filter which of their connections can see a location by selecting Google+ circles. Along with the new Google Map location sharing updates, Google+ for Android has new features as well: With a few taps, users can now switch between Google+ accounts without having to sign out of one account before signing into another. Also, any Google+ pages managed by a user are available from the [...]


With Its Site Down, New York Times Publishes On Twitter & Facebook, Ignores Google+

newyorktimes-logo It's not unusual for people and companies to turn to social media in times of crisis, but the New York Times did so today with a twist. The paper's website (and internal email system) was offline for a couple hours and, as you might expect, it turned to Twitter to let readers know about the outage. The Times also continued to post short news updates to Twitter, but without links since the website was offline. Egypt's state news services report that the death toll from the nationwide clashes has reached 149. — New York Times World (@nytimesworld) August 14, 2013   Meanwhile [...]


Social Media Use Growing Among Fortune 500 List With 77% Tweeting & 70% On Facebook

social-media-colors-featured An annual report from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth evaluating the social media activity of Fortune Magazine's Fortune 500 list found that 34 percent of this year's Fortune 500 companies are now actively blogging, 77 percent maintain active Twitter accounts, 70 percent have Facebook pages and 69 percent have YouTube accounts. This year marks the largest increase in the number of Fortune 500 companies currently blogging since 2008. According to previous reports, only 16 percent of Fortune 500 companies were blogging five years ago. Now, 171 companies on the Fortune 500 list publish a [...]


Facebook Well Ahead Of Google, Yahoo In Social Logins [Gigya]

In addition to its social sharing data, Gigya has also shared social login statistics that are aggregated from its client base of more than 700 brands. During Q2 2013 (April-June), Facebook was the dominant platform, with 52 percent of all social logins. Google was a healthy second with 24 percent, and Yahoo a solid third at 17 percent. Gigya says the current data represents big gains for Google over the past couple years. Gigya's social login data is similar in the media/publishing category, where Facebook (44 percent), Google (28 percent) and Yahoo (21 percent) are the top login pr [...]


Gigya: Only 2 Percent Of Social Sharing Happens On Google+

google-plus-featured Despite a reportedly growing user base, Google+ isn't popular when it comes to sharing content on social networks. A new report from Gigya says that only two percent of social sharing happened on Google+ in Q2 of this year (April-June 2013). That's a fraction of the sharing that took place on Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest, Gigya says. Those same three sites -- Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest -- are the top sharing destinations from both media/publishing sites and e-commerce sites, too. But in the latter category, e-commerce, Pinterest is actually the top sharing destination. [...]


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