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. [...]

Google Retires Latitude, Pushes Google+ Location Sharing Features

With the announcement of the new Google Maps app release today came news that Google will be retiring Latitude in all of its various forms on August 9. The tool that allowed Google Maps users to find friends and share their location will no longer be available. No more Latitude for Google Maps on Android, Latitude for iPhone, Latitude API, Latitude public badge or iGoogle Gadget. The Latitude website at maps.google.com/latitude is also being shut down. Retiring Latitude is part of Google's efforts to push Google+ and the location sharing features now included in Google+ for Android. Whil [...]

+1ed Posts Now Popping Up In The Google+ Stream

google-plus-featured Odds are that if you liked a specific post on Google+, your friends may like it as well. A new Google+ feature will now help make that sharing possible. Over the "next few days" users will begin seeing highlighted posts that others have +1ed, not that they have specifically chosen to share on their own. Not only will you begin seeing highlighted posts from your friends in your feed, but items that you've +1ed will show up in those that have you circled. This sharing can be controlled within your +1 activity settings and can be restricted accordingly. These updates will add more content to [...]

Social Login Shares Saw Little Change In Q2, Janrain Says

janrain logo After a couple quarters of gains, Google's share of social logins across the Web flattened in the second quarter of 2013. Similarly, Facebook's share of social logins also flattened during Q2. But that's a better sign for Facebook, because it had seen its share of social logins drop for two quarters in a row. According to Janrain's latest quarterly report, Facebook still holds 46 percent share of social logins and Google is still second at 34 percent. And the folks at Janrain must've had an easy time putting that chart together, because it's pretty much exactly the same as the cha [...]

Google+ Adds New Website Buttons & Badges On 2nd Birthday

google-plus-2-years Google+ turns two years old today and is marking the occasion with new buttons and badges for websites, along with a few tweaks to its photo features. There's also a special birthday logo that's showing up only on plus.google.com (which you can see at right). As far as the new stuff goes, there's a new "Follow" button for individual Google+ users, as well as a new badge for Community managers. Both come in different sizes and can be customized. Here's what they look like: In addition to those new badges, Google has also updated the existing badges for Pages and Profiles with new [...]

Internal “Google Mine” Google+ Product Sharing Tool Leaked

Google-Mine Google+ currently has some of the strongest social sharing capabilities thanks to the robust Circles feature. this will now extend into sharing what users currently own, or would like to own. Some leaked data uncovered by Google Operating System found that Google may be working on a tool that allows users to easily control products they have or are interested in. An internal only product called "Google Mine" helps users deal with what type of content is shared with specific circles. The intro text to the product states the following: "Google Mine lets you share your belongings with you [...]

Study: Google+ Will Overtake Facebook’s Social Sharing By 2016

google-plus-analytics-featured Google+ is turning 2 years old this month and has seen both solid growth and criticism during these first years. However, all that talk of Google+ ghost town talk could soon be moot according to a recent SearchMetrics study. Not only is Google+ projected to being thriving, but it is also projected to pass Facebook in social shares on February 2016. To generate this data, SearchMetrics looked at comparison of average monthly growth of Facebook "shares" vs. Google "+1s" from the previous 6 months. The study saw that the number of Facebook shares grew roughly 10% per month while Goog [...]

Sleeker Notifications & Cross Platform Sync Make Their Way To Google+

Last week, there was a mini-announcement that some notable notification changes were making their way to Google+. Yesterday, many users received these more streamlined Google+ notification updates. The best part of the new notifications? They will sync cross platform. This means that users who acknowledge a notification on mobile will no longer have their desktop version show that same notification. The repetitive notifications have been a bit of an issue, and these new notifications will eradicate this problem. When a new alert has arrived you will now see a notification bell with a [...]

All In +One: Google+ Dashboard Compiles Important Business Data Into A Unified Location

google-plus-featured Businesses that use Google+ and other Google products have been given the gift of simplicity in the form of a brand new Google+ Dashboard. Companies that leverage Google services like AdWords, Offers, Maps, Local, YouTube and more will now be able to see relevant stats in one Google+ based location. The Google+ Dashboard includes: Update-able information across all Google+ platforms. Companies will have the ability to update their information including: Website URLs store hours phone numbers These changes will work across Maps, Search and Google+. The dashboard [...]

What Do Google+’s Revved Up Image Features Mean For Marketers?

googlePlus Google+ hasn’t been a rousing success outside of the online marketing realm, but you could never accuse Google of not trying. The company is stepping its game up again with the newest G+ update; and this time, they're focusing on photos, videos and even animated images. Facebook is the reigning king of photo sharing, especially since its acquisition of Instagram last year. Brands and celebrities put out a lot of effort on Facebook in their marketing endeavors, and sometimes that even crosses over into Instagram. Despite the noise and spam, people stay with Facebook precisely becaus [...]

Google Glass Diary, Part 6: Using Facebook, Twitter & Google+ In Glass

glass-share-240px Beyond the inherent value of being able to do local search and navigation or do basic informational searches, I believe that Google Glass needs to have a strong social integration if it's going to succeed with average consumers. Way back in part two of this series, I said that Glass needed -- at minimum -- to have Facebook and Twitter apps before Google started sending the device out to the "regular folks" that were chosen as winners in the #ifihadglass contest. Sure enough, Google announced apps from Facebook and Twitter (plus Path, Tumblr and others) during its recent Google I/O conferenc [...]

How To Make The Most Of The Google+ Design Changes

Kia Google Plus cover photo Google announced at Google I/O this month that it's introducing a number of changes to Google+, which mainly affect the site design as well as usability. The two most noticeable changes were probably the cover photo for pages and profiles, which has been enlarged greatly, and the redesigned gchat, which Google has rebranded as Google Hangout (to tie in with the existing Google Hangout video chat). The revised chat layout, which feels a lot more modern than the existing gchat, is also now being slowly rolled out for users to use in Gmail. User profiles in Google Hangout directly link to [...]

Picture Organization, Hashtags & Enhanced Photos Lead New Google+ iOS Update

Google+-iOS Last night, Google released a new version of Google+ that features a heavy dose of photo features. In addition to photo upgrades, the new app will include hashtag support, ability to update profile and cover photos and the addition of Google Offers in the stream. The new app is also now sans Hangouts as the popular messaging service is now a standalone app. The handful of photo changes include auto-enhancements, better organization and support of animations and panoramas. The Auto Enhance feature allows users to quickly touch up photos right from the app, while Auto Highlight will select th [...]

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