Monday, August 27, 2012

More notification controls added to Google+

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Have an annoying friend or family member in one of your Circles who is always sharing every last detail of their day? Now you can click "mute" from notifications or their profile, and you won't be notified every time they post.

On the other hand, you may have certain Circles whose content you never want to miss. Now you can move that Circle's slider all the way to the right, and you'll get notified via email whenever they share something new.

Finally, the update lets you notify certain Circles via email when you have an important post to share.

"For these select circles, we often have news we really want to share - like getting engaged, or landing a job," Austin Chang from the Google+ team, wrote in a Wednesday post. "In these cases you can now check 'Also send email' when sharing, to help make sure your friends see your message."

Not everyone is so keen on this new feature, however. Some users have expressed concern that it could lead to spamming.

"If I want to see a post, I will see it in my stream," user John Judy wrote in a comment. "I have my email kept private on here because I don't want to get emails from anybody using the service."

The Web giant is rolling out these new features over the rest of the week.

The changes build upon the slider controls Google launched last year to "pump up (or down) the volume" on the frequency with which you see certain peoples' updates. Using the slider tool atop the stream for a particular Circle, you can opt to see more or less from that group.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Google Plus: 8 Quick Tips and Tricks

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Tweak your email notification options. By default, Google Plus will spam your Gmail account with notifications for practically anything involving your new account. You can go to the Google Account options to uncheck all of the ones you don't want to get, thereby reducing your Gmail traffic considerably.
Google Plus profile sharing settings; click for full-size image.Google Plus profile sharing settings.Change your profile's field-sharing settings. Your Google Account has certain basic fields that it can share with anyone--but you don't have to go along with maximum sharing. Open your Google Account Profile and privacy settings, click Edit visibility on profile, and then click the individual profile fields and determine how public you want to make them.
Disable resharing in Google Plus; click for full-size image.Disable resharing in Google Plus.Disable resharing. Google Plus may make it easy for you to segregate who you share your information with, but your connections have no such limitations, meaning that something you share with a select few can still spread like wildfire across your networks. Nevertheless, you can disable resharing of a certain post after posting it: Just click the arrow in the upper-right-hand corner of the post and then click Disable resharing.
Check your Incoming feed. Unlike Facebook, Google Plus lets people share things with you even if you're not following them. Consequently you'll want to check your Incoming feed now and then to see whether you're missing out on anything interesting from someone you don't follow. Think of it as a spam folder that occasionally contains something interesting.
The Your Circles option in Google Plus; click for full-size image.The Your Circles option in Google Plus saves you a few clicks.Use the Your Circles option while sharing. Google Plus's Circles system is great for letting you use your Plus account to set barriers between the various groups of people you want to share things with. If most of what you share on Google Plus isn't especially privacy-sensitive, however, use the Your Circles sharing option to automatically share items with all of your circles and avoid the trouble of clicking each individual circle.
Start some Sparks. In addition to following people, you can search for interesting stuff to share about particular topics in the Sparks section on the side menu of the main page. Click Sparks, and search for things that you're interested in or browse through the featured topics; if you want to pin a search on your sidebar for easy future access, click theAdd Interest button under the search field.
Click through profile pictures. You can easily cycle through other people's profile pics by clicking on them.
Text formatting in Google Plus; click for full-size image.Text formatting in Google Plus.Add some basic formatting. As with Google Talk and Google Buzz, you can add basic text styles to some of your Google Plus text. Paired asterisks (*text*) make bold text, paired underscores (_text_) make italics, and paired dashes (-text-) make strikethroughs.