Welcome back to another weekly recap of everything new happening in and around the world of Google. With all the recent releases of products and updates, you would think that Google would pump the brakes a little bit. Compared to the last few weeks, this may be the case, but that in no way means that there are no highlights from the past 7 days!
New Google Plus Features
Google’s +1 button Will Start to Recommend Content
Google Plus’ signature +1 button integrated with websites across the net is now given the ability to make recommendations for additional content on the same site that you may find enjoyable.
By simply hovering over the +1 icon on any website using the +1 button, the user will be given other choices of similar content from the same site and be able to click those links as well. This could be a groundbreaking feature for blog/article sites looking to increase traffic to certain areas of their site. Instead of having users actively search for similar posts, the +1 button now does that step for you.
Google Maps Now Mapping US Museums
Google Maps has not slowed down one bit with their constant updates to their product, as well as expanding what can and will be mapped! The most recent development was the announcement that the floor-plans of 20 of the nation’s museums are now available via Google Maps.
One of the first things museum goers grab when they visit a museum is the map of all of the exhibits. Google has realized the potential of adding these maps to their database and have already made the maps available on any Google Map Android App. On any Android device, just search for the museum that you plan on visiting in the Google Maps App, and the map of the entire museum will be available to you at your fingertips!
Merging Profiles on Google Plus Now Available
Google Plus’ new tool, Takeout, is specifically designed for users to combine both their personal Google Plus account with their business account or any other account that they use. The purpose for this tool, if you choose to use it, is to simplify Google Plus for any users who have multiple accounts.
All circles from both previous accounts will be implemented into the new one, and any followers that a user may have had on either account will be automatically redirected to the new one. A fact that may deter some users into using this tool, is that there is a 7 day waiting period before the transfer takes place, as well as a 48 hour wait while the transfer occurs. Hopefully in the near future Google will attend to this issue, but for now it seems to be a solid first step in the ability to join Google Plus accounts. You can read more about Takeout here.
Google Plus News
Google Plus Makes the Transition to iPad
Google has just upgraded its Google Plus app for the iPhone and has rolled out the red carpet to have the app now available to be used on any iPad!
The navigation through the app has been waxed down to make it much more streamlined, and when viewed on the iPad users say it reads more like an interactive magazine rather than a social media app. The big news that goes hand-in-hand with the new app availability, is of course the implementation of Hangouts with the iPad. Apple has previously only had FaceTime, a one-on-one video chat feature, available to users. Now, with the new Google Plus app, users can video chat with up to 9 people using their iPad or iPhone! check out the video above to learn more.
Thanks for stopping in this week, and we will be back in 7 days with another weekly recap of the Googleverse!