I’ve been soaking up the new (fancy) features of Google+, and have some exciting reports to share. Get ready for an awesome new experience with Google+ added tags, new Hashtag Tab, an improved chat (and video chat) functionality in Hangouts, impressive multi-column layout, optimized content stream and pictures now powered by Google+ auto-awesome.
Hashtags, galore! Google+ is giving you more.
Check out the new hashtag tab on your Google+ posts, where the topic of your post will be AUTOMATICALLY grouped with similar posts by way of the all mighty #hashtag.
Check it out:
The New Hashtag Tab
For example, consider this:
In this post, it made use of the #io13 hashtag. With todayâ€™s design update, that hashtag in turn is now used in a new tab along the top right of the post.
If you click on that hashtag button, a new related area appears above the post box, while the post itself â€śflipsâ€ť to show the first related post. You can continue to flip through more related posts.
Sometimes, youâ€™ll also see related hashtags, allowing you to explore other subjects:
Post that contain more than one hashtag get more than one hashtag button, though only one will show (which is selected isnâ€™t clear):
If you hover, you can click to select another hashtag:
Google + also rolled out an entirely revamped layout design that is friendly for all devices with media able to appear fully within the content stream, delightful animations and a multi-column layout. (See, super fancy!)
The new #hashtag system will also play a major role in the optimization and relevance of your Google + content stream. By thisÂ implementationÂ the content in your stream will remain more relevant to your interests and shared topics.
Explained Further Here:
“Other sites let you scroll through stuff thatâ€™s been shared with you, but itâ€™s nearly impossible to read more about a particular topic. You can move up and down the page (like a never-ending newspaper), but you canâ€™t â€śgo deeperâ€ť on your interests. Weâ€™d like to do better, so today weâ€™re adding related hashtags to the stream.”
New Google+: Stream, Hangouts, and Photos
Technology works best when it gets out of the way, and lets people do what makes them happiest: living, learning and loving. Thatâ€™s why, when we started the Google+ projectÂ nearly two years ago, we aimed to bring real-life sharing to software. We wanted to forget about tools, and focus on each other. And it seems to be working.
Consider: 190 million people are now active in the Google+ stream, and 390 million are active across Google (+1â€™ing apps in Google Play, making video calls in Gmail, sharing videos from YouTube…). Itâ€™s a community of artists and astronauts and computer scientists and quilters â€” and itâ€™s awesome. But weâ€™ve only just begun.
Today weâ€™re taking another step towards real-life sharing with enhancements in three key areas: Stream, Hangouts and Photos.
Stream: modern design, multiple devices, more to explore
These days people increasinglyÂ move between devices. So to build software that builds real relationships, you need a simple and beautiful experience across mobile and desktop. We’ve worked hard to make our phone and tablet appsÂ intimateÂ andÂ immersiveÂ â€” today we’re just improving them further and adapting their design for the web, including:
- A multi-column layout.Â Youâ€™ll see one, two, or three columns of content depending on your screen size and orientation.
- Awesome-sized media.Â Photos and videos can fill the entire width of the stream, making it easier to scan, and nicer to look at.
- Delightful animations.Â The sharebox bounces, the menus slide, and the cards flip and fade â€” just to name a few.
Photos: your darkroom is now a Google data center
Great pictures arenâ€™t taken, theyâ€™re made. And itâ€™s the making part that many of us donâ€™t have time for. We’d all love to have photos that capture our vacations and birthdays and anniversaries the way we remember them. But wonderful images require lots (and lots) of work.
We think everyone should be able to make beautiful photos, so today weâ€™re launching a set of initiatives aimed at improving your photos automatically â€” basically your camera, plus Googleâ€™s cloud. Hereâ€™s a few things youâ€™ll enjoy once your pictures are powered by Google:
- Auto BackupÂ (aka Instant Upload). Too many pictures stay stranded on the phone, so with your permission, weâ€™ll automatically back up your mobile pics as you snap them. Everyone receives unlimited free storage at standard size (2048px), and 15GB of free storage at full size (up from 5GB).
- Auto Enhance.Â Taking a good photo and making it great is a task generally reserved for professional photographers. Thatâ€™s why, for example, we continue to support and improve tools like theÂ Nik Collection. For everyone else weâ€™re introducing Auto Enhance: a new way to improve brightness, contrast, saturation, structure, noise, focus… and dozens of other factors automatically. Simply upload some photos, then open the lightbox to see Google’s enhancements. And thatâ€™s it. (And of course: you can undo the changes at any time.) Hereâ€™s someÂ sample imagesÂ to get you started.
- Auto Awesome.Â Sometimes weâ€™ll create a brand new image based on a set of photos in your library. For example: if you upload a sequence of photos, weâ€™ll try and animate them automatically. Or if you send us a few family portraits, weâ€™ll find everyoneâ€™s best smile, and stitch them together into a single shot. Likewise with panoramas, filmstrips, and a whole lot more. We call these kinds of enhancements Auto Awesome.
Hangouts: conversations that last, with the people you love
- Messaging is richer, and more responsive.Â Photos and emoji make conversations more fun, while real-time activity indicators really bring them to life.
- Your conversations can last.Â With conversation history, you can swipe back in time and relive all your favorite moments. (You can also turn off history, if you want.)
- No more annoying notifications.Â Once you see a notification on one device, we’ll clear it from your other Android devices and computers. You can also snooze notifications when you don’t want to be interrupted.
- You can always say hello, face-to-face-to-face.Â Whether youâ€™re 1-on-1 or with a group of friends, you can always make a free video call to everyone you’re with.
- The app is available in lots of places.Â You can download Hangouts fromÂ Google Play, theÂ App Store, and theÂ Chrome Web Store. Itâ€™s also part of Gmail and Google+.
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