Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Twitter has Changed - Did You Notice?

Last week twitter made a small change in the way RTs work which you may have seen reported, but it's impact on the character of the platform went generally unnoticed.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Cross Posting Content to Multiple Social Platforms

Cross posting is using an application to post to multiple social platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and or Linkedin for example, all at once.

There are reasons why you may be doing this already. There are also reasons not to.

Here are my personal reflections on cross posting: ultimately it's what works for you.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Your Web Site's Google Social Score - The Google Social Number

After you've linked your Google+ Page to your website you may notice that the number of plus ones displayed on your web site might not match exactly the number of plus ones on your Google+ Page.

If you've been scratching your head about this here's why. 

There are three numbers that make up your Google+ Page's social number.
It's easy to get your head around this once you see all of them on one page

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Nearby in the Google+ mobile App - Now includes posts "about" your location

The "Nearby Stream", which is a special stream viewable on the Google+ mobile App, has up until now only featured posts geo-tagged and published physically near the location you are viewing the nearby stream from. That has now changed.

I was a big fan of the old version of "nearby" on Google+. It has been a way to see public content from people I'm not following.
I would generally dip into "nearby" once or twice a day to see what was going on.

So seeing Reg Saddler's post at the top of my nearby stream (in Cologne Germany) was somewhat of a surprise.

The post (pictured) has no geo-tagging at all and was almost certainly posted on desktop. No geo-location information either for the post, or the attached image.

So what's it doing in nearby? 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Bigger images & other goodies for shared links on Google+

Shared links on Google+ are now much more visual!

This doesn't happen for all shared links.

The linked page has to be correctly marked up and as +Gerwin Sturm demonstrates the image chosen has to be big enough: 507px or more will do it. Smaller and the share falls back visually to the older version.