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.




Sunday, 16 February 2014

A Breakfast Blow Up - Over The Sharing Line?

It was James Whatly's tasty looking breakfast that blew up on me, not mine.

I got burned on twitter (as "Happening London"), then had a twitter exchange on the dos and don'ts of sharing.

I'm hoping this is a miss-understanding but, I could just be wrong. Maybe the "sharing model" I've set up for happening London is a step too far over the sharing line?

I'll explain here, how contributors posts on Happening London will are intended to be shared and how that fits into the sharing model. I was going to write this post over on happening London, but it's more a question on the ethics of sharing across platforms, so it's ended up here.

After reading this post, please reply with your opinion on this specific sharing model in the comments. I'm particularly interested in the opinions of those people who's content has been re-shared by the page already, but any photographers (related) who are sharing their work on Google+ are more than welcome to chip in.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Google+ Auto Backup From Your Computer - The Good & The Could Be Better

There has been Google+ Photos image & video Auto Backup for mobile devices and Chromebooks for a while, but recently a new stand-alone version of Auto Backup has been offered bundled with the Picasa download for Windows and Mac.

Here are my thoughts about how it performs and how it could be improved in coming updates.