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Google has some great new improvements in the works for Google+, and today they let us know we'll be getting them soon -- as in before New Year's Day.  Starting to roll out in the "next few days", we'll be seeing changes to the way notifications look and feel, which posts are shown in your main stream, a new photo lightbox display, and changes to the way Google+ Pages are administered.

Notifications (that red box you see in the new Google bar) are being improved so that you'll have a preview of what's new instead of just a notice that it's there.  A welcome change, especially if you reply to posts from folks who quickly hit the 500 comment limit.

Google is adding a way to fine-tune what type of posts are shown in your main stream, with a slider for each user you've circled.  This should allow better control, and it's a great idea that many have been asking for.  Let's face it -- some users post a lot of content you just don't want to see.  It will be interesting to see how they pull this one off.

The photo lightbox -- the page that's shown when you click a photo from your stream -- has been enhanced, with a new look as well as the way comments and options are presented to users.  Since Google+ is a great way to share photos, making the way they are displayed to you and I is a pretty big deal.  Looking forward to this one myself.

Finally, Google+ Pages, accounts for businesses and websites like +Android Central, have had tweaks that webmasters and managers will welcome.  Up to 50 people will be able to administrate the account, a new notification system will help keep admins more in-the-loop about content, and new tools will be provided to see just who is interacting with your stream. 

These look like great improvements, and several of them should trickle down to the Google+ mobile app -- like filtering your stream.  The Google+ team looks to have had a busy fall, and we're about to see the results.  Be sure to visit the link to check out a couple videos and learn more.

Source: Google

 

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Google announces welcome improvements to Google+ are coming before the New Year

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Yes it is, And I called this yesterday in the the Big Tease post.

While everyone else was posting nonsense about ICS on toaster-ovens and everything else, the mere fact that it was leaked on G+ should have been your clue that it was only going to amount to a few tweaks to G+.

Nothing to see here folks, move along please.

This isn't the announcement they teased yesterday. That was something equally as disappointing (Ninjas). No mention of when mobile hangouts are going to be available in here though...

Google~ is a great way to share photos only if you want to give them the rights to use them....

"You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services."

*Sigh* These are not what I was hoping for. I knew that what they were teasing about was going to involve updates to G+, and I was really looking forward to it, except that these updates do nothing for me. Why is Google not trying to integrate Google Groups and Google Calendar into Google+? They already have the products. I don't even care if they're not fully integrated, just let me go into Google Calendar and invite a G+ circle/friend to an event, or let me see upcoming events or google group posts in my stream. These are two of the three reasons I'm having difficulty convincing my friends to get G+ (the third is everyone is on facebook and no one is on G+).

this is funny how google is beating facebook to death and the fact that google +(site,app) has been out just in couple months , and facebook ( site,app) has been there for years.... lol

I dunno about you, but almost none of my friends post to google+. Yes they may have google+ accounts because they're on gmail, but until people regularly post to and use google+, the service is basically meaningless. Don't get me wrong, I like the features, but I still don't have any reason to use it. Maybe if there was an easy way to post to both facebook and google+ from one interface then it might encourage people.

this is funny how google is beating facebook to death and the fact that google +(site,app) has been out just in couple months , and facebook ( site,app) has been there for years.... lol