Google+ gets a new notifications mascot, 'mark all read' button

Normally we wouldn't make a big deal about such a small change to Google+, but this one's kind of fun. Stick with us here.

A couple days ago the little notification identifier switched from a number (which Facebook appears to have adopted for unread posts, by the way) to a bell with a rather cute smiley face. We'll call him Mr. Jingles, because that's what Google's calling him. Blaze through all of your notifications and click on Jingles, and he does a fun little dance. Yes, we're easily amused. 

Jingles has just hit the Android app for Google+ as well. And along with it comes a new button to mark all of your notifications as read. It looks like a little bar graph, and it's now on the web version of Google+, too. Tap it or click it, and your notifications shall bother you no more. Or, in my case, for the next three seconds. Jingles then appears, applauding your notification-marking ability, and does his little dance.

And, yes, Mr. Jingles is on Google+.

The change is done on the server side, so you don't need an app update or anything. Have fun poking away.


Reader comments

His name is Mr. Jingles ...


Using Chrome as default browser since Chrome 2 came out.
And someone replied with the same "problem" on Mr Jingles G+ page.
Maybe i was in beta testing(i wish) haha. :D

To the tune of Mr. Sandman:

Mr. Jingles,
ringing my phone.
please leave me alone.

A little dance,
the plusses go away.
Then seconds later
Google Plus ruins my day

Why did you go?
just continue to flow.

Please come back before I groan.
Mr. Jingles ringing my phone.

Nexus 4 with NO bell icon (still the number) on my notification bar. Also, my notifications NEVER seem to go away, even after I click on them. Somebody please tell me that I'm missing something super simple to clear these out...

I cannot even mark notifications as "read" or what not via the web interface... A list of ALL of my historical notifications stays at the top right corner dropdown...

Having a Nexus doesn't guarantee you'll get App updates ahead of everyone even Apps from Google. It only means you'll get firmware updates first.

Try Force Closing your G+ App. Worked for me on my Nexus 4 but was possibly a fluke since as the post says, it's done server-side.

I think that once we're updated to version 4.1, Mr. Jingles will appear in our notifications bar!

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Just notice Mr Jingle showed up on my notifications on the web. Off to check my N4.
Yep he's on my n7 as well. Cute little bugger

Once again a large, functional indicator gets replaced with a useless, yet cute-looking characters.

Where's the smartphone platform for adults?

This is actually a step backwards for me. A visual indication of the NUMBER of waiting updates was useful. Mr Jingles is just another a Clippy. Maybe G+ is becoming a kiddie app.

[EDIT] Oops, nevermind. Mr. Jingles can count.

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