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Google Hangouts For Android Gets Smarter, Adds Video Filters And More. Google’s Hangouts app for Android is getting a major update today, as the company’s VP of Product for Google+ Bradley Horowitz announced at the LeWeb conference in Paris this morning.

Google Hangouts For Android Gets Smarter, Adds Video Filters And More

Some of these new features are mostly just fun, but a couple of others actually make the service easier to use and show a first glimpse at Google’s future plans for this service. Among the fun new features are 16 new sticker pages and a couple of Easter eggs (just type “woot” or “happy birthday” into a chat to see what those look like after you’ve installed the update).

On the visual side, you can also now apply filters to your video chats (think sepia, vignette, black and white, etc.). Those are fun little features, but what’s more important in this update is that Hangouts is also getting smarter. When somebody now asks you where you are, Hangouts will automatically prompt you to share your location. Your contacts will also now show a “last seen” timestamp so it’s clear when somebody is online. How To Optimize Google My Business for Success. Britt Klontz is a PR Consultant at Distilled, a creative online marketing agency.

How To Optimize Google My Business for Success

If you’re already a Google Plus pro, you know how powerful the platform can be as a community builder for your brand. The same goes for Google Local, Google Analytics and YouTube pros. In the past, however, being an expert on just one of these platforms hasn’t guaranteed competence with any of the others, let alone that you’d have the time and energy to manage all of them successfully. A Gift to Google+ on Its Third Birthday: No More Facebook Comparisons. Google+ turns 3 years old on Saturday, a birthday the service is celebrating with little fanfare (if at all).

A Gift to Google+ on Its Third Birthday: No More Facebook Comparisons

Google didn't make any major announcements or release any special features to commemorate the moment. Google+ didn't even rate an appearance at Google I/O, the company's biggest tech conference, which wrapped up on Thursday. Google, for whatever reason, seems to be content to let the event pass. The birthday is just happening: another year older, another year wiser. That's why I believe Google+ deserves a special gift from the rest of us: Let's stop comparing it to Facebook. For three years, we've been trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

Part of the problem is our perception of Google+. Google+ is many things: a username and password combo that identifies you across a number of Google-related products, a profile page where you engage with your friends, a limitless possibility of creative, highly specialized Circles to join. This (mis)perception isn't entirely our fault. Google+ Insight Reports: Visibility, Engagement, Audience Data. How to Host a Google Hangout On Air. 'I'm Not Very Social': Sergey Brin Admits His Google+ Mistake.

How to Create a Google+ Community to Grow Your Business. Google+ Marketing Tactics, How to Promote Your Content on Google+ Social Media Examiner. Do you use Google+ for business?

Google+ Marketing Tactics, How to Promote Your Content on Google+ Social Media Examiner

Are you wondering how to promote your content on Google+? To learn about Google+ tactics that are available to marketers, I interview Lynette Young for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast. More About This Show The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner. It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing. The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Lynette Young, author of Google+ for Small Businesses. Lynette shares why she got hooked on Google+, and how businesses can use the tools available to succeed on the platform. 13 Google+ Tools to Improve Your Marketing. Oculus CTO Talks Facebook in the Comments of a Random Tumblr Post. John Carmack, the former cofounder of id Software and chief technology officer of Oculus VR, said he believes Facebook — which just acquired his company for $2 billion — gets the "big picture" of virtual reality.

Oculus CTO Talks Facebook in the Comments of a Random Tumblr Post

Carmack expressed his opinion on the acquisition in the comments section of a Tumblr post by Peter Berkman, a Brooklyn-based musician for electronic group Anamanaguchi. His most revealing note was that he wasn't expecting an acquisition this soon. "I wasn't personally involved in any of the negotiations — I spent an afternoon talking technology with Mark Zuckerberg, and the next week I find out that he bought Oculus," Carmack wrote. "Honestly, I wasn't expecting Facebook (or this soon). I have zero personal background with them, and I could think of other companies that would have more obvious synergies. Carmack was hired as Oculus VR's CTO in August, though he has been involved with the company since its early days.

Google+ Pages Show Total Profile, Post and Photo Views. In an effort to shrug off its “ghost town” reputation, Google today updated Google+ with total content views for profiles and pages.

Google+ Pages Show Total Profile, Post and Photo Views

On any page, you’ll notice the new figure underneath the user’s profile photo, just next to where their follower count is displayed. It includes the total number of views for their posts, photos and profile page. Clearly, this is a move to prove once and for all what the level of user engagement is like on Google+. Of course, that number will fluctuate depending on how many followers you have, how often you publish and the popularity of your posts. Nevertheless, it’s an important metric which could prove the success or failure of the social network – and also indicate whether brands should persevere with it. Finally, it’s worth noting that you can hide this figure at any time under your Google+ account settings, with the check-box labeled “show how many times your profile and content have been viewed.” - Health News. 16 Blogging Resources to Improve Your Blog. Do you blog regularly?

16 Blogging Resources to Improve Your Blog

Are you looking for tools to make the process easier? Blogging is hard work and it takes a lot of time to do it well. Wouldn’t it be great if you could streamline parts of that process? In this article, you’ll find a list of tools, apps and advice you can use to find your groove and take care of blogging business. #1: Brainstorm Blogging Ideas. 3 Google+ Tools That Take Your Marketing to a New Level Social Media Examiner. Do you know you need to focus more on Google+?

3 Google+ Tools That Take Your Marketing to a New Level Social Media Examiner

Are you having a hard time building your community on Google+? In this article I’ll tell you about 3 tools to build your presence on Google+ and get more value for your business. #1: Friends+Me—Distribute Google+ Content to Other Platforms Friends+Me automatically shares content from Google+ to other social networks by checking your Google+ business page and/or personal profile at regular intervals. If new posts are found, they’re reposted to any social networks you’ve associated with Friends+Me.

Friends+Me has some excellent configuration options available, but you’ll need to spend some time setting them up.