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Google+ Updates Cover Photo, Tabs and More!

It seems like every social media site is changing their “look” in recent weeks! Pinterest is in the process of changing their design and and now Google+ updates have just been released. With all the changes, comes a scrabble from businesses and organizations to update their pages to accommodate these changes. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve compiled the Google+ updates you need to be aware of to stay ahead of the game. If you need any help feel free to contact us here at SocialNicole!

Google+ Updates:

1. Bigger Cover Photo and Profile Picture Change: The image below shows you just how much extra space you now have for your cover photo. Google recommends new cover photos be a maximum size of 2120px by 1192px and display in 16×9 when expanded. With more space there’s more room for creativity. So spend some time updating your photo and helping your brand image shine through. Also to note is the fact that the Profile Picture is now a circle. Make sure you craft and image that displays your logo correctly and fits with this new design. Google+ Helper has also gathered 10 cover images to help guide you find some inspiration as your navigate the new layout.

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2. Your “About” tab is about to split: Now there are four separate parts of your about tab. As you can see, there will be a People, Story, Links and Contact box. With this make things more organized, efficient or easy to use? We shall see. On the privacy issue, Google says that you will still be able to choose who sees what in your “About” section.

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3. Your “Local” tab gets more personal: Similar to Graph Search attempting to change the way we find restaurants  theaters and more Google+ has changed the “Local” tab to include reviews, recommendations and ratings. This could be a great feature assuming that people in your “Circles” actually review and rate. If not, then it could become obsolete.

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Although these updates won’t come out all at once, but rather gradually, be sure to check your page/profile for them!

So what are your thoughts on the Google+ Updates? Do you like them, think their necessary or more user-friendly? Share your thoughts below!

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