Google announced just yesterday a new form of ads for businesses. +Post ads will run on Google Display Network, giving businesses a whole new way to interact with their prospects. Many folks have pointed out that it looks like Google is getting ready to serve ads on Google+. Not exactly. As Mashable has reported, Google+ ads will run outside the network. Things could always change. For the time being, these ads will be available to a limited number of businesses.
We have all seen those very long posts on Google+. Some folks are so passionate about using G+ that they share very long posts with their fans all the time. Now Google shows you how long those kinds of posts are so you can decide whether you have time to read them:
Google Operating System has the story.
See what happens when you post too many photos to Google+? You get an error like this. With over 20k posts, I have managed to hit this limit. It seems Google+ creates a new album for every photo that you upload. That means if you have 20k posts with 20k photos you have uploaded manually, you are going to have 20k albums. Thankfully, the issue is going to be fixed soon. Nice to know that you can get quick help on Google+ for almost anything.
We have known for a while that YouTube comments are changing. Google is finally rolling out the new YouTube commenting system. Comments are going to be ordered by relevance. This YouTube video shows what you can expect:
We first heard about Google Helpouts a couple of months ago. Google has now officially launched the service to allow people to share their knowledge with others and hopefully monetize effectively:
Today, we’re announcing Helpouts—a new way to get and give help over live video. Our goal is simple: help people help each other. We want to use the convenience and efficiency of the web to enable everyone, no matter where they are or what time it is, to easily connect with someone who can help. [...] Once you’re in a Helpout, you can do more than just talk—you can share your computer screen, collaboratively edit a presentation, or record your Helpout. And if the experience doesn’t meet your expectations, we offer a full money back guarantee.
With Helpouts, you decide who you get help from based on their qualifications. If you are not satisfied with your experience, Google will give you your money back. It is an exciting idea but let’s hope people won’t abuse it.
Google Glass Explorers can now share their fun with their friends. Those lucky to own one of these glasses can now invite three friends to join the Explorer program. Some are already getting their invitation to the program. Lucas Freeman is just one of many who will be getting a chance to try this cool piece of technology.
Did you get yours? If anyone has an invitation to spare, I’d be grateful.
Many of us finally have the chance to get a custom URL on Google+. After being active on Google+ since its early days, I finally got that option yesterday. But could Google charge us for these custom URLs? I can’t imagine that happening but Search Engine Roundtable’s story suggests Google is keeping its options open:
I simply can’t see this ever happening. But who knows. Maybe Google will surprise us.
Google is going to announce a few exciting things today, at least I hope so. Here is what Google had to say about the event:
The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.
This is expected to be a major announcement. We will surely get some usage numbers. That’s my best guess at this time.
Google has released a bunch of new updates for Google+. Google+ Pages are receiving a new role. Google+ saved searches are going away. Last but not the least, Google+ now shows Hangout Party invites in Hangouts sidebar: