Today we’ve got just a very quick blog post for you to let everyone know of a couple changes to Google+. Now you may be saying, “Google+? Why should I care?” I’ll leave that debate you your own mind save to say, if Google asks you to drink some Kool-Aid, just hope it’s a flavor you like. It’s become very clear over the past couple year that not only is Google not going to let Google+ go the way of Google Wave or the litany of other failed tests, they’re making moves to insure that it thrives or at the very least becomes the control mechanism for your other activities to a point where it doesn’t matter if you use Google+ … you’re information is being stored there regardless.
But today I’m not discussing the benefits of Google+ specifically, just covering a few key updates. So let’s get to that.
Changes To Google+
As of the morning Google has announces that they’re rolling out some changes to how your profile functions/appears. They are:
- The size of cover photos has increased to 2120px by 1192px. To me this doesn’t make a ton of sense as it pushes the actual information down the page requiring more scrolling on all but the largest monitors but I can see applications of it for photographers and designers. While I may not entirely believe this max resolution is ideal, I highly recommend toying with different images and this definitely provides a wide-range of options.
- A tab for reviews. They’ve added a tab when users can see all the reviews you’ve done. You may want to scan through your reviews and make sure they match the image you want to send publicly. One might argue you should be doing this all along but I know I looked as soon as the announcement came.
- Editing your info get’s easier. They’ve made the interface for editing your information a bit clearer and easy to use.
They did note that things are rolling out gradually so if you don’t see it yet, check back soon. This writer doesn’t expect it to be a long rollout as it’s a Google+ change and they don’t want people to check, see they can’t play around, and forget to come back.
SEO news blog post by Dave Davies, CEO @ 7:56 am on March 6, 2013