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Google recently announced that it is rolling out a significant redesign for its social networking platform Google+, which will allow users to create a more customized experience on the site. ...

Google recently announced that it is rolling out a significant redesign for its social networking platform Google+, which will allow users to create a more customized experience on the site.

The company said it will introduce a variety of new features to the site in the next few days, from customizing apps and the navigation bar to more flexibility with profile pages and pictures. In addition, the update introduces a new Explore page that posts what’s interesting and trending across the site.

Google also noted that the social network now boasts more than 170 million users since it’s 2011 launch.

Here is a look at the 8 major changes.

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  • New InterfaceGoogle recently announced that it is rolling out a significant redesign forits social networking platform Google+, which will allow users to create amore customized experience on the site.The company said it will introduce a variety of new features to the site inthe next few days, from customizing apps and the navigation bar tomore flexibility with profile pages and pictures. In addition, the updateintroduces a new Explore page that posts what‟s interesting andtrending across the site.Google also noted that the social network now boasts more than 170million users since it‟s 2011 launch.Here is a look at the 6 major changes.
  • Application Ribbon The first thing youll notice with the new Google Plus look is theres now a left hand application ribbon. Instead of static icons at the top, the ribbon allows users to drag apps up or down to create the order, hover over certain apps to reveal a set of quick actions and show or hide apps by moving them out of the section. The idea is to make it easier for you to get to the parts of Google Plus you hang out the most in.
  • ProfileThe profile hasn‟t changed much but it now offers the option to have a „coverphoto‟, a la Facebook‟s Timeline. It is also reversed from the previous profile withthe profile photo being on the right insead of left.
  • Profile- Cover PhotoTo add a cover photo:Hover over your photos and you will see a change photos bar.Click the left cover photo template (Choose right template if you don‟t want a coverphoto.)Click change cover photo to add your own custom image. (940 X 180px)
  • Hangouts and ChatAs you know, you can chat face toface with up to 9 people at sametime, accept others invitations toHangout, and also have a privateone on one hangout. The Hangoutbutton is now shifted to top right inyour browser window, just underyour profile picture. And under theHangouts button is your Chatwindow, which is also updated.
  • Circles Circles remains basically the same.
  • Explore The Explore icon is also a new addition, and takes you to a page showing the trending and popular content across the network. This can be found on the application ribbon.
  • Whitespace? What Google‟s Vic Gundotra didn‟t talk about when he announced the changes being made was the fact that Google has now also switched to a responsive web design for Google+. Instead of a traditional fixed-width design, responsive design adapts to the size of your browser window. So while your Facebook page always looks the same, no matter whether you‟ve maximized your browser window or not, the new Google+ design actually changes as you re-size your browser window.
  • Whitespace? This is leaving people somewhat confused about why there is suddenly so much whitespace on the site. Indeed, the #whitespace hashtag is currently trending on the site and it‟s probably the most discussed “feature” of the new design. In a short hangout earlier this morning, Vic pointed out that Google is obviously quite aware of the whitespace. He also said that Google isn‟t planning to use the space for advertising, but wouldn‟t say more about it.
  • Whitespace? Here is a simple Google Chrome plugin to fix the whitespace problem in the new google+ design 2012, till it gets fixed by Google+ team officially. This is a temporary fix for Google+ Whitespace problem and makes your Google+ page looks well organized and removes the whitespace when you access Google Plus from Chrome web browser.
  • Events Google Plus has released its latest feature to help users connect with their friends and colleagues: Events. Facebook Events are geared towards getting people together, but Google Plus seeks to help people plan beforehand as well as share their experiences during and after the event. Through its design and prominent placement on profiles, Events promises to be a collection of group photo albums for commemorating special times, online and offline.
  • SuggestionsWhen you first log in on the right-hand sidebar,Google+ now suggests that people check outcertain pages. It‟s unclear how they determinewhat pages you might like, but pages seem tobe associated with those followed by peopleyou‟ve circled.In other words, the more your page is circled,the more likely it will appear on the sidebar. Thisis essentially like getting free ad space for yourbusiness, so make an effort to build up yourfollowers to get featured here.
  • New Interface “It‟s still early days, and there‟s plenty left to do, but we‟re more excited than ever to build a seamless social experience, all across Google,” says Gundotra.
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  • About Nancy Bain Nancy is a business owner, educator, and business strategist with more than 20 years experience. When she is not advising and teaching people about social media, Nancy spends a lot of her own time using social media. Find Nancy online: Google+ : Nancy Bain Like Supernova Media on Follow Nancy on Twitter Facebook Visit her Website Find her on LinkedIn Follow her Blog And visit her YouTube Channel