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Whilst researching for my latest Social media action course I came across some interesting news on Facebooks pretender Google plus – Im happy to share this with you and Im endebted to http://tech2.in.com for the following on just how the second largest Social Media Platform is evolving

google-plus-red-logo-vectorGoogle is rolling out a bunch of tweaks to Google+, including some updates to the profile page and a new Local reviews tab. These changes are based on feedback from users and will be rolled out to users gradually.

Google+ cover photos can now be larger and have a better aspect ratio. Cover photos can be as large as 2120 x 1192 pixels and they appear in a 16:9 view when fully expanded. The ‘About’ tab has also been revamped and every section, like Story, Places and Links, now has a separate edit link.

Google has also added a tab for Local reviews, where you can post all your reviews of places in your locality. If there’s an awesome or terrible place in your locality that you wish to highlight, Local reviews would be the place for posting your review. You can also choose to hide the tab from the settings menu.

Google recently rolled out application sign-in to the social network, which lets users to sign-in to apps with their Google+ credentials.

72954_10200416346996089_502553649_nOnce you sign-in with your G+ account, you will be able to choose who gets to see information the app posts on your profile by choosing your circles. A private setting can be chosen too, making all the information you post via the app only visible to you. “Google+ doesn’t let apps spray “frictionless” updates all over the stream, so app activity will only appear when it’s relevant (like when you’re actually looking for it),” Seth Sternberg, Director of Product Management, Google+, wrote in a blog. The system will work with Google’s two-factor authentication.

Google+ application sign-in will work just like Facebook Connect, but with a more refined spam and noise filter. It works with both Android and iOS apps, and when you try to log in with your Google+ credentials, you will be told exactly what information the app would like to access. Besides general information from your Google+ profiles, the apps might also be allowed to access your Google Calendar, Gmail or any other services under the Google umbrella.

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