Oct 27 AT 2:52 PM Dustin Earley 18 Comments

Google+ lands several new features; trending topics, analytics, photo editing and more


Google has just announced several new features rolling out now to Google+ users everywhere. Not only has Google added a trending topics feature known as What’s Hot, but they’ve also added a built-in photo editor and Google+ Ripples, a “visualization tool for public shares and comments.”

What’s Hot

What’s Hot is one feature that Google+ has been sorely lacking for some time now. Real time searches and hashtag support have helped display popular content for any specific area, but what if you just want to see the most popular posts on Google+ in general? That’s what What’s Hot is for. Now built into your main stream and viewable as its own circle, What’s Hot will display popular posts that are receiving a lot of +1s and comments. Google has clearly spent a lot of time on What’s Hot. It’s very smooth, there doesn’t appear to be any duplicate content, and there’s a wide variety of posts listed. To check out What’s Hot on Google+, just scroll down in your timeline and look for the What’s Hot box, or use the What’s Hot link under your circles in the left sidebar.

Google+ Ripples

Analytics buffs are going to love Google+ Ripples. Ever wonder about the history of a shared post? How did it get so many shares? And who originally propelled it? Google+ Ripples is a handy tool that can be used with any shared public post on Google+. Let’s say there’s a post with 300 shares and you’d like to see how it got so popular. If you use the drop down menu in the top right corner of the post, you can select Ripples. From there, a new tab will pop up that displays a diagram of who shared the post and when. You can zoom in on the diagram and click around for more details as well. Near the bottom of the Ripples page is a timeline that shows the spread of the post, along with some handy statistics.

Google+ Creative Kit

Google+ Creative Kit is Google’s response to the simple photo editing trend made popular by apps like Instagram and PicSay. Once a picture is uploaded to Google+, you can click the edit button to bring up Creative Kit. From there, you can crop, rotate, auto-fix and add any number of vintage filters to give your photos some extra charm. Right now, there’s also some Halloween effects you can add to your photos to celebrate the holiday.

It’s also worth noting that Google has finally opened up Google+ for Google Apps users. If you get a chance to give any of Google+’s new features a shot, be sure to come back here and let us know what you think.

Source: Google

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  • captain fizz

    google+ is dead…a social wasteland

    • Dustin Earley

      I guess that depends on who you follow. Some days I can’t keep up.

    • Wallie Hawkins

      Yeah I dont know about that. my stream is updating itself with fun and interesting posts every few seconds. Ive met awesome people on there. found out new things about current friends. hangouts (video group chat) is awesome on there. it all depends how you use it. if you just make a profile and dont follow anyone who posts frequently interesting things or if you dont comment on things than yeah I can see it being boring for you. Google + seems to keep growing and adding new features all the time and with google music coming out soon (rumored to be heavily integrated with google +) and the google + app coming already installed on new android devices more and more users will be joining it.

      • Behihoo

        “my stream is updating itself with fun and interesting posts every few seconds”

        You’re a moron with tastes that parallel those of the lowest common denominators in society. Congrats for outing yourself. I went to Google + to escape this crap.

  • Johnson

    Google+ is awesome. I prefer it much better than any other social network tool. Problem is: NOBODY uses it. Absolutely nobody! It is a waste! And Google keeps taking their sweet time. That is one thing that Google lacks, it needs to be more aggressive. They have such a portfolio of awesome products, but Google doesn’t go after users. Google+ won’t stick because of that. Only high-tech savvy people use it. A good example of lack of aggressiveness on Google’s part was Google Health. Google Health was an excellent idea/product and worked greatly, but Google did not go after users/customers or medical providers. Result: they are discontinuing it.

    • iamXiV92a

      Give it time, Google+ will begin to sweep. I have yet to see a complaint about the layout (unlike Facebook – ha ha).

      • Dustin Earley

        The major changes in Facebook’s layout is what pushed me to really start using Google+. Google needs to figure out a way to get people on G+, that isn’t just waiting for Facebook to screw up.


    new features are aways welcomed.. especially ones that are needed.. :)

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Google+ is awesome,sure my stream on there is not as active as the one on FB but it is active, is not dead or anything near that. I happily welcome the new features and really enjoy them.

    • Dustin Earley

      My Facebook and Google+ streams aren’t even remotely similar. There’s equal activity on both, just different information.

      • MarkT

        I have just signed up today (Apps user) and I expect the same as well. Different tools for different purposes.

  • Richard Yarrell

    People can hate on Google Plus all they want just like they hate on me. Trust me Google Plus will be just fine and will prevail as the coming days and months move forward.

  • Bud Plug

    Google+ is crap, facebook is better!!!

  • MarkT

    As an Google Apps user I have been waiting on this since launch. With a simple throw of the ‘Apps’ switch Google+ just made it possible for another 40m to get on board.

    Its pretty busy because the G+ android app will not let me do initial authentication for 1st use as “there was a problem connecting to the server” Overload? I hope so…

  • Slith

    Well to all you naysayers out there. My mom is now on Google+ because her friend told her about the instant upload photos feature. Facebook is doomed ;)

  • Behihoo

    I just deleted my Google+ account because I couldn’t turn off the idiotic “What’s Hot.” If I wanted to see what the idiot masses thought was hot, I’d tune in to Tosh.0, lolcats, or the local news.

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