Google Plus has been in the news a ton this week, hitting 50 million users, adding highly-requested features and enhancing Circles. Meanwhile, Analytics got a fairly need update: you can now view real-time traffic data.
Google+ = Google
“Google+ is Google itself," stated Google VP of Product, Bradley Horowitz, in his his recent Wired interview:
Until now, every single Google property acted like a separate company. Due to the way we grew, through various acquisitions and the fierce independence of each division within Google, each product sort of veered off in its own direction.
… But Google+ is Google itself. We’re extending it across all that we do—search, ads, Chrome, Android, Maps, YouTube—so that each of those services contributes to our understanding of who you are.
In other words, instead of standing on its own as many previous Google products have done, Plus will infuse the entire Google experience. Users will be able to use the Internet giant's products in conjunction with the platform in a way that further personalizes the user experience.
Any thoughts on how this will change Internet behavior? Predict away in the comments below.
Google+ Hits 50 Million Users, Improves Circles
While some said the Google Plus craze was waning, its general availability to the public resulted in a surge of new users. Now at an estimated 50 million (and growing), the company is doing what it can to continue connecting users.
A recent change to Circles, for example, lets users further divide their contacts into customized groups and share them:
In other Plus news, users may now also download full size photos:
We’ve been listening to your feedback and, as of today, you can download full size photos! When viewing a photo in the lightbox photo viewer, click Actions. If the photo owner has allowed downloads, you will now see an option to Download Photo.
If you don’t want viewers to download your photos, click the gear icon on the top right corner of this screen, go to Google+ Settings (https://plus.google.com/settings/plus) and uncheck the Allow viewers to download my photos checkbox.
Thanks & please keep the feedback coming.
While the product still has a lot of ground to cover if it's going to catch up to Facebook's user count, responding quickly to customer feedback is certainly a good place to start.
Analytics Adds Real-Time Traffic Data
For the first time ever, real-time reports are available in Google Analytics.
"One way that I like to use these reports is to measure the immediate impact of social media. Whenever we put out a new blog post, we also send out a tweet. With Real-Time, I can see the immediate impact to my site traffic," wrote John Jersin of the Google Analytics team.
The Real-time reports can be found in the newest version of Google Analytics. If you don't yet see it, hold tight. Everyone will reportedly have access in the coming weeks.