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Google Plus updates its buttons

Google's Plus One Buttons now features a new look: Increases Engagement!

Just recently Google has rolled out a new slick set of Google Plus buttons for its social networking platform. Google tells us the new buttons are sure to increase user engagement on your site.

If you are still confused about what i am talking about, then here is a screenshot

The New Google+ Badge

Google plus badge before +1 new

The New Google+ Badge after +1

Google plus badge after +1 new

The New Google+ Button

Google plus button before +1 new

The New Google+ Button after +1

Google plus button after +1 new

The New Google+ Button when it encounters an error

Google plus button error new

The Google Blog revealed it in their official blog post on Wednesday,

Today, we released the new +1 button from preview and it’s now rolling out to all users. You may also notice the numbers in your +1 buttons increase, as we update our plugins to better reflect social activity around your content.

There’s absolutely no need to change the Google Plus button code if you are using it on your site. Google says the new G+ button will automatically be updated gradually to all the public, so the webmasters should not be worried if their +1 button did not get an updated look. Give it time!

Personally, i loved the old Google+ button because of the multi-colored upper border on it. But the new look isn’t so bad. A combination of red and white simply gives it a minimalistic look and doesn’t look bloated.

I am sure people will immediately start +1’ing content and you should take advantage of this to flash your G+ badge across all your sites. Be sure to feature your Google+ Standard Page Badge on your site and give users the opportunity to add your page to their circles and Plus one your page. The more number of Plus one’s you collect, the more number of friends will start recommending your posts across Google+ and you will gain more exposure.

Have a say on this story and tell us if you love the new Google Plus One button’s new look by making a comment below! Thank You and keep enjoying Google Plus.

Haven’t yet added the Google+ Button? Get it from here. You can also check out the whole collection of Google+ buttons of all sizes and customize it according to your taste out here.

What Google Search Plus means for your Blog Business

How Google’s Search, plus Your World is going to affect Blog Publishers

Just a few days back Google released its new Search, plus your world feature for Google+ users. This little tool is sure to hit your blog’s search results rather more seriously than the Google Panda.

If you want to experience Google Search Plus, login to your google account and search for anything on Google. This is what you will be looking at. 

Google Search Plus - Where it excels

At first when Google+ was launched, you would have seen personalized results according to whom you are connected on the Google+ network. The Search page shows you who recommended what and which results were +1’ed by your friends.

Personalization of results turned out to be very good feature for all of us. Actually it would have been better if Google kept it to that much only. But the introduction of Google’s search plus changes how you look at the things on the web.

Here is what i am talking about. When i searched for the phrase nice windows for home, you see two out of five results have no relation with what i searched for.

Google Search Plus - Where it falls short

This new contraption diminishes the relevance of your searches on the World’s most popular Search Engine. Now imagine how it will turn out for blog publishers! The next time you search for your site name on Google, it will be a hard time looking at those results.

Although this is a bad news for you bloggers, there is a treat for you when it comes to sharing your content through the Google+ platform. We will soon come with an article on how to maximize your blog’s visibility with Google+ recommendations. Stay tuned to Chaaps for further updates, Subscribe Now!

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google+ new chat system makes debut

I think Google+ Chat is better than Facebook Chat!

A few days back, Google+ had rolled out a new chat system on the social network. As soon as i logged into my Google+ account, a small info message appeared telling me about a new chat feature.

google+ new chat system at a glance

Apparently the Google+ team has now made chatting with people on the social network much easier than Facebook. According to the new feature, you can now chat with the people in your circles and also pick out specific circles you wish to chat with in the future. This is a great relief for me as i can safely select which circles i want to chat with and safely deselect circles that i have no interest in chatting with.

now only choose circles you wish to chat with on google plus

Also one another unique feature about Google+ Chat is that, if you are currently not logged into Google+, you will still be able to chat with those people in your circles by using other Google products such as Gmail, Google Talk, Orkut etc. And guess what you no longer need their e-mail addresses either to start a chat. Isn’t that cool? Unlike Google+, Facebook doesn’t give us an advantage like that because, lets be serious people, there are no Facebook products available other than the social network itself.

But please note that you can only chat with the Google+ people provided they too have added you in their circles. The Follow should be mutual, just like in Twitter. You can DM a person in Twitter only if both of you follow each other. Lance Ulanoff on Mashable has explained it very well,

 It’s a little like Twitter’s direct message rules, which only allow successful transmission of direct messages if the sender and receiver are following each other on Twitter. It’s also a bit like Facebook Chat, which allows open discussion between mutual Facebook friends.

SO what do you think of this new Google+ Chat system, is it smart enough to beat the crap out of Facebook Chat? Please comment. We would also like to chat with you on Google+, please add us to your circles!


Klout and Google+

Bump up your Klout score: Add Google+ to your Klout network

Klout, believed to be the most popular influence measurer of your social activities on the web has got a new addition in its network. Its the brand new Google+. Yes the Klout team now has officially added Google+ which will make your Klout scores boom even higher.

Klout announced in their official blog post,

Our mission here at Klout is to help you understand and leverage your influence. As we add more networks we can more accurately measure your influence. Today, we are excited to announce that Google+ is now a part of the Klout Score!

Klout now integrates Google+ officially

I was very much excited for Google+ becoming a part of Klout and i had already connected my Google+ account back in September itself. But Google+ was not officially integrated into Klout. But since its integration with Klout i have seen a major increase in my Klout score.

My Klout score previously was at 43 and now it is 55. Check it out yourself at my official Klout profile. I have now earned the Specialist rank and it feels good. You can also boast if you have achieved higher Klout scores since the addition of Google+ by sharing it on your social networks. Higher Klout scores means higher influence level and higher influence level means people are definitely gonna wanna notice you.

Even if you don’t connect your Google+ profile with Klout, you will not be penalized for not doing so, as the Klout team said. Similarly people will not see a drop in their Klout score if they have connected their Google+ account but their activity on the social network is 0. You will always see a score bump as and when you connect more networks. Unless you are a fraud there’s no reason for you to worry if you experience a drop in your Klout score.

So if you haven’t yet connected Google+ to your Klout profile, its time to do so! Because i have seen a bump in my Klout score, have you?

[Source: Official Klout Blog]

google-plus-now-has-trending topics

Google+ Trending topics is the new trend. Watch out Twitter!

Google Inc. now boasts of a new feature on its beloved social network, the Google+. Its Google+ Trending topics, and believe us they are quite trending.

The Trending topics can be found just at the top right side of the page when you search for anything on Google+. The most recent trends can also be accessed from this page. The trending topics are in real time, so make sure to press the pause button and capture a screenshot just in case you were on the trending list.

Google+ trending topics at a glance

Currently many famous personalities like David Beckham, Michael Bloomberg and Taylor Swift are trending. And there’ also the most recent twilight movie “Breaking Dawn” that’s been trending for quite a while.

The concept of “Trending Topics” was first introduced on the most popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter. And now everyone are implementing it. Google+ also sports a What’s Hot section just in case you haven’t noticed it. It shows you the most hottest articles on Google+, the one that has got a lot of +1’s and shares. And apart from being completely unrelated and off topic it is sometimes nice to see the good stuff!

Google+ - What's hot section

So what do you think about the new Google+ Trending Topics, will it prove to be more trending than Twitter’s trending topics? Share your views with us by a comment!

Source: TechCrunch

Google introduces Google plus pages

Google introduces Google+ Pages to everyone! What are G+ pages?


Google unveiled their Google+ Pages to the public. Google+ Pages

are a brand new way you can promote your business, brand and products on the most popular social network Google+.

Vic Gundotra, Senior VP of the Google+ team revealed Google+ pages on the official blog post. According to him,

So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about—from local businesses to global brands—so today we’re rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide.

Angry Birds official google plus page

Google+ pages are a great way of sharing our ideas on Google. Our brands get a global reach on the web, not to mention on Google alone plus you can connect your G+ page to your brand website which makes it more official.

With the introduction of Google+ Pages, you can also earn your Google+ page to land as the top search when people search for your brand and they can directly follow your G+ page from then on. This feature makes use of the Google Direct Connect. Gundotra says,

“Maybe you’re watching a movie trailer, or you just heard that your favorite band is coming to town. In both cases you want to connect with them right now, and Direct Connect makes it easy—even automatic. Just go to Google and search for [+], followed by the page you’re interested in (like +Angry Birds). We’ll take you to their Google+ page, and if you want, we’ll add them to your circles.”

Isn’t it creative? But for now the Direct Connect feature is only available for top publishers. If you are looking for a guide to create a Google+ page then stay tuned to Chaaps, coz we will come up with one very soon!

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Now share you circles on Google+

How To: Share your circles on Google+

The Google Plus Team on Saturday revealed a nice new feature to its users,

Sharing of your circles on Google+. Yes now you can share any Google+ circle with your friends, family or celebrities and the people you have shared the circle with can add people from your circle. Its easy too.

As we know we can make as many circles we want on Google+ and keep them private to us. But if you have a categorised circle containing people sharing a common taste, you couldn’t share it earlier. Now that Google+ is fully open to everybody, the Google+ crew is expanding all its features and sharing of circles is one of them.

Let me tell you how its done.

Pick a circle on Google+ to share

Go to your favourite circle and click it. Immediately you will see three options Edit, Delete and Share. Click on Share. Comment something to go with the circle and choose a friend to share it with. You can also share a circle with a group of people i.e. an entire circle too.

Share your Google+ circle with your friends

When it is shared people wont see the circle name but rather see who the members are of that circle and if they wish add them to their circle too. Remember any changes they make to that circle will not reflect it in your own. Your circle is and always will, remain private.

Note: At present you can only share 250 people at a time. If you want to share more than that make another circle and share it.

Watch a short video that Google+ engineer Owen Prater has put together. As he was the one to introduce this feature.

So did you enjoy this feature? Please comment your experiences of Google+ with us!

Source: ZDNet


Google+ has gone public Open to everyone

Google+ goes public! No need of invites, just sign up and start sharing

Google+ is now public. Yes the social network is now open to everyone and there is no need of Google+ invites anymore. Just go to

the official Google+ website and sign up. You will be inside the social network in no time.

Google+ API is now available for developers

Vic Gundotra, the man behind Google+ released the news just yesterday. He said in the blog post,

“For the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal. We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce our 100th feature: open signups. This way anyone can visit google.com/+, join the project and connect with the people they care about.”

Some of the recently introduced features also include:

Google+ hangouts for Android

  • Google+ Hangouts video chat feature on Android
  • Google+ Hangout on Air (Live broadcast to any number of people on Google+)
  • More features for Google+ Hangout (Screen-sharing, Sketchpad, Google Docs viewer, Name your Hangouts)
  • Google+ Hangouts API for developers (Build new apps and games on the Google+ platform)
  • Integrated search from Google+ (Search the web from within Google+, also get results for people who are on Google+)
  • 100th feature is Open signups (Google+ is now open to anyone and everyone)

Today Google’s homepage was also seen advertising people to join Google+. Here is a screenshot of what the page looks like. It looks cute, isn’t it?

Google homepage seen advertising Google+

According to stats conducted at the TheNextWeb, Google+ gained 10 million followers in just 16 days. The social network attracted far more people as compared to Twitter’s 780 days and Facebook’s a whopping 852 days.

So the question you gotta ask yourself is “When are you gonna be a part of this community?” I think “its time”!

Pass on your valuable comments and tell us how you have enjoyed being on Google+. Was it fun for you?


Google+ Suggested Users list

Google+ Suggested Users list just in. Create your own list, get followers!


Google+, the Social Network by Google just introduced its Suggested Users list on Saturday. Yes its the same list which you would have seen on Twitter and Facebook. Apparently this list something more different and is based on a slightly new idea.

Google+ implements a Suggested Users list

Bradley Horowitz, one of the minds behind Google+, tweeted that the list based on the no. of Twitter followers you have. According to his tweet, if you have 100K or more followers on Twitter you might be the next face on Google+’s Suggested Users list. The list is not just an imitation of Twitter’s Who to Follow list, where the Popular get more popular and the decent ones get left behind. Although many people are regarding this list creates a racial discrimination between the whites and blacks. Zennie Abraham, a blogger for San Francisco Chronicle says that the list fosters racial sterotypes.

According to a quote on PCWorld, Zennie says

“The Google Suggested User List reads like the typical San Francisco Bay Area tech firm’s view of the World: most of the ‘interesting and famous people’ are white, and if they’re black, they’re male rappers or athletes. Hello, Snoop Dog, Chamillionaire, 50 Cent, Dwight Howard, and Floyd Mayweather!”

As indecent as this idea sounds. Bradley tells us, that was not the way the list was meant to be categorised. He says the list is built on the theory “Top content Tops the list” i.e. the person who shares genuine and informative content on his profile automatically gains a rank up on the list.

According to an excerpt on the Huffington,

In order to retain a position on the list, a user will need to continue creating compelling content. But we should probably allow for folks to take an occasional vacation without concern about their rank dropping, taking a small trip to a beach house from twiddy rentals, is not like it has to be out of the conuntry […] No one gets on the list “automatically.” But again, in the early days, we do want to make it easy for users to connect with people they might find compelling. If they prove not to be, justice will be served, and all will be right in the world.

If you already have a profile on Google+, creating your own list should be pretty easy. Get Started over here.

Find whom to add on Google+

How much fuzz this Google+ Suggested Users list will create in the Social Media market is unknown. I for one think that this list will be a big hit as it allows everyone to compete for a rank to top the list.

So what do you think about this list? Drop a comment and let us know! And if you own a face on this list please don’t forget to tell us.




Google+ has games up its sleeve. A new Gaming network to start

Google+ is starting a new gaming platform on its social network. Vic Gundotra, the Senior VP of the Google Plus Team announced it officially on the blog yesterday.

google plus gaming network

Soon you will be seeing a new tab on your Google+ page. The tab will be placed next to the Circles tab and will be all about Games. Like Facebook, Google+ thinks that a social interaction isn’t just limited to conversations, it is about the real life experiences.

According to the blog post,

With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web. But sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.

You can also brag about your scores to other people and vice versa. The Privacy feature in Google+ is very easy to fiddle with. As Google+ states it is not compulsory for you to be interested in games too, you can easily switch off the game tab and then you will only see conversations from your friends.

Google+ currently has an attractive set of games to begin with like Angry Birds, Crime City and Sudoku. Start the gaming fun right now! Here is a sneak peek about how the gaming experience will be on Google+.

Comment if you liked this story? Do you think Google+ gaming feature will be a hit compared to Facebook games? Let us know.

Google Plus deleting accounts

Google Plus is deleting accounts! Save your G+ account.

That’s right. Google Plus is on a spree deleting as many fake accounts as possible. The hunt started on Saturday, the 23rd and since then we have seen a massive decline in the number of people using Google plus.

Google plus delete button

This is a post to inform you how you can save yourself from getting deleted from the Google plus team. Google doesn’t inform you whether your account will be deleted or not, it just deletes it. Period.

Stop using fake names

The main reason why Google is deleting these many accounts is that it has found many fake profiles on the social network. Crucial one being usage of fake names. If Google finds you using a duplicate name or a name which is used a promote a brand or a company then your profile will immediately into the trash queue.

Google Plus Be yourself

Google+ is calling it a community standards policy and according to that it is mandatory for every person to use his/her real names only. You should use the names exactly as it appears on your Government ID cards. You wont be spared even if you are a celebrity, for e.g. some famous personalities like Arianna Huffington, Todd Vierling, Limor Fried, Kirrily Skud Robert, A.V. Flox and Doctor Popular’s accounts were suspended as well.

ZDNet humorously referred if Lady Gaga’s account was to be suspended as well! So be careful while choosing your name on Google+ and if you are to edit your name now, be extra careful about it. Because you will be flagged for deletion if Google finds something suspicious about your name. Nothing scary just be yourself. Be the real you.

So Good Luck and All the Best. Please do comment if you were one of the people to get your account suspended! Perhaps we can help.

via ZDNet

Google Labs Bye Bye

Google Labs is going down. Will Gmail be shut down?

Its a heartbreak to tell all of you that Google Labs will be no longer be with us. Bill Coughran, SVP of Google Research Team said in a blog post on Wednesday. We had seen many great products being born at Google Labs such as Google Reader, Google Goggles, Google Wave, Google Calendar and not to mention the Godfather, GMAIL. Recently we had also seen the introduction of Google Swiffy, an app which converts Flash content to HTML5.

Google Labs game over

Don’t worry Google Mail and Google Maps wont be affected. Senior VP said,

To clarify: we don’t have any plans to change in-product experimentation channels like Gmail Labs or Maps Labs. We’ll continue to experiment with new features in each of our products.

As happy we were to hear that, joy didn’t last long as the news broke many other products were to be discontinued indefinitely. Many Google experiments were aborted by the team. When asked the reason why Google LABS was suddenly being shut down, Larry Page the CEO of Google said,

Larry page announces the end of Google Labs

“the company is in the midst of trimming its broad palette of products and services, eliminating those that haven’t proven popular and successful, like Google Health and Google PowerMeter.”

According to an article at PCWorld, there are estimated to be about 56 experimental products in Google Labs, many of them will take a shot!

Bill Coughran further added, “we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.” As for other GOOGLE products and apps we can heave a sigh of relief as they will continue to be fully supported such as apps for the Android Market. Perhaps the people at Google are trying to make Google+ a hit, especially after the loss of Buzz, a social network gone in vain and they have succeeded in it as it has already touched the 10 million mark!


Make a comment and tell us how you feel about Google Labs being shut down. Is it a good decision by Google or a bad one?