Google Plus Tips & Tricks - Part 1

As we promised to our twitter followers and on our Google+ Page  today we're starting a series of post with tips and tricks to enhance your user experience in Google Plus.

Part one: 

3 great tips to enhance posting experience in Google+

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Drag Url's, Text, Images & Video into google plus posts:

Add formatting to your google plus posts: BOLD add * before and after the word. Italic add _ before and after the word. Strikethrough add - before and after the word.

Mention people or pages in your posts. Type + or @ and then start typing the name.

If you've missed our free templates for google plus, grab them here.

New! Google Plus Cover Photo - just got bigger!

Google+ Profile and Page improvements!

Google has just announced via Googler +Sara McKinley, that it is rolling out new features for Google + Pages and Profiles.

Among the changes, you'll find a new size for the cover photo - it's become much, much larger!

What is the size of the new Google Plus Cover Photo?

Up to 2120px by 1192px.

What does "up to" mean?
It means the smallest size of your new cover can be 480X270 pixels, and the max size can be 2120X1192 pixels.

Live Examples:

+Google Plus Cover Size

+Youtube One Channel

The above page has a template for the new Youtube One Channel which youtube is releasing out to partners. The new google plus cover photo dimensions are exactly the same as the full size of the new Youtube one channel size which is 2120X1192. Is Google Plus moving towards the new look of the Youtube channels?

Preview images of the new cover photo:

First View -
This is what people will see when they enter your page. The cover page is much bigger and will have your basic information blend on top of your cover photo. The profile picture will be circular as you can see in the preview below.

New Profile image View:
The profile image has become circular opposed to the square it used to be.

New About tab view:
The new about tab will feature your most important information in a nice stylish way. It will have the following information - People, Story, Work, Education, Basic Information & Links.

Scrolling View -
When people scroll down your page, a small bar will stay with them as they scroll. The bar will show the bottom part of your cover photo, the profile image, +1 & +1 count.

New Photos tab view:

Google Plus Redesign (google+ design change sizes) - Here's what's new - changelog by Sara McKinley:

Some profile & page improvements, per your request

We spend lots of time listening to your feedback, and today we're launching some profile and page updates that you've been asking for. These include:

- A new tab for your Local reviews. In addition to your photos, +1's and YouTube videos, there's now a place for all your Local reviews. Highlight your favorite restaurants, or hide the tab completely via settings -- it's completely up to you.

- An easier way to edit your info. The 'About' tab now consists of separate cards (like Story, Places, and Links) -- each with its own prominent edit link. As always: you can share specific fields with specific circles, or keep them just for you.

- Bigger cover photos, with a better aspect ratio. Cover photos are much larger than before (up to 2120px by 1192px), and they display in 16x9 when fully expanded. This way more images can be used as cover photos, and there’s more room for your selection to shine.

Everything's rolling out gradually, so check back soon if you don't see it yet. Once it’s live (at, let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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