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Google+ takes a step back in latest update

With today’s update to Google+, there are some new features that count on how you interact to gain your affection. Stories wants to bring you a kind-of “autoawesome” movie of your pics, while Motion and Mix hope to make you GIF-y. It’s a bit more of the same from Google+, and along with their UI tweak, could signal additional changes afoot.

What will become of Google+?

In the wake of today’s abrupt announcement that Vic Gundotra is leaving Google, many are wondering what will happen to the social platform. TechCrunch is citing some sources who say the platform will cease to exist as we know it, with the team being split up and ushered to new buildings and experiences. Google may be itching to make their social layer a back-end solution rather than a standalone platform.  

Possible Google+ redesign shown in leaked images

A redesign for the Google+ Android app has been discovered, showing a wholly new layout and different ways to access functions. The new UI looks eerily similar to others we’ve seen from Google recently, and the user who found it has been shunned by Google as a result. Once again, Google+ users may be forced to re-learn how to use the social service.

Google+ posts could become ads for some pages

While Google+ doesn’t have ads, it does have posts. Recent news suggests that rather than add banner ads or other annoying sales tactics, Google is simply going to make posts on Google+ ads for some pages. This could mean a radically different experience for users across the service.

Study: Google+ has similar user numbers to Twitter

Do you use Google+? How about Twitter? While the userbase may not overlap all the time, a new study shows the overall numbers might be about the same. According to the study, the number of Google+ users is nearly identical to that of Twitter. The study also shows engagement on Google’s social site is much better for advertisers, but there are many holes in the story, here.

Google+ now shows how many views your content gets

If you’re concerned about how much your content is being viewed on social media, Google+ might be the place for you. The number of times your content has been viewed is now showing on the web version of the social service, right next to how many followers you have. It’s a new feature being rolled out, and comes active on your profile.
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