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MacRumors
Mar 25, 2013, 12:04 PM
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Google has updated its Google+ (https://plus.google.com/) for iOS app, adding new photo editing features like filters, rotation, and crop, alongside a new profile design that makes +1, reshare, and comment buttons easier to access.

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Back in September of 2012, Google purchased Snapseed (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/17/google-buys-developer-of-snapseed-apples-2011-ipad-app-of-the-year/), which was created by Nik Software. The new photo editing elements that are in the Google+ update come directly from the Snapseed app, with many of the same award winning (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/12/08/itunes-rewind-highlights-the-best-of-2011-instagram-tiny-tower-win-best-of-year-awards/) filters and simple gesture-based editing tools. Here's a full list of the enhancements:-New photo editing features: add filters, rotate, and crop
-New profile design
-New notifications tray
-New set-up flow for new users
-Control the volume of posts that you see in your stream from individual circles/communities
-Filter search results by best or most recent
-Tell your friends about a community (by sharing it or sending an invitation)
-Re-share posts to communities
-Display counts for unread messages in your communities
-Additional community moderation featuresGoogle+ (http://appshopper.com/social-networking/google-2) for iOS can be downloaded for free from the App Store. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google+/id447119634?mt=8)]

Article Link: Google+ for iOS Updated with Profile Redesign and Photo Filters (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/25/google-for-ios-updated-with-profile-redesign-and-photo-filters/)



nutmac
Mar 25, 2013, 12:14 PM
Unfortunately, only two of contacts use Google+ (and none of my friends that work for Google), and much more sparsely than Facebook or Twitter.

Klae17
Mar 25, 2013, 12:18 PM
Stop this Instagram BS.

sparky1499
Mar 25, 2013, 12:19 PM
Does anyone still use Google+?

afterafx
Mar 25, 2013, 12:20 PM
Not sure if people use this, I have an account but literally no friends use it. All on Facebook or Twitter.

jonnysods
Mar 25, 2013, 12:33 PM
Awesome, so many improvements that no one uses. I'm on Google+ because i'm forced to because i have a gmail account. Don't use it ever.

SandboxGeneral
Mar 25, 2013, 12:35 PM
Oddly enough, I logged into my G+ yesterday for the first time in months. That's usually how it goes for me. Use it for a day or two, then go months without even remembering it exists.

pgiguere1
Mar 25, 2013, 12:35 PM
Google+ should try to redefine how a social network is used rather than replicate and combine current social networks. That's not how you surpass market leaders.

TXCherokee
Mar 25, 2013, 12:38 PM
I, and about 10 friends use it. But only because Google+ ties in real nicely with Google Events, Communities, and Docs, which we use to set up our game nights and gaming convention trips.

Other than that, we all use FB and Twitter.

Simplicated
Mar 25, 2013, 12:49 PM
Sorry, I cancelled my Google+ account shortly after the demise of Reader was announced.

Doesn't make any difference though, this service is fine but no one I know uses it.

nutmac
Mar 25, 2013, 01:01 PM
Google+ should try to redefine how a social network is used rather than replicate and combine current social networks. That's not how you surpass market leaders.

+1.

Google should instead try to build on its strength, such as taking Gmail to the next level. As much as we all hate email, it is the oldest online social network around. And as Mailbox and others demonstrate, I think there are ways to make email work.

Instead, Google let Gmail stagnate and it has become a bloated mess with numerous usability issues.

ArtOfWarfare
Mar 25, 2013, 01:02 PM
What would it take to actually bring down FaceBook? How did it even manage to get so many members?

Razeus
Mar 25, 2013, 01:10 PM
You don't actually have to know someone to use Google+. That's what Facebook is for. I use it to follow people with the same interests as I, in this case, Photography and Jazz music. Lot's of great people to follow and discussions to partake in. Of course I'd love to have my friends on G+ so I can rid myself of FB altogether, but that's not going to happen. I love this update.

AppleInLVX
Mar 25, 2013, 01:25 PM
IMO, Google+ fails only because Facebook is too well entrenched. In a way, it's sort of stupid because from my experience, it's way better. It's strange why google can't get people to use it. It's like the whole world is driving around in broken down 80's Hyundai Pony hatchbacks, and here's someone saying, "come get your free beemer--got one for your friends, too" and everyone's like... nah... everyone's driving this POS... I think I'll keep driving it too.

But then, it is a *social* network. Makes sense, I suppose. I keep trying to coax my friends and family over, but they have the same issue. Leaving FB means leaving their social network. Ah well.

iMerik
Mar 25, 2013, 01:39 PM
IMO, Google+ fails only because Facebook is too well entrenched. In a way, it's sort of stupid because from my experience, it's way better. It's strange why google can't get people to use it. It's like the whole world is driving around in broken down 80's Hyundai Pony hatchbacks, and here's someone saying, "come get your free beemer--got one for your friends, too" and everyone's like... nah... everyone's driving this POS... I think I'll keep driving it too.

But then, it is a *social* network. Makes sense, I suppose. I keep trying to coax my friends and family over, but they have the same issue. Leaving FB means leaving their social network. Ah well.
I agree. I actually really enjoy what Google+ has to offer for a social network experience and the improvements they continue making. I use it a lot for family "Hangouts" and it's much easier to share family pictures and videos privately. However, that's about all I do with it so far, since most people I know don't use it. For those thing above that I do use it for, it integrates very well into Gmail, so you can reply to posts as though you are replying to email... pretty cool stuff really. I love seeing G+ updates and hope they slowly take on more users as people look for Facebook alternatives. Google isn't backing down with this one.

needfx
Mar 25, 2013, 01:44 PM
that photo on the left looks as if they just finished a harlem shake dance or something

Hitch08
Mar 25, 2013, 01:48 PM
I use G+ with a number of friends scattered across the country. Very few of us use FaceBook. I have a FB account, but never use it.

If Google wanted more people to use G+, they should add the "Messenger" function back into the iPad version. They had it and then removed it in an "upgrade". Certainly would be a lot more useful than photo editing or communities options...

nutmac
Mar 25, 2013, 01:54 PM
IMO, Google+ fails only because Facebook is too well entrenched. In a way, it's sort of stupid because from my experience, it's way better. It's strange why google can't get people to use it. It's like the whole world is driving around in broken down 80's Hyundai Pony hatchbacks, and here's someone saying, "come get your free beemer--got one for your friends, too" and everyone's like... nah... everyone's driving this POS... I think I'll keep driving it too.

Your analogy is a bit flawed. This isn't the issue of which is better. Google+ may indeed be better but it would be like driving a BMW that can only be driven to limited destinations. Most people would rather drive a Hyundai that can go everywhere.

What Google should've done is offer different paradigm for social network, such as what Twitter did (which is far more useful for following people/organization that you are not friends with).

Razeus
Mar 25, 2013, 01:57 PM
Now Google should work on unifying all of their storage space across products.

I find it ridiculous you get 10GB's of Gmail space, but only 5GB's for Google Drive. It should be the other way around.

Then you get a ridiculous 1GB of space for photos (which will easily eat up 1GB) with Picasa, but I think Picasa is dead now, since it redirects me to Google+, but at least the photos are free to store unlimited as long as you keep them 2048 pixels on the longest side (but even then I think Google automatically resizes them for you).

Still even more ridiculous is you can store 20,000 mp3/aac files for music in Google Music. That works out to about 160GB's!! of files that you can store for free.

Don't get me started on unlimited YouTube videos that obviously take up precious gigabytes.

So why in the world does Google make me pay for Google Drive? Why do they limit my GMail space? Google Drive should hold ALL my files, not all these individual silos with arbitrary limits that are widely different depending on what product you're using. This is why Dropbox has my $99 and not Google.

AppleInLVX
Mar 25, 2013, 02:10 PM
Your analogy is a bit flawed. This isn't the issue of which is better. Google+ may indeed be better but it would be like driving a BMW that can only be driven to limited destinations. Most people would rather drive a Hyundai that can go everywhere.

What Google should've done is offer different paradigm for social network, such as what Twitter did (which is far more useful for following people/organization that you are not friends with).

I agree with where you're going, and I'm not going to take the metaphor any farther than to say I don't think it's really that G+ is limited in any way by way of destinations. It's just that no one's using the roads. In many other contexts, that would actually be *preferable* to people, but the problem is that if it took a couple years to get everyone on one system, then inertia will keep them there, hedonists that we all are. :D

Hmm... I wonder if there's a way that Google can employ the same tactic that Apple has. That is, there was a time where the world was all PC with a fraction of users on Macs. That's totally changing these days. Google needs some kind of iPod-like feature to lure people to the site. But I guess that's comparing apples to oranges. :rolleyes:

nazaar
Mar 25, 2013, 02:11 PM
Google+ should try to redefine how a social network is used rather than replicate and combine current social networks. That's not how you surpass market leaders.

So true!

lolkthxbai
Mar 25, 2013, 02:13 PM
I really don't like google+ because its hard to understand a new concept when almost everyone on the face of the earth is already on Facebook and your already used to that..

nutmac
Mar 25, 2013, 03:25 PM
I agree with where you're going, and I'm not going to take the metaphor any farther than to say I don't think it's really that G+ is limited in any way by way of destinations. It's just that no one's using the roads. In many other contexts, that would actually be *preferable* to people, but the problem is that if it took a couple years to get everyone on one system, then inertia will keep them there, hedonists that we all are. :D

The ultimate intended goal of social network is to share with intended set of people. If none (or most) of your contacts do not use Google+, there's very little reason to use it in the first place. Some may indeed prefer to use Google+ to share with very little or no one at all (a personal journal). But if a road isn't used by many cars, it is ultimately a failure and is destined to wither away without continuous funding. As Google demonstrated with Google Reader, it isn't shy about pulling the plug.

newagemac
Mar 25, 2013, 03:32 PM
You don't actually have to know someone to use Google+. That's what Facebook is for. I use it to follow people with the same interests as I, in this case, Photography and Jazz music. Lot's of great people to follow and discussions to partake in. Of course I'd love to have my friends on G+ so I can rid myself of FB altogether, but that's not going to happen. I love this update.

Except you can "Follow" people on Facebook now too. So there really is no point in Google+ and regular people don't use it because the only people on there is bloggers and business trying to advertise to people and boost their Google search rankings. Google Plus is a barren wasteland.

Razeus
Mar 25, 2013, 04:11 PM
Except you can "Follow" people on Facebook now too. So there really is no point in Google+ and regular people don't use it because the only people on there is bloggers and business trying to advertise to people and boost their Google search rankings. Google Plus is a barren wasteland.

Some people like to keep certain things separate. There's no reason my friends should see all my comments about my photography hobby. I don't know about you, but my G+ is filled with new content that's relevant and interesting. Google+ is what you make it.

rmwebs
Mar 25, 2013, 04:32 PM
Does anyone still use Google+?

Did anyone EVER really use it? Sure, we've all got an account (mainly because you dont have a choice if you use Google for your mail, docs or even just youtube now) but I dont think I know a single person that uses it in the way they do with Twitter and Facebook, and they never have done. It's just full of messages posted by automated feeds (e.g on company/website pages).

appahappa
Mar 25, 2013, 04:36 PM
I'm using it and I find it far more useful than facebook or twitter. On facebook I only added only few real friends and on g+ I'm following people I'm interested in, other software developers for example.

Drunken Master
Mar 25, 2013, 07:02 PM
IMO, Google+ fails only because Facebook is too well entrenched. In a way, it's sort of stupid because from my experience, it's way better. It's strange why google can't get people to use it. It's like the whole world is driving around in broken down 80's Hyundai Pony hatchbacks, and here's someone saying, "come get your free beemer--got one for your friends, too" and everyone's like... nah... everyone's driving this POS... I think I'll keep driving it too.

But then, it is a *social* network. Makes sense, I suppose. I keep trying to coax my friends and family over, but they have the same issue. Leaving FB means leaving their social network. Ah well.

I went on my Google+ page the other day for the first time in about a year, and man if the web version isn't clunky and unresponsive as hell.

tekboi
Mar 25, 2013, 07:32 PM
I freaking love it. Too bad people hardly use G+.


Is it just me, or do they update this thing an awful lot...

ijohn.8.80
Mar 25, 2013, 07:35 PM
Okay, so the Snapseed desktop app became this iOS app update, is the same going to happen with the Nik bundle and just be used on the Google X Phone?

tekboi
Mar 25, 2013, 07:37 PM
What would it take to actually bring down FaceBook? How did it even manage to get so many members?

Facebook capitalized on the weaknesses of myspace. Plus it appealed to strictly college kids originally.

jarred125
Mar 25, 2013, 10:09 PM
Some of you are REALLY clueless. As I have learned from this thread, if one of you doesn't use a service, no one else does either. Makes sense, total sense.

Anyways. I've been using Google Plus for awhile and find it to be a welcome departure from Facebook. Personally, I don't need or want to keep a large "social network". Personally (again) a large social network happens in real life, not in imaginary land where I can play farm owner with my pretend buddies and whatnot. Thankfully for me, there are plenty of my friends using Google Plus and it provides better sharing options for me. Much more than "bloggers and business people" on there, although several of the bloggers I happen to follow and find useful.

NewAnger
Mar 25, 2013, 11:41 PM
I started using it when I bought a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. Still learning how it works but I use it more than FB right now.

newagemac
Mar 26, 2013, 02:31 AM
Some people like to keep certain things separate. There's no reason my friends should see all my comments about my photography hobby. I don't know about you, but my G+ is filled with new content that's relevant and interesting. Google+ is what you make it.

Why would all your friends see all your comments about your photography hobby? You must not have used Facebook in a while. Facebook now has their own version of "Circles" and you can put people in certain lists. Then when you post or comment, you can choose that only people in for example your photography list will see it.

Also Facebook has "Acquaintances" now so you can set all those people on your Friends list that you barely know as Acquaintances and their stuff only shows up on your feed when really important events happen like a move or marriage. And there is also now a "Close Friends" for people who you want to see absolutely everything.

Applying these changes to my group of Friends made my news feed more relevant and interesting than Google+ because now only the stuff I really want to see shows there except there's way more of the good stuff I want to see from the people and organizations I'm most interested in because they are more active on Facebook.

These were the only thing that made Google+ stand out to me but Facebook has it too now so it's pointless.

Razeus
Mar 26, 2013, 08:18 AM
Why would all your friends see all your comments about your photography hobby? You must not have used Facebook in a while. Facebook now has their own version of "Circles" and you can put people in certain lists. Then when you post or comment, you can choose that only people in for example your photography list will see it.

Also Facebook has "Acquaintances" now so you can set all those people on your Friends list that you barely know as Acquaintances and their stuff only shows up on your feed when really important events happen like a move or marriage. And there is also now a "Close Friends" for people who you want to see absolutely everything.

Applying these changes to my group of Friends made my news feed more relevant and interesting than Google+ because now only the stuff I really want to see shows there except there's way more of the good stuff I want to see from the people and organizations I'm most interested in because they are more active on Facebook.

These were the only thing that made Google+ stand out to me but Facebook has it too now so it's pointless.

You must be mistaken. If someone posts something public (which alot of my photogs do), and I respond to it, it doesn't matter if I have people set to acquaintance, or friends or whatever, they all see it. There are some photog groups I belong to and they are public so if I comment or post, all my friends see it. It's not a big deal, but Facebook deliberately makes things public by default. But there are some "members only" groups I have which are more contained.

Heck even when I post a photo and I tag someone, people I don't know and aren't anywhere on my friend list can see it and comment because of the person who I tagged (his friends can see a photo he was tagged in).

There is no privacy on Facebook. Even though I have everything set to friends and certain people as acquaintances (Facebook makes grouping friends in categories ridiculously difficult compared to G+ by the way), I assume its public info, since people I don't even know can see it.

It's just easier to do my photog stuff on G+ because none of my friends are on it and if I post publicly (which all my posts are on G+) they aren't bothered with it. I have over 1000 people in my photographer's circle, filled with quality posts that I can freely comment on without by friends feed getting hammered every 30 minutes.

newagemac
Mar 26, 2013, 08:59 AM
You must be mistaken. If someone posts something public (which alot of my photogs do), and I respond to it, it doesn't matter if I have people set to acquaintance, or friends or whatever, they all see it. There are some photog groups I belong to and they are public so if I comment or post, all my friends see it. It's not a big deal, but Facebook deliberately makes things public by default. But there are some "members only" groups I have which are more contained.

Heck even when I post a photo and I tag someone, people I don't know and aren't anywhere on my friend list can see it and comment because of the person who I tagged (his friends can see a photo he was tagged in).

There is no privacy on Facebook. Even though I have everything set to friends and certain people as acquaintances (Facebook makes grouping friends in categories ridiculously difficult compared to G+ by the way), I assume its public info, since people I don't even know can see it.

It's just easier to do my photog stuff on G+ because none of my friends are on it and if I post publicly (which all my posts are on G+) they aren't bothered with it. I have over 1000 people in my photographer's circle, filled with quality posts that I can freely comment on without by friends feed getting hammered every 30 minutes.

Ok I see what you mean. We're talking about two different things. Facebook does now give you great control over what you see from other people and who sees your posts. But yes, they are lacking quite a bit on control over who sees your comments and likes on other people's posts.

a.jfred
Mar 26, 2013, 09:26 AM
I haven't used Google+ in about a year -- did they ever fix it so you can use a landscape keyboard layout?

Razeus
Mar 26, 2013, 11:34 AM
I haven't used Google+ in about a year -- did they ever fix it so you can use a landscape keyboard layout?

Wow. You're way behind.

a.jfred
Mar 27, 2013, 07:45 AM
Wow. You're way behind.

Given that most people I know don't even use Google+, there hasn't been any reason for me to stay up-to-date. I tried it when it first came out, and after several months (and updates) with no landscape keyboard support, I got bored and left.

NewAnger
Mar 27, 2013, 07:47 AM
Given that most people I know don't even use Google+, there hasn't been any reason for me to stay up-to-date. I tried it when it first came out, and after several months (and updates) with no landscape keyboard support, I got bored and left.

They added that some time ago for iOS and Android.