Getting Started with Google+ and +1 button for Webmasters/SEOs; PageSpeed Insights 2.0; Chrome Web Store Adds 'Six New Countries, Offline Apps, Apps Insight Graph'

An official Google video that covers the basics of Google+, the +1 button, getting started on Google+, and how social information can make products, like Search, more relevant. So, if you're interested in learning about Google+, "this 20 minutes posted today on the Webmaster Central blog is for a range of webmasters (from personal bloggers […]

An official Google video that covers the basics of Google+, the +1 button, getting started on Google+, and how social information can make products, like Search, more relevant.

So, if you're interested in learning about Google+, "this 20 minutes posted today on the Webmaster Central blog is for a range of webmasters (from personal bloggers to SEOs of corporations)," posted Maile Ohye, Developer Programs Tech Lead.

Video about the basics of Google+ and how to get started if you're an interested webmaster:

Also, released today, is a new version 2.0 of the PageSpeed Insights for Chrome, a Chrome Developer Tools extension that analyzes all aspects of the page load, including resources, network, DOM, and the timeline.

"For instance, PageSpeed Insights can inform you about an expensive JavaScript call that blocks the renderer for too long, remind you about that new photo on the front page of your web site that you might have forgotten to resize or optimize, or recommend changing the way you load third-party content so it no longer blocks the page load."

If you're already familiar with Chrome Developer Tools, you'll find that PageSpeed Insights integrates with a toolset you're already using.

PageSpeed Insights browser extensions is also available for Firefox.

To open and use PageSpeed Insights:

  1. Open Chrome Developer tools by selecting the Wrench menu at the top-right of your browser window, then select Tools -> Developer tools.
  2. In the Chrome Developer Tools pane, click the Page Speed tab to switch to the PageSpeed Insights panel.
  3. Navigate Chrome to a web page, and click the red ANALYZE button to run PageSpeed Insights.

You can get the PageSpeed Insights on the Chrome Web Store.

PageSpeed Insights for Chrome

PageSpeed Insights Extension for Chrome

In other Google developers news,

Chrome Web Store recently launched in more countries and also received some new developers features including:

Chrome Web Store now available in six additional countries: Turkey, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates for developers to start distribute and sell their apps in these regions.

"To be successful in the new markets, developers must localize apps in as many languages as possible. This will make them more accessible to users around the world, and more likely to be promoted in the 42 countries the store is available in," Joe Marini, Developer Advocate posted.

Google also created a special collection in the store highlighting the "offline apps." If you are a developer, getting your app listed in this collection is as simple as adding the offline_enabled flag to your app's manifest file.

Chrome Web Store: Now Offline Apps Collection, Six new countries, Apps Insights Graph

To help those like to know how many times their apps and extensions are being viewed vs. how many installations are occurring. Google also created a new graph view to help you understand the performance of your apps.

"To make this data more accessible, you can easily download it as a CSV file. Currently, we provide 90 days of history information," Marini said.

Google says that in the near future, they will further refine this feature - "for example, we may increase the historical period for which data is available and add other features to help you understand how your apps are being adopted," Marinin explained.

Chrome Web Store: New Apps Insights Graph in Developer Dashboard

Google Apps

Also, the following features are now available to domains (Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education) following the Scheduled Release track:

- Gmail: End-users will be able to select Welsh and Latin American Spanish as the default language in Gmail Settings.

And, finally, starting this week, the new Google bar look will be rolling out to all Google Apps users. As a part of this launch the Google bar will not show while viewing or editing Docs or Sites. This change frees up space on the screen.