New Google+ Plugins with Recent Google Plus Visual Style Improvements

New plugins more consistent with Google+ style: Google+ Follow button, Communities badge; updated Pages/Profiles badges. Now easier to move, download, upload +Photos. Best practices for +Page identities and YouTube API.

Google Plus, that turns two on June 28, 2013, to help web site visitors to connect with the webmaster on Google+ directly from their website today launches a bunch of new plugins as well as updates to existing ones.

These plugin updates include a more consistent visual style with the recent improvements to Google+. This includes the +1 and Share buttons, "which will be updated automatically over the next few weeks," informs Google.

new Google+ plugins include:

First up, Google launched a new compatct Google+ Follow button, a standalone plugin that --lets visitors follow you from your site.

If you've already installed the +1 button, "no JavaScript is required" and the new Follow button can be easily added and nicely integrates with existing social buttons. "All you require is to just configure the plugin, add the markup to your page, and you're all set," adds Gogole

New Google+ Follow button

Google also launched new badge for Google+ Communities. These badges are highly configurable, making it easy to match your site design, informs Google.

"When visitors click the 'Preview' button they'll see your community page in a new browser tab. From there they can view recent posts (subject to your community's privacy settings), as well as join. Returning to your site is as simple as closing the new tab," google explains.

Google also updated its exisitng badges for Pages and Profiles, making them highly customizable with new features such as "portrait and landscape modes," "light and dark themes," and "turning on/off" items like the cover photo and tagline.

Google notes, that webmaster must configure the new version badges for their website within 90 days. As after 90 days, Google+ badges will automatically upgrade to the new design.

New Google Plus Community badge using Dark and Light color themes

New Google+ Profile badge using Light color theme

New Google+ Page badges using Dark color theme

As YouTube channels starts using Google+ page identities, Google shared some best practices to ensure that your code can make authorized API calls to access the channel.

With Google+ page identities, "there can be many channels associated with a single Google Account. These associated accounts do not have a password by default; she gets access to them by signing into her personal account, and then using a switcher to go back and forth between them. With API access through web-based OAuth 2, the switcher comes automatically. The web flow will ask Alice which account she wants to use, after she signs into her "Alice Smith" account. The OAuth 2 tokens your application gets back work just as they do today," google explains.

To summarize, here are the high-level points to keep in mind: "

  • OAuth 2 will automatically display a "Select an account" web interface, allowing users with multiple channels associated with their account to choose which one they're authorizing access to. ...this doesn't apply to Android OAuth 2, yet.
  • Use of other authorization methods will mean some users need to specify which channel to use, either in their Advanced Account Settings (if they consistently use one channel), or by setting up login credentials for each channel, and using them as needed.
  • All developers are strongly encouraged to display visual feedback letting their users know which channel is currently authorized," explains YouTube team.

Update: Google is also making it easier to move, download, and upload your + photos with introducing some improvements:

A new "Move" option now making it easy to move photos between albums. All you need to do is "pick a few photos in an album (or click the new "Select" link to select all of them) and choose the desitnation."

Also, you can now easily downloads photos and save them to your computer--by just selecting the photos, and using the new "Download" option.

Loading a large set of photos is now faster with changes make to the way users add photos from their desktop.

Google also notes, that people are now using the new Google+ Photos' "Auto Awesome, Highlights, photo search," and other new features.