Google +1 button today rolls out a new feature that show show more relevant content to users. Now, when users hover over a +1 button, they will see recommendations for other great content on your site.
"For example, when I go the the Chrome Web Store and look at +1 recommendations on the Gmail app, I see related apps and recommendations from friends. To keep these recommendations more relevant and on-topic, they will always refer to pages on the same domain or subdomain as the +1 button," explains Julie Farago, Engineering Manager.
If you've already added the +1 button to your site, there's nothing more you need to do. Recommendations will work across all +1 buttons for all users, whether or not they're signed into Google+.
This update will go live to all of your users in the next few weeks.
In other Google news, the comapny today made available new Fusion Tables API, that now includes all of the functionality of the existing SQL API, plus the ability to read and modify table and column metadata as well as the definitions of styles and templates for data visualization, informs Warren Shen, Fusion Tables team.
This API is "also integrated with the Google APIs console which lets developers manage all their Google APIs in one place and take advantage of built-in reporting and authentication features," Shen added.
Google also announced a six month deprecation period for the existing SQL API, check out this migration guide.
For a detailed description of the features in the new API, refer to the API documentation.
Google Apps Vault user interface is now available in 28 languages, including double-byte languages like Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. "This new, global Vault interface enables customers worldwide to more easily access and manage their data, further reducing the costs and risks that businesses today face," posted Jack Halprin, Head of eDiscovery, Google.
Google Apps Vault archives, searches and manages messages in all languages that Google Apps supports (50+).
For those not aware, "Google Apps Vault delivers retention, archiving and eDiscovery capabilities for email and chat messages, enabling businesses of all sizes to access and manage business-critical information. Vault offers true manage-in-place capabilities by applying retention policies directly to the Google Apps data, without the need to move, export, or create a copy of data in a separate location."
Google Apps Vault is available for new and recent Google Apps for Business and Education customers.
Also, the following feature released to Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education on June 26th: "Docs: Users will have the ability to add comments to any file that is uploaded to Google Docs or Drive and that can be opened with Google Docs Viewer. Such files can also be shared with other users with commenter permissions," informs Google.
And, the following feature intends to these domains on July 3rd:
"Gmail: In addition to the default HD themes already included in Gmail, users now have the ability to create their own custom themes. They can upload their own images directly, select from their Google+ photos or simply paste any image URL."
For budding novelists, poets and philosophers -- Google today launched a new 'Docs Demo: Masters Edition' that let you experience collaboration with some of your (or at least you professor's) favorite authors.
Try typing up part of an essay and see if Poe, Nietzsche and other literary greats can help whip your paper into shape.