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Google Plus: What’s Hot on Google+, Google+ Ripples, Google+ Creative Kit, and Google+ Integrates with Google Apps

Google rolled out following new features to its social networking project Google Plus:

What’s Hot on Google+: launched today is a new place to visit for interesting and unexpected content to see what everyone’s talking about, informed Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering.

Google+ Ripples is a new visualization tool for public shares and comments that let you watch how posts get shared.

Google+ LogoTo get started, just find a public post that interests you, and select “View Ripples.” From there you can replay its activity, zoom in on certain events, identify top contributors and much more. Google+ Ripples is still experimental.

Google+ Creative Kit is a fast and friendly way to make powerful edits to your photos. have more fun with your photos. “Now you can add that vintage feel to your vacation photos. Or sharpen those snapshots from the family barbeque. Or add some text for added personality,” said Gundorta.

Adding, Gundorta said, “To make photo editing a fun, we’ve added some limited-edition Halloween effects to the Creative Kit, and we’re inviting everyone on Google+ to join a ghoulish (and good-spirited) photo competition.”

“Through the end of October, simply add some spook to your photos, and share them publicly on Google+ with the hashtag #gplushalloween. We’ll assemble a surprise panel of celebrities, and next Thursday, Nov 3, they’ll announce their favorites,” said Gundotra.

In the meantime, you can see early submissions from community members below:

From left to right: Larry Page, Sergey Brin (top), Adrian Grenier (bottom), Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg (top), Felicia Day (bottom), Tyra Banks, Rose McGowan
Google+ Creative Kit: Halloween strip

Google+ is now available to Google Apps:
Finally, today, Google+ is available to all Google Apps customers worldwide.

“Starting now you can manually turn on Google+ for your organization. Once Google+ is turned on, your users will just need to sign up at google.com/+ to get started. For customers who use Google Apps for Business or the free version of Google Apps and who’ve chosen to automatically enable new services, Google+ will automatically become available to all of your users over the next several days,” informed Ronald Ho, Product Manager.

Ronald notes that “Google Apps users will have access to the same set of features that’re available to every Google+ user, and more. In addition to sharing publicly or with your circles, you’ll also have the option to share with everyone in your organization, even if you haven’t added all of those people to a circle.”

In short, Google+ is now avialbe to all Google Apps users, be it Google Apps for Business, Google for Government, Google Apps for Education. Wheather, you work at home, at work and at college Google+ is there for you.

google+ integates with google apps

google+ circles in google apps

google+ hangouts in google apps

Ronald notes, “For those of you who’ve already started using Google+ with a personal Google Account and would prefer to use your Google Apps account, we’re building a migration tool to help you move over. With this tool, you won’t have to rebuild your circles, and people who’ve already added you to their circles will automatically be connected to your new profile. We expect this migration option to be ready in a few weeks, so if you’d like, you can go ahead and get started with your Apps account today and merge your connections once the tool is available.”

Watch the videos demonstrating above launched features:

What’s Hot on Google+:

Google+ Ripples:

Google+ Creative Kit:

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