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Monday, August 29, 2011

Google plus games

On August 10 2011 Google added games to Google Plus. In this way Google challenged facebook with its games.

Difference between Google plus and Facebook games

Google plus games have separated game-related messages on games section. Contrary Facebook users share messages with all their friend and this have side effect, Facebook users didn't like anybody see their game notifications. For example what if a user have boss as a facebook friend and boss see game notificatio issude during work?

Google said:
The Games page is also where your game accomplishments will appear. So you can comfortably share your latest high score—your circles will only see the updates when they’re interested in playing games too.

If you’re not interested in games, it’s easy to ignore them. Your stream will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about.

Quality of Google plus games

Google claim:

Because we want to provide both a great user experience and a great developer experience, we’re focusing on quality before quantity

In this moment games on g+ already exists on facebook. So, Google plus choosed games from facebook and payed developer teams to make a version for g+.

Let's comment best of them:

  • EdgeWorld - in my opinion best of Google plus games for now. Be careful, it is extremely addictive. It is SF strategic game where you build a base, defend from other players, join alliances, make research ...

    Edgeworld image














  • Dragon Age Legends - online RPG adventure game with lots of options. Players take on quests, earn loot and grow their kingdom as they customize and upgrade their characters. The game includes both cooperative and competitive modes. Battles are strategic as the good guys and bad guys take turns attacking on a small grid.

  • Angry birds - it is very popular game where players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs stationed on or within various structures, with the intent of destroying all the pigs on the playfield. As players advance through the game, new birds appear, some with special abilities that can be activated by the player.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Find more followers for Google plus circle

How to increase number of your followers on Google plus one network?. More followers more social power, new social network appeared: Google plus one (some call it just "g+"). And battle for followers is started. This article will discuss about few methods to extend your google circles. How to convince people to step in your google circle?

Make your profile noticable

Profile picture

Ask yourself what possible G+ follower first see when he come in touch with your Google plus profile?

First thing G+ member will see is your Google profile photo. So, you must find a photo that will grab G+ user attention. Someone once said that one picture is more powerful than thousand words, let's see example.

Profile images of Google plus users










Take a quick look on picture above and say who is most popular. In my opinion most of the people will first notice picture of Seth Godin. And yes, he is very popular and have most followers (not just on Google plus network). One of reasons of his popularity is his appearance, he is standing out. Standing put is a key of success on various social networks.

Conclusion is to choose profile picture wisely.

Posts

Posts are very important when someone make decision does he will follow your Google plus profile. If your posts cover Google plus member interests then you have good chance to get one more Google plus follower. Try to make smart and (or) funny posts and follower will come one by one.

When you have some really good post use extended circles. Extended cicrcles mean that you will share your post with everyone in your circles plus all the people in their circles (only first level).

About section and subtitle bar

Fill About section. There people watch when they want to learn some basic information about you. For example I always take a look at Introduction line under About section.

Under your user name there is one subtitle line where you can write short line of text. My advice is to use it.

Google plus - name in title, short line in subtitle and profile photo on left










Follow people with many followers

This is a rule for any social network. If you follow some person bigger chance is that this person will follow you. If that person is influential you will get more followers. Very simple, in language of numbers it is better to have follower who have 10000 followers than follower who have 15 followers.

To find Google plus influential people like celebrities and hottest Google plus posts in last 24 hours visit: Google + Statistics.

Invite people you already know

Google plus offer you to get in circles people who are in your gmail contacts. Also, under Find people there are options for invite Yahoo contacts, Hotmail contacts and option for upload address book. So, you can add all your contacts (or maybe not all) in Google circles and hope they will add you to their circles.

You can try to establish connection with your connections in other Social networks (like Twitter, Digg...) but you must find them by their gmail address or their name.


Add Google plus profile button

If you have web site or blog you can add Google plus profile button on your site. In case your site or blog have good traffic there are good chance to get some more Google plus follower.

This is how G+ profile button look like:

Guide to add Google plus profile button

  • Go to Google profile button page

  • enter your Google plus profile URL - you can find your profile URL in URL bar when your Google profile page is opened

  • Chose Google profile button size

  • Copy Google + button code and paste it on your site or blog


Try to find new Google plus followers using various groups

With time there will be various places on web where you could take an opportunity to get more Google plus followers like forums, facebook pages, internet sites, social networks...

For example take a look at this facebook page: Google Plus Add List - Get More Followers and Bigger Circles.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Add Google Plus One Button to Blogspot (blogger)

This is short step by step guide how to add Google +1(plus one) share social button to every blogger post. To implement Google plus one button on blogger you need to copy Google code for button and paste copied code inside HTML Layout section in blogger interface.

This is how Google Plus one social link looks like:

To add Google plus one button to blogspot (blogger) first copy this Google plus one code:

<!-- Google  1 button Start -->
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'>
<p></p>
<div style='float:left;padding:10px;'>
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script>
<g:plusone expr:href="data:post.url" size="standard" count="true"></g:plusone>
</div>
</b:if>
<!-- Google  1 button End -->

You can replace value of attribute size (on example is standard) with one listed of values depending on appearance you want to get:

Button size (with count) Value
google plus one small  small
google plus one medium  medium
google plus one standard  standard
google plus one tall  tall

To add Google +1 (plus one) button on the beginning of every post or on the bottom of every post follow this steps. In HTML layout search for <data:post.body/> and paste the code just before if you want to have Google +1 button on the top of the post or after it for Google plus one button on the bottom of the post.

Here are steps:

  • Go to Layout in your blogspot blog

  • Click on Layout --> Edit HTML

  • it is recommended to backup template on local hard disk before doing any change in edit template box

  • check on Expand Widget Template checkbox

  • find <data:post.body/>

  • for Google +1 button counter on the top of post add Google plus one button code (for code check previous section of this article) before <data:post.body/>

    ...

    [GOOGLE +1 BUTTON CODE]
    <data:post.body/>
    ...

  • or you can want Google plus one button on the end of your posts, add Retweet button code just after the <data:post.body/>

    ...
    <data:post.body/>
    [GOOGLE +1 BUTTON CODE]
    ...


There is one problem. On my blog main page when more than one post appear, google plus one button is showed only on first post. When one post per page is showed everything is OK. I didn't find solution for this problem on the web. On the other side this problem is not so serious.