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Google+ Website Widget by WidgetsPlus

Google+ Website Widget

Here’s another great and easy to use Google+ widget that you can use on your website and blog which has been created by WidgetsPlus.

This widget allows you to add a Google+ widget - similar to googleCards which we recently wrote about – in a few easy steps. This widget allows you to edit the button width, font size, widget width, custom font selection and even allows you to include an update feed from your Google+ profile (limited to 280 characters).

Installing the Google+ widget on your website or blog

1. To get started configuring your Google Plus Widget click the “Get Widget” button.

Start configuring your Google+ website widget

2. The Basic settings are where you specify your basic settings like your Google+ ID, text font, widget width and where you can specify whether you’d like to include the update feed on your widget.

Google Plus Widget - Basic Settings

3. For the purpose of this “how to”, I’ve checked the “Include update feed” option to demonstrate an additional option you’ll get on doing so which allows you to specify the height of the feed widget.

Google Plus Widget - Basic Settings

4. Ticking the “Include update feed” will show your latest Google+ updates beneath the Google+ widget as shown below.

Google Plus Widget - Enable Google+ profile update feed on widget

5. In the Main area settings, you can set your preferences for the background colour, border colour and widget border colour.

Google Plus Widget - Main Area Settings

6. The Title settings area allows you to select whether you’d like to display a title and include a Google+ logo.

Google Plus Widget - Title Settings

7. The Name text option gives you the ability to set the font colour of your name in the widget as well as the text size.

Google Plus Widget - Name Text

8. All Button options are available under this section and you can customise the button width, background / border & text colour; as well as text size and options that control the button hover background, border and text colour.

Google Plus Widget - Button

9. Within the Bottom text options you can customise the look and feel of your latest feed updates.

Google Plus Widget - Bottom Text

10. You can preview what your Google+ website widget will look like with the options you’ve selected. If you’re happy with the result, click on the “Get code” button and copy the script output to insert into your website or blog.

Google Plus Widget - Widget preview and getting your widget code

Google+ website Widget allows you to easily customise the output options of your Google+ profile widget and to then implement it on your website or blog.

You can also checkout the googleCards Google+ profile widget for WordPress

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On Quora: “I already use Facebook and even Twitter. Why do I need Google+?”

On Quora: "I already use Facebook and even Twitter. Why do I need Google+?"

You should head on over to Quora and read this post: “I already use Facebook and even Twitter. Why do I need Google+?”

The question asked in more detail on the site is:

What are some things that Google+ will give me that Facebook (and Twitter) won’t? Is Google + a “new thing” or simply a different way of doing the same thing? – What type of contacts, information, content would I have access to with Google + that I don’t have with Facebook or Twitter today? Like, I’m in StumbleUpon – gives me something that Facebook or Twitter don’t. I’m in Quora, gives me something specialized (Q&A) that’s better than what Facebook does… but what is “the thing” about Google +? I just don’t get it.

It’s a good question to many right now, especially die hard fans of those “other” respected social networks (and people that haven’t as yet got access to Google+).

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googleCards – Google+ WordPress plugin for linking to your Google+ profile

googleCards - Google+ WordPress plugin for linking to your Google+ profile

If you’re looking for a simple WordPress plugin that adds a Google+ widget for linking directly to your Google+ profile, googleCards is exactly what you’re looking for.

Authored by mabujo, googleCards is described as:

googleCards is a google+ wordpress plugin. It adds a widget to your blog that will display a link to your google+ profile so people can add you to a circle (follow you). It also displays your name, profile picture and the number of people who have you in circles.

mabujo has put some thought into the development of this plugin as he has minimised the load time for this Google+ profile widget by caching your Google+ profile data. This is what he says:

The plugin uses caching to store your google plus profile data to eliminate checking google+ on every page load. For the caching to work, your web-server needs to be able to write to wp-content. (a lot of plugins require this so it should be fine). If the plugin cannot cache it will still work, but will store the data in the database instead. If caching is working you should see a file called plus_card.txt in /wp-content/cache/.

Ready to setup googleCards? Yes? Fabulous! Read on…

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GPEEP – Google+ People Search by Daniel Travolto

GPeep - Google+ People Search by Daniel Travolto

GPEEP by Daniel Travolto is a Google+ people search engine which allows you to add and tag yourself in its directory. You’re able to tag yourself multiple times and it will append it to your GPEEP profile.

Add yourself to the GPEEP directory

Adding yourself to the GPEEP directory is a piece of cake! If you don’t believe me, check this out:

1. Click on the “add yourself to the directory” link at the top of the GPEEP homepage

Add yourself to the GPEEP directory

2. The most important thing you’ll need is your Google+ ID number which you can find in your profile URL and which looks like this:

The bold part of the URL above is the unique numeric identifier for your Google+ profile ID number. Copy that number and paste it into the “Google+ ID Number” field (see below).

3. Choose a descriptive tag you’d like to add to the GPEEP directory – in my case I added: pedrodasilva, Pedro Da Silva, AllGooglePlus, Virtual WordPress Assistant and Your Social Media Guy

Add your Google+ profile info into GPEEP

4. Select your country.

5. Select the closest city to you.

6. You then have two optional fields that you can complete – Industry or subject of study and Profession or subject of study. I’d recommend completing all the fields for SEO and social search purposes.

7. Click on the “add yourself now” button.

8. You’re now an official GPEEP :-) and your profile should appear on the GPEEP homepage.

Your GPEEP directory profile listing

Tag yourself multiple times

To tag yourself multiple times,  click on the “add yourself to the directory” link at the top of the GPEEP homepage as you did above and add a new tag.

Add yourself to the GPEEP directory

View your GPEEP profile info and tags

1. Next to your new listing in the GPEEP Google+ people search directory you’ll see a GP button (see below). Click on this button to edit and view your GPEEP directory info and tags.

How to view and edit your GPEEP profile and tags

2. Your GPEEP profile will show you your Google+ profile info (which it inherits from your Google+ profile) as well as the tags you’ve tagged yourself with in the GPEEP directory.

Your GPEEP Google+ People Search profile

That’s it – what’s stopping you from getting started with GPEEP? Add yourself to the GPEEP Google+ people search directory now!

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Google+ Exodus shutdown by Facebook

Google+ Exodus shutdown by Facebook
Personally I find it quite amusing how Facebook has been scrambling over the last couple of weeks to shut down all apps which allow it’s users in defecting to the Google+ “dark side”. It’s crazy how Facebook have taken it upon themselves to decide what it is that users of its service can do with THEIR own data! What the Zuck is that all about mother Zuckers?

The latest casualty to experience Facebook-style sanctions is Google+ Exodus.

Jack Carter and Albert Nichols are the creators of Google+ Exodus, which was supposed to make your migration away from Facebook easier by alerting your Facebook friends, and which was inspired by Mohammed Mansour’s Facebook Friend Exporter and Open-Xchange’s service.

This is how Google+ Exodus described their service:

When you use Exodus, all of your friends with Facebook Email set up (the ones with profile URLs like “”) will get an invite to Google+. It will appear in the “Other” subsection of the Messages page. It won’t bother them by showing up in the notifications bar. If more than one of your friends uses Exodus, the messages will appear in the same thread, rather than clogging your inbox.

Google+ Exodus claimed to have over 10,000 hits over one day which resulted in the closure of the door which allowed them access to your Facebook friends and alerting your friends of your Google+ profile.

Check out the message below which you’re greeted with when visiting the Google+ Exodus website:

"Facebook caught us." say Google+ Exodus

RIP Google+ Exodushowever, I have no doubt that there will be several similar services popping up on a weekly basis for the foreseeable future!

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