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Google+ Updates - New Pages and Profile Improvements

Google is currently in the process of rolling out an update to Google+.

Here’s Google+ Product Manager Sara Mckinley to give us some of the details:

We spend lots of time listening to your feedback, and today we're launching some profile and page updates that you've been asking for. These include:

    • A new tab for your Local reviews. In addition to your photos, +1's and YouTube videos, there's now a place for all your Local reviews. Highlight your favourite restaurants, or hide the tab completely via settings - it's completely up to you.

    • An easier way to edit your info. The 'About' tab now consists of separate cards (like Story, Places, and Links) - each with its own prominent edit link. As always: you can share specific fields with specific circles, or keep them just for you.

    • Bigger cover photos, with a better aspect ratio. Cover photos are much larger than before (up to 2120px by 1192px), and they display in 16x9 when fully expanded. This way more images can be used as cover photos, and there’s more room for your selection to shine.

Everything's rolling out gradually, so check back soon if you don't see it yet. Once it’s live (at plus.google.com/me), let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Cadbury UK and YouTube are already taking advantage of these updates and have changed their cover photos to a giant design. Other brands will probably need to make sure their own cover photos now fit the sizing and utilise this space with a prominent image. Has Google+ gone a little far with the size of these giant images, forcing people to scroll before they can access information? What do you think of the changes?

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