Yesterday, the team at Google launched a new update for their Google+ users that have seen 3 major changes take place. The next time a user logs into their profile, they will be met with larger cover photos, a revamped local reviews section and brand new about tabs. Google has asked users to keep in mind that these changes will be rolled out gradually and it may take a few hours for them to appear on their profiles.
- Cover photos – This first change allows users to upload cover photos that are much larger than before (2120px by 1192px, in fact). It is believed that this will allow users to show off their interests and personality in a much better way.
- Reviews section – This second change groups all of your local reviews in the same section (known, fittingly, as 'reviews'). Like all of the other tabs on your profile, Google+ allows you to hide this section, so users can keep their more embarrassing favourites under wraps or they can use them to show others what they're interested in.
- About tab – This third change has seen the original 'about' tab completely revamped. This tab is now able organise all of your information into separate 'Google Now' cards, such as basic information, people, story, work, places and so on. Users can rest assured that they are still able to share specific fields with circles of their choice.
Whilst not released as an official update, the Google team have also revamped the hovercards that appear when you mouse over a user's avatar. By checking out this new feature, users will quickly see that the hovercards are now much larger and that they also display their cover photo. These hovercards can also be used for a number of other communications, such as posting a Hangout, sending an email to the user and even starting a text chat.
If you are a Google+ user, then we urge you to jump online and take a look at these new updates; play around with them and explore how they can enhance your experience. If you are still yet to jump onto the Google+ bandwagon, there has never been a better time to sign up.