Holy Cover Photo, Google+!

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Yesterday Google+ launched some exciting new updates to the Google+ profile that make navigating profiles easier. Not to mention, they look pretty snazzy.

Google Cover

The first and most noticeable update—and I mean hugely noticeable—is the new cover photo feature. Cover photos are now 2120px by 1192px, and they display in 16×9 when they are expanded (I told you it was big). These cover photos allow you to visually show off your brand when a visitor first lands on your page. While the cover photo takes up a lot of space initially, Google has also included a feature to make navigating the content below easy. When you scroll down to the content on the page, the large cover photo is converted into a small and wide banner that includes a small circle version of your profile picture.

Google Cover Circle

Google also added a new local reviews tab, which has some pretty cool features. First of all, the tab consolidates all of the reviews any customer has written about your company in one convenient and easy-to-navigate location. Additionally, there is a Google Maps link on the top right corner of the tab that will easily guide consumers to your business. Pretty cool.

Finally, Google simplified the process of making edits to your info. If you click on the “About” tab, there is now a separate “edit” button for each of the categories (People, Story, Work, Education, etc.). This makes editing your information quick and easy.

So, what do you think? Did Google+ get it right with the new changes?



I actually like the changes quite a bit, though now I’ll need to design a composite photo for the new dimensions.