Thursday, May 7, 2015

Google+ Growing Circles Hop Linky Party!

Starting Monday (May 4th) of THIS week, Google Plus made the official announcement that Collections are now available! This means that you can share or reshare a G+ post to a specific category (called a collection). While preparing for our party post, I saw the new addition and just had to share it with you all so you can start using this new feature (it's pretty awesome!). So, while our Week 6 G+ Tip was supposed to be a continued conversation about hashtags and usage, I thought this brand new feature needed to be shared first!

You might have noticed that the Google Photos and Google Stream is also making an appearance this week. Stick with us...We'll be talking about that soon too, as more information becomes available.

For now...Let's see G+ Collections in action!

This new capability to group posts by topic is amazing, and I know that I (for one) will be much more willing to reshare favorite G+ posts now that I'll have an easier way to find them later. Think of these new Collections as your pinboards on Pinterest - and you know how we all love Pinterest! Yeah, these new G+ Collections are gonna be AWESOME like that.

After you click "New Collection," you'll see a screen like this:

The first steps...Create a name for your collection and set its visibility (public, private, etc). You need to be sure of your name and visibility settings, because once created, they cannot be changed!

After you've shared a couple of posts to your new collection, it will look like this:

One thing I noticed, but it's probably just a glitch...

When you go to your Collections from the HOME drop down menu (as shown in our title post at the top), this is what you'll see:

Yes, it's a lot like Pinterest - but I'm not complaining about it one bit! 

TIP: As far as I can tell, there is no ability to move collections. Once they are created, they are stuck (maybe this will change in the future). 

I thought maybe they would be alphabetized, but - No.

So that's a wrap up for our G+ Tip this week. I hope you guys will be loving this new feature as much as I already do. The sheer power of google is incredible. These new Collections can only create more visibility for us as bloggers and small business owners - and that's HUGE!

Side Note: This new feature is available for your computer and android devices and is coming soon for iOS users.

~ Kim from 2justByou Blog

NOW...Who's ready to party?!?

And remember: You need to use the party hashtag AND link up for the best benefits of the party. =0) 

*** Don't forget! ***
The party stays open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Show us your G+ posts. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! 

Don't forget to use the party hashtag:

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  

See all the posts for our G+ Tips Series: 
Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles