Google+ rolls out local ‘Reviews,’ huge cover photos, and a prettier ‘About’ section

google plus large cover photo update

Google+ will look a little different starting today. Google Product Manager Sara McKinley introduced a few new features today that she says users have been asking for.

google plus reviews tab

First off there’s going to be an additional tab that will show up on the navigation section of your profile page. Titled “Reviews,” this section is for sharing the places you’ve been to and any reviews you may have written about your experiences. We think the reason that “Reviews” gets its own section, even though the app isn’t a venue discovery platform, is that the social network has figured that this is the way to encourage users to tag every place they’ve been to. Location has been a feature that Facebook has been struggling to get its users to adopt. But if you’re not much of a foodie or traveler, you can hide this tab. 

google plus big cover photo

Aside from the new feature we’ve already mentioned above, there’s some notable design changes that will gradually roll out to users. What’s most noticeable, and one thing that Robert Scoble in fact tested out earlier today, are bigger Google+ cover photos. And by big we mean big. These new photo dimensions are up to 2120 x 1192px – the cover photos prior to the changes were 940 x 180px. To put the immense size of these photos comparative to your screen, take a look at the the new cover photo in our screen shot above. With this size McKinley encourages users to get creative with their cover photos and says, “more images can be used as cover photos, and there’s more room for your selection to shine.”

google plus about section

Finally, the “About” tab section is a lot more colorful and easier on the eyes. Different types of information about you are divvyed up into separate cards, tinged with a border of different colors. Your work experience has its own card, while your education history makes up another. And on the management side of things, editing these cards is a cinch. The bottom left corner of each card is accompanied by an “Edit” link that pops up a box where you can edit your information. For the privacy concerned, rest assured that each of these cards are governed by your custom privacy settings that you can set to determine what circles do or don’t see your personal info.

These features are being rolled out starting today, and we’re already seeing some of these updates showing up in our profiles so expect it to be released to you in the next couple of days if not today.

Social Media

Facebook will pay to spy on you, but you can make more money elsewhere

Facebook's new Study app will track how you use your phone and provide that data to the social media giant. The company will even pay you for it — but likely not very much, especially compared to the market rate for your personal…
Social Media

Here's how to link your Instagram, Facebook accounts for social syncing

Instagram and Facebook go hand in hand. Here's how you can make the most of the superior integration offered by the two social media behemoths, which should help your pics gain more exposure in the long run.
Social Media

These are the best ways to make your own animated GIF to share

Love sharing GIFs with your friends and peers, but wish you could make your own? Here's how to do so in Photoshop, or using a few other methods that don't require you to shell out a premium fee with each calendar year.
Social Media

Zuckerberg may have known more about Facebook’s privacy scandal than we thought

In the midst of an ongoing investigation into Facebook's Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, a new report suggests that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg may have known about the company's much-criticized approach to privacy.

Bored with your Snapchat username? Here's how to change it

We've all been there. You're setting up a new account and just type in whatever pops into your head as a username. Then, later on, you realize that was a mistake. Here's how to change your Snapchat username.

Get together with your buddies, talk, and play games with Snapchat's group chat

You can get your friends together for a good time, even if they are hundreds of miles away, by starting up a group chat on Snapchat. Here's how to make a group chat on Snapchat and get the party started.

Tesla screens may support YouTube with next software update

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced today at E3 that the infotainment screens will support YouTube video streaming very soon. This most likely lines up with the latest software update that is expected later this year.
Social Media

Instagram is back up after being offline. Here’s the latest on the outage

Instagram finally came back online Thursday afternoon after an outage that lasted just over an hour. The Instagram outage was one of several that hit at the same time, including a several-hour failure at the PlayStation Network.
Social Media

Facebook’s comment-ranking system aimed at taming the dumpster fire

Even by the standards of the internet, Facebook comments are famously awful. Now Facebook is introducing a new comment ranking system to attempt to tackle this problem by promoting quality comments and hiding low quality ones.

Adobe concocts an A.I. that can detect — and reverse — manipulated photos

The company behind the software that's often used to manipulate photographs may help make it easy to spot a fake photo. Researchers at Adobe recently created an artificially intelligent program that can recognize fake photos of faces.
Social Media

Kim Kardashian can get a deepfake taken off YouTube. It’s much harder for you

YouTube took down an incredibly realistic — and fake — video purporting to show Kim Kardashian West discussing a shadowy organization called “Spectre” and mocking her fans for violating copyright.
Social Media

Maybe you missed something, so here's how to take another look at that Snap

The people you follow on Snapchat are important to you. If you get frustrated when you're trying to look at a friend's Snap or Story and it disappears, here's how to replay a Snapchat message or post.

You can delete Snapchat messages in a snap with these simple tips

If you've ever sent a message to someone and wish you could delete it, Snapchat has a feature you'll like. Yes, it lets you delete messages you've already sent. There are some limitations, though. Here's how to delete Snapchat messages.

Brush up on your makeup skills with YouTube’s new augmented reality feature

YouTube will soon let users try on makeup while watching popular makeup tutorials through augmented reality. Viewers will be able to actually try on the makeup products the online tutorials are showcasing and promoting.