So over the last 24 hours I have been testing Google+ Social Network quite heavily, I decided to show some images of some cool functions Google+ has I will show a few snap shots of a few of these features:
First image is the main page, this is where you post status updates to various circles:
Second image is the main profile page for your Google+ profile:
Third image is the section where you can group various contacts to circles:
Forth image is to show the “sparks” section this is similar to Google news yet it seems to pick up high quality sources only for specific keywords.
Fifth image is probably one of the most interesting features I have seen, this is called “Google Hangouts” what you can do is hook up your web cam and add friends to your circles, you can chat via cam or you can share live video:
I have also been testing the Google+ Android App on my phone, and lets say it is very slick, one of the best profile apps I have used.
It is easy to see that this will leverage off youtube, it will use Google +1 to connect up to your contacts, it will leverage Gmail and many other networks to all link upto this new project.
It is still funny to go around on the internet and see Australian SEO’s saying at +1 buttons are a fad and for clients not to use them, I disagree 100% I feel that +1 is big, and if you do not embrace it you will miss the boat.
It is not like Google Wave, that was a bit of a nightmare and it seemed rushed, this new project seems to have alot more thought involved.
So I have been quite active on SEOmoz recently, making a fair few posts and getting involved in many posts and discussions about SEO.
I noticed I just hit over 500 moz points, and have come in line with the link building master Eric Enge (as seen below)
What do Moz Points mean you may ask? well moz points are the SEO moz ranking metric to show users rank for how helpful you are on the SEOmoz community and also to show how active you are.
I have been on SEO moz for a while I have a business account and my personal account “connections8”. My advice to any one who wants to learn SEO is to get onto SEO moz search around for old posts and get active, these guys have some great SEO content.
So I think any one who has been working in SEO over the last few years has been hearing and reading a lot of chit chat about the influence of social on search! I know because I have been one of the guys writing a lot of social/seo related content and my job is a Senior SEO and Social Media Specialist.
But I think before every one gets ahead of themselves here we need to remember what is the general public doing and seeing in these search results? I find it kind of funny when SEO moz or the likes do some analysis on their internal SERP from the network they connect with. I mean the results are going to be highly skewed to your own friends content correct (because these are the guys who are highly social savvy) I do not think it is the best guide to take at all.
You really need to shut off all personalization by viewing content in SERPS’s via Ad Preview from Google or by adding &pws=0 to search results, when conducting these tests.
A lot of guys will also ask what can I do to assist social search? Well here is some basic advice –
* Work out which platforms work best for your target market? I mean you are not going to fill up FARK.com buttons on a insurance brands website now are you? But a tech website you may do it.
* You really need to get across all Q&A websites like Quora and the likes as these sites work well.
* You really need to research what social buttons work and which social buttons do not work niche by niche? I mean do In shares work, do FB shares work, do +1’s work?
* Test cool social tools to aid your Social SEO example LIKEPLUS1 –
You need to research,research,research and then keep testing non stop.
I am running many social SEO tests recently and will share bits and pieces as I gather results.
OK so over the last 24 hours we have seen some big riots in Vancouver, one stand out image which has gone viral over this period is a picture of a couple kissing. The funny thing is that this was all set up, I noticed on Tumblr that some one had shown how it was all a big set up as seen here