When Google+ emerged last summer, people’s reactions were to be expected. The early adopters were all over it. But for most people who were already suffering from social media fatigue — their response was “oh no…not another site for me to maintain!”
And many people simply opted out, not wanting to use/try yet another social networking site. All along, I have been saying that it simply could not be ignored. (like here)
Let’s look at time line for those of you who aren’t familiar with how this played out.
- Summer 2011 — Google+ launches
- 16 days later — Google+ reaches 10 million users (Facebook took 852 days, Twitter took 780)
- November 2011 — Google+ launches business pages
- January 2012 — Google+ has just added three new features to its search giant (see below)
- Do you think they don’t have the next move already planned?
This newest set of features makes personalization of Google search a given. Specifically, how/who you are connected to on Google+ will impact your search results. Again — more ammo for the argument that businesses simply cannot ignore how this is changing the world of search. Here is a quick overview of the three new features. (email readers, click here to view video)
These results enable you to find information only pertaining to you and your connections. They show photos and updates from Google+ that include what you’ve shared and what has been shared with you there.
You will be the only one who can access this exact data.
Profiles in Search
These results, also shown in autocomplete and regular search results, will display Google+ profiles of people you know or others you may be interested in following when you search for people’s names.
Once searched, you’ll also have the choice (if you’re signed in and you use it) to add Google+ users to your Circles from directly within the search results.
People and Pages
These results show you profiles or Google+ business pages on the right-hand side of the results page when you search a specific topic or key word/s.
I don’t think I have to paint the picture for you. Who do you think is going to get a higher search ranking — a business with or without Google+ content?
And take my word on it — this is just the beginning. You simply cannot ignore Google+. (Go build your Google+ business page here)
- Google Just Made A Huge Change To Its Search Results (GOOG) (businessinsider.com)
- Google starts to integrate Google+ with search results (digitaltrends.com)
- They Did It: Google Personalizes Search & It Is Not Evil (readwriteweb.com)