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Two Google Plus feature improvements for managing streams

Google has released two features (August 2011) that will make managing and reading your Google Plus stream more enjoyable.

If you are using Google Plus, then you are probably following some very active posters. This is great for gathering information and participating in ongoing conversations, but sometimes the streams you are following can get a little difficult to follow.

Well, for those situations Google has released two new features during the month of August 2011 that will help you manage those dynamic streams a little more efficiently.

Stream control

Take a look at Figure A. I am using Jason Hiner's Google + stream as our example Guinea pig.

Figure A

Jason Hiner's Google + stream
Arrow 1 is pointing to a small icon that will toggle expand and collapse the view of the Google + stream. If a stream is getting to busy for you to keep up with, you can collapse it and move through the stream at your own speed. (Figure B) Arrow 2 is pointing to the new floating navigation bar. At one time this bar was attached to the top of the Google App page (including Google +), but now it floats over the flow of the page and always remains at the top. This means Google App navigation is readily available at all times.

Figure B

Expand and collapse streams as necessary

Google is always asking for feedback and suggestions that will make Google Apps better, do you have any suggestions you'd like to share with your peers at TechRepublic? Is there a particular behavior that you want to change?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

14 comments
dbobke
dbobke

While the feature of rolling up comments underneath a post in your stream is there (in fact it does it automatically over about 5-6 comments), the app bar is NOT floating as of yet. Not sure when they will add this.

Mohale Mohale
Mohale Mohale

Could anyone of you send me an invitation, I have been on my toes to get signed in but everyday I try to log in I get the message that only limited number is allowed

remaketse
remaketse

Hi i would like to ask on how to get a google + invite if you don't have any u know to send you an invite, is the away of getting an account without some one sending you an invite

chris_black
chris_black

I want to love G+ - and have been an evangelist to my FB friends, but after logging in and seeing my circles empty AGAIN I've decided to put G+ aside until the platform firms up. Is anyone else finding their circles get emptied of friends and they have to repopulate them? (Yes, I've sent feedback to Google.)

nico
nico

Calendar in Android: 1) Option to silence phone for period of appointment. 2) Appointment reminder snooze. GMail: 1) Scheduled delay sending of Email. 2) Scheduled recurring sending of Email. Spreadsheet: 1) Conditional formatting based on formulas.

stmedia
stmedia

this doesn't appear in my G+ and I don't want to do stuff with extensions so early on in the game.

eboyhan
eboyhan

neither of the "features" you've described appear in my version of G+ -- although both do appear to be available as Chrome extensions

SKDTech
SKDTech

A particular behavior that I want to change? Seeing daily headlines about a service which is unavailable to me and the rest of the interested world. I understand that Google+ is the hot new thing and we desperately need an alternative to Facebook, but constant feature showcases do nothing but increase the frustration levels for us unlucky fools who aren't allowed in yet.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Do you have any suggestions you'd like to share with your peers at TechRepublic? Is there a particular behavior that you want to change?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I don't know why the features would not be available. As you can see in the screenshots, I'm using Firefox.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Everyone on Google + has 150 invites now - I have 150 left myself - if you know someone that has an account ask them to send you an invite.

stmedia
stmedia

I have 150 invitations left

stephen.roy
stephen.roy

Can you send me invite? What is need from me to accept an invite?

paul.froehle
paul.froehle

I'd like one to see if it works on an Android Transformer