Google+ has launched a bunch of new plugins that help visitors to connect with users directly from their website. There’s an updated Google+ Follow plugin and updated badges for Google+ Profiles and Pages. Users can now also create a badge for Google+ Communities.
A new Follow button
The Google+ Follow button is a standalone plugin that lets visitors follow you from your site. it integrates easily with users existing social buttons.
A new badge for Communities
Community managers who have been asking for a way to attract members across the web can now heave a sigh of relief with badges for Google+ Communities. These badges are highly configurable, making it easy to match user’s site design.
When visitors click the ‘Preview’ button they’ll see the user’scommunity page in a new browser tab. From there they can view recent posts (subject to your community’s privacy settings), as well as join. Returning to your site is as simple as closing the new tab.
Updated badges for Pages and Profiles
Like the new communities badge, the updated Page and Profile badges are highly customisable, including portrait and landscape modes, light and dark themes, and turning on/off items like the cover photo and tagline.
According to Raj Iyengar, Product Manager, Google+, existing badges will stick around for up to 90 days, giving users time to configure the new version for their website(s). After 90 days, Google+ ‘ll automatically upgrade any Google+ badges to the new design.
The new plugin updates include a new visual style that’s more consistent with the recent improvements to Google+. This includes the +1 and Share buttons, which according to the social service will be updated automatically over the next few weeks.