Google+ has received an update, which brings some new features and options to Google’s growing social network. In a nutshell, the update includes a new tab for local reviews, an upgraded version of the About tab, and larger cover photos.
The new Local Reviews tab will sit next to the photos, +1, and YouTube videos on your profile. It is designed to let you highlight your favorite restaurants and places to eat, making it easy for friends and followers to see what you and other people on Google+ like, and possibly find new places to eat. Google is likely to use this feature as a way of enhancing its own social searching services. You can hide this new tab through the settings if you’re not interested.
The About tab has been cleaned up a great deal, and it now looks substantially better and neater than it used to. Each box is now highlighted by a different color, which makes it easier to scan and find what you’re looking for. It might not be a ground-shaking update, but the About page is where people get a feel for who you are, so it’s certainly an important part of Google+.
The last part of the update has to do with the profile’s cover photo. The photo now has the more standard 16X9 aspect ratio, but like Facebook’s Timeline photos, it will only show in full size when expanded, so on the actual profile it still appears a little smashed in. Still, it’s a nice improvement over the previous size, to which was almost no image could fit without major tweaking.
Google is rolling out these new features gradually, so you may not see them on your Google+ profile just yet. Be patient, you should get the update in several days.
What do you think of the update?