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Are There Privacy Concerns with Google Plus?

Google Plus, Google’s recently announced social network, is currently being tested by select users as a beta project. In what is common with web-based software, the beta version of the platform was released to testers with limited features as well as basic security and privacy features. According to various reports online, a significant flaw in the privacy settings has already been identified.

Content Exposed Through Resharing

Like most of the popular social networks these days, Google Plus is designed to allow users to share and reshare content. The platform is equipped with a unique component known as Circles, a feature that allows users to separate their friends by criteria such as relatives, co-workers, and classmates. Unfortunately, all the content you share with your circle can be shared with the people in their circle, essentially meaning that your status updates, photos, videos, and other content can be exposed to complete strangers.

Since the beta version apparently does not have an option that allows you to restrict who reshares your content with others, those passing along sensitive information could possibly have concerns over this feature. However, Google has come up with a quick fix to counter the early critics. A BusinessInsider article showed that the company included a dialog box explaining to the user that the original post was shared with an exclusive audience and warning them to share the content responsibly. While disabling the reshare feature may have been a better move in the eyes of some observers, whether or not this approach will suffice when the project goes live is something that remains to be seen.

Big Deal or No Big Deal?

The Google Plus flaw was reportedly first spotted by Tim Bradshaw, journalist and Digital Media Correspondent for London’s Financial Times. According to Bradshaw, this flaw is no where near as serious as the hole that resulted in Google having to shell out a hefty sum to settle a legal dispute over the Buzz privacy fiasco. The Plus issue certainly does not seem to be a big deal at this point when considering that the product is being tested and such flaws can easily be addressed before the official launch. Additionally, while Google should certainly be held responsible for making sure users know how the platform works, it is ultimately up to the user to know just how public social sharing can be. Regardless of what mechanisms are in place, anything you share online can technically be shared with others.

Google has been trying to make a huge splash in the social space for some time, and may finally succeed with Plus. Due to its less than stellar track record, all eyes will certainly be on the internet powerhouse every step of the way. There does not appear to be any major privacy concerns in the early goings, but hopefully for Google’s sake this is not a sign indicative of the search giant getting in the way of its own success once again.

How-to Make RSS Feeds for Google+ Posts Profile

You could create an RSS for one of many reasons, such as, know about the latest news from a website, follow someone’s updates, or something else. RSS feeds are really useful as they are the easiest way to keep yourself updated with all that’s new. You can also learn a lot if you’re following someone who likes to update about interesting things happening around, hence here’s a method to create an RSS Feeds for Google+ Posts for profiles.

RSS Feeds for Google+ Posts

People have already begun using Google+ to share things with others, so it’s high time that you start following someone who posts good updates. RSS is the best way to go, because you can then add it to your favorite Feed reader and get updates along with all your other feeds. To make RSS feeds for Google+ profile is fairly simple and requires only a few minutes and a web app known as Google Plus Feed.

Create RSS Feeds for Google+ Posts

  • Firstly, you’ll need to get the profile ID of the person whose RSS feed you want to make. The profile ID is a long string of numbers, for example, for Profile “plus.google.com/117420368760274729369/” the profile ID is 117420368760274729369.
  • Now go to http://plusfeed.appspot.com and add the profile ID to it like this http://plusfeed.appspot.com/117420368760274729369.

Google  User Feed

  • Open Google reader or any other feed reader of your choice and add the URL to it. Below you can see that I’ve created an RSS feed and it has been successfully added.

google plus feed

You’re done!! You now have made an RSS feed of a Google+ user. However, if the person has limited all his posts and updates to a certain circle then you cannot see the updates. Only if it’s made Expanded, can you see the updates.

If you’ve been wanting to get someone’s update on your feed reader, then this is the easiest way to make it happen.

7 Chrome Extensions To Improve Your Google Plus Experience

Google Plus has been on the news ever since the day it was released. Millions of users flocked to check out this new social networking service by the search giant within just a few days of it’s release. Some people really liked the way Google designed this new networking service, whereas some claimed it to be a clone of Facebook. No matter what people have to say, Google Plus has become a really good competitor to it’s counterparts Facebook and Twitter.

In this post, I present to you 7 Google Chrome extensions that can completely enhance your Google Plus experience.

1. Extended Share for Google Plus

Extended Share for Google Plus

Extended Share for Google Plus is a perfect chrome extension for those who use other social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, in addition to Google+. It provides a quick way to share your posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Basically, it adds a “Share on..” link to each of your posts, which on clicking will bring up an internal bubble letting you share your posts directly on other social networks.

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2. Usability Boost for Google Plus

Usability Boost For Google Plus

This chrome extension makes small CSS changes in Google+, so as to improve the readability and make the page more pleasing. It basically puts more focus on the content and enables you to easily distinguish between the posts and comments. It also pins the notification bar at the top, so that is always accessible.

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3. Notification Count for Google Plus

Notification Count for Google Plus

This extension checks for any unread notifications on your Google+ account and displays the notification count on your browser notification toolbar. It can be really useful if you want to stay up to date with what’s happening in your Circles, without keeping an open tab to do so.

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4. GTools+

GTools

GTools+ is a really nifty Google Chrome extension that adds various useful features to Google+. It lets you stick the notifications bar always on top when scrolling, translate posts, customize notifications color, add notifications for Gmail and Google Reader, and much more.

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5. Google+Tweet

Google Tweet

Google+Tweet is a chrome extension that completely integrates Twitter inside Google+. It is a fully featured Twitter client for Google+. It lets you tweet, view your timeline, re-tweet, check your inbox, share your photos and much more.

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6. Google+ Tweaks

Google  Tweaks

This chrome extension lets you tweak the layout and features of Google+. You can preview images when you mouse over them, make Google+ use your full browser’s width, hide various elements that you don’t use, pin the notification bar and much more.

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7. Native Gmail for Google Plus

Native Gmail for Google Plus

This chrome extension lets you integrate Gmail into your Google+ page. It adds unread mail count in the notification bar and also lets you view your mails right within Google+. It also provides you options to set the refresh interval and the interval rate.

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Which among these extensions do you use? Have any other Google Chrome extensions to recommend? Tell us about it via the comments section.

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