Google+ search results can now be filtered to display only photo posts, says Google's Dave Coehn in an official blog post. All the users have to do is type what they're looking for, and then select “Photos” from the filter dropdown. Once enabled, users will be shown spot photo posts that have been shared with them, and these include posts that were shared only with them or public photos on Google+. Say, if you're looking for “Cartoons” on Google+ and type “Cartoons” in the search box, then you just need to select “Photos” in the dropdown menu and you will see a stream of search results with images pertaining to the search.
An interesting addition we say, as this way users can quickly find what they're looking for, instead of sifting through reams of pages. Users can also opt for “Everything”, whereby they will be shown a mixed bag of posts pertaining to their search. Other options include: People and pages, Communities, Events and more.
Google+ adds a new search filter for photo posts
Google is doing interesting things with photos on its social networking platform Google+. Earlier this month, Google announced that it would be rolling out a bunch of tweaks to Google+, including some updates to the profile page and a new Local reviews tab. These changes are based on feedback from users and will be rolled out to users gradually.
Google+ cover photos can now be larger and have a better aspect ratio. Cover photos can be as large as 2120 x 1192 pixels and they appear in a 16:9 view when fully expanded. The “About” tab has also been revamped and every section, like Story, Places and Links, now has a separate edit link.
Google recently rolled out application sign-in to the social network, which lets users to sign-in to apps with their Google+ credentials. Once you sign-in with your G+ account, you will be able to choose who gets to see information the app posts on your profile by choosing your circles. A private setting can be chosen too, making all the information you post via the app only visible to you. “Google+ doesn’t let apps spray “frictionless” updates all over the stream, so app activity will only appear when it’s relevant (like when you’re actually looking for it),” Seth Sternberg, Director of Product Management, Google+, wrote in a blog. The system will work with Google’s two-factor authentication.
Google+ application sign-in will work just like Facebook Connect, but with a more refined spam and noise filter. It works with both Android and iOS apps, and when you try to log in with your Google+ credentials, you will be told exactly what information the app would like to access. Besides general information from your Google+ profiles, the apps might also be allowed to access your Google Calendar, Gmail or any other services under the Google umbrella.