Not too long ago, Google+ updated both their desktop and mobile apps to show you posts that people in your circles have +1’d. Taking a page straight from Facebook. Except, you can actually hide your +1 history so that your followers don’t see every post you +1. It’ll also keep your friends happy. Not everyone wants to see you +1’ing all of Android Headlines posts’, but we do!
You can easily change your settings so only you can see the posts you’ve +1’d or people in your circles, or everyone. Google+ makes privacy settings very simple, which is something Facebook needs to “copy”. Here’s how to change the settings on the desktop version of Google+, we’ll go over the Android app in a little bit.
- Hop into Google+ Settings
- Scroll down about halfway down the page and click on “Manage” under Apps & Activities
- Next, Click on ‘Google”
- Then Click on ‘Edit’ to the right of the Google+ row.
- You’ll be greeted with a popup that allows you to change who can see posts you’ve +1’d. You can choose from Extended Circles, Public, Your Circles, Only You, or you can customize it.
- Just click save and you’re done! It’s just that easy.
Now on the Google+ app for Android it’s a bit different:
- Open up your Google+ app
- Go into Settings
- Tap on ‘Sharing’
- Under ‘Activity Updates’ tap on the ‘+1s from posts’ link.
- Choose who you want to see posts you’ve +1’d.
- And you’re done.
As a content creator, this is a great feature, but as someone that checks out Google+ from time-to-time and don’t want to see your stream filled with people that have +1’d cats, then you’re going to hate this feature. Just like most features on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and every other social network out there, there’s a love/hate relationship for it. How many of you love or hate this new feature from Google? Let us know in the comments below.