Site News: New theme, performance tweaks

Your users’ experience in terms of navigating your site should be reason enough for performance tuning a site. Users have many options when it comes to consuming content on the internet, and a slow performing website will frustrate them and send them to another site. A faster and more responsive website will keep them more engaged and focused on your content, rather than waiting for scripts and images to load.

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A Guide to Google+ Privacy and Information Control

From LifeHacker comes a Guide to Google+ Privacy and Information Control. Google+ is the new social networking kid on the block, and one of the main reasons so many people are interested in the service over Facebook is Google+‘s proclaimed focus on protecting users’ privacy. Whether you’re a new Google+ user or you’re already a pro, understanding how to control your information on the site can make you feel much more at ease on the social network. Here’s the lowdown on Google+‘s privacy controls, including a few of the more buried settings you’ll want to know about.

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This guide will take you through setting up Google+‘s circles with an emphasis on how they work from a privacy perspective, how to control what others can see about you on your profile, your options for selectively sharing posts with others, and some miscellaneous settings you’ll want to tweak—like only allowing friends to start Huddles with you. [Read more...]

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DeskSMS: Receive SMS Text Messages on your desktop

If you’re not a fan of Google Voice but would like to send and receive text messages (SMS) on your desktop then DeskSMS by Koush (of ROM Manager fame) will let you manage them from Gmail, GTalk, a speedy web interface, and even a Chrome extension. All without porting your number to another service.

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Google+ Platform Preview Program: Become a Google+ Beta Tester

Google+ Platform Preview - Become a Google+ Beta Tester

Is Google+ not beta-y enough for you? Dying to see what’s coming next? Google just rolled out the Google+ Platform Preview Program (essentially allowing you to become a Google+ beta tester) saying:

Would you like to preview the latest updates to the Google+ platform before they are launched to the general public? New features will be announced to you via email when they are enabled on your account. This preview will enable you to see how these pre-release updates will affect your site. Please note, using Google+ features across the web (such as the +1 button) will be affected, so please use an appropriate account.

Sounds good to me! If you join now, you’ll be able to test the first set of updates they roll out to Platform Preview: hover and confirmation bubbles.

If you hover your mouse over a +1 button, you’ll see a bubble letting you know what will happen when you click:

Google +1 Button

After you click, you’ll receive confirmation that the +1 has been applied:

Google +1 Button

So the first set of updates appear to targeting website operators who’ve rolled out the +1 button on their sites and want to be able to implement/test the latest change before it goes out to the general public.

Sign up for the Google+ Platform Preview.

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Create Your Own Google+ Profile Banner

Create a Google+ profile banner on your Google+ profile. In a few simple steps you can have one too with Google Plus Profile logo maker.

 

Creating a Google+ profile banner just became really easy thanks to the Google Plus Profile logo maker. A while back I created a profile banner for my Google+ profile, I’d done something similar when Facebook rolled out the feature to display you’re latest pictures across the top of your profile. I was stoked when I discovered mine was featured on Mashable’s Google+ Profile Hacks article. Since then several people have asked me how I did it. The “banner” across the top of your profile isn’t really a banner at all, but a series of five images, the myself and others decided to turn into one semi-continuous image for a fun effect. [Read more...]

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