Google+ is rolling out a new feature over the next couple of days … the long awaited Google+ Page.
This feature goes head to head with the Facebook highly successful Pages product, which has helped attract businesses, brands, and artists to the platform with the intention of building a social following and connecting with people. The feature rolled out to me earlier today, so i’ve gone ahead and explored it a bit and wanted to share a few things with you.
Getting stared with Google+ Pages
If you’re looking for a quick glimpse of a sample page, take a look at +CreativeBlogger.
A few things I really like
- Image size is 200×200 across the platform, which provides a uniform for all pages.
- Page name is front and center with large, bold characters.
- Descriptions is just below the name, making it easy to discover what the page is about.
- Super-clean aesthetic matching the resto f Google’s design overhaul.
- 5 scrapbook images enable page owner to get creative.
- The add to circles button is highlighted with the red box in the upper right.
- +1 button is just under the image
- Share this page is highlighted with a green box
- The stream of posts is clean, uniform and +1 enabled.
How to create your own Google+ Page
If you have a company, blog, or brand you’d like to get on Google+, consider creating a Google+ Page.
1. To get started, click the Create a Page link.
2. Next, select which category you’d like your page to fall under. Hint, blogs are under “Arts, Entertainment, or Sports.” Once you make a selection, the box on the right will ask you for the basic information of your page, including name and web address.
Once you’ve created your page, you can connect it with your website using the second option in the screenshot above — Google+ is working on creating a custom badge, but for now you can still use the basic buttons. I was surprised the buttons were a solid shade of red, as I was expecting a combination of the four Google colors.
At this point, you’re ready to reach out and start building your following on Google+ … good luck!
What do you think about Google+ Pages?
Share your thoughts and initial impressions with the service here. If you still haven’t seen the feature roll out to you, hang in there — it’s coming within the next couple of days.