By Special K – ETMG Writer/Editor
I recently blogged about some of my favorite things about Google+. Since then I’ve found even more things I like about it. Here are some that have most recently caught my attention.
Asymmetric sharing: This feature incorporates the best features of both Twitter and Facebook and then some. Facebook’s sharing model is best described as symmetric which means that two connections or “friends” share content between each other privately. Twitter employs an asymmetric following model where everyone shares publicly, and an individual user can follow and subscribe to any public feeds. Google+’s asymmetric sharing model means that you can choose to share with everyone or to any customizable selection of people you choose via your circles. They don’t have to share with you. If you both share, the content will show up in your stream.
Additional Functionality of +1 button: You may recall that clicking on a +1 under a post is similar to clicking the Like button in Facebook. However, unlike Facebook, Google+ allows you to decide if you’d like your Circles to see your activity. The +1 power goes even further insofar as it can be used as a kind of bookmarking feature. Your +1’s are stored on the +1 tab of your Google Profile, and when you go there and see a list of all the sites you’ve +1’d. Thus far, my only frustration with this feature has been that not nearly enough web sites are hosting the +1 button even though the code is readily available.
The Mute button: If I’ve commented on a post, but I’m really not interested in what the next 15 people might have to say, I can choose to ignore or to mute additional notifications. Simply click the arrow at the top of the post and click “mute this post.” To un-mute the post, click at the top and select “un-mute this post.”
Edit a Post: I love this feature as it enables me to fix a typo or a spelling error or anything else I want after I’ve posted something. Simply click the arrow at the top of the post, click on “Edit this post,” and when you’ve finished editing, click “Save.”
Customizable Posting: The Google+ user gets to decide if a post should be public, extended, or limited. Limited posts can only be seen by people in select Circles or those who have been cc’d (via your gmail account). Extended posts are visible to the friends of people in your Circles. Public posts will show up on your profile and can be seen by anyone on the web.
Space: scroll down
Shift + Space: scroll up
J: scroll down a single post
K: scroll up a single post
Q: jump to Chat
Enter (when focused on a post): opens a comment box
Tab: scrolls through comments/users on a post
Tab + Enter: end comment.