Google has introduced a new set of widgets for Google+. The new widgets include a new “follow” button and larger “badges” for pages, profiles and communities.
The new Google+ Follow button is a standalone plugin that lets visitors follow you from your site. It’s still very similar to Twitter’s follow button. The button has three looks: a look for when you have yet to follow the Google+ user, a look for when it is clicked and a look for after you have followed the individual. Since Google+ is all about circles, this button lets you add someone directly to your circles when you follow them, just like on the actual social network.
For website managers who want more, Google rolled out “badges” that feature the user’s Google+ profile image. For the first time, badges are also available for communities in addition to individuals and brands. The update badges will be more customizable. They will allow users to select between portrait and landscape layout modes, light and dark color schemes, and whether or not to include the tagline. The community badges also include a “preview” button: When clicked, the button opens the community page in a new browser tab displaying. If website publishers don’t update their badges manually 90 days from now, Google will automatically update them using default settings, the company said.
Google+ is now two years old. These small changes are one of the ways it has added to its celebration.