Google+ Changes Link Share Layout With Larger Images

Google+ Changes Link Share Layout With Larger Images

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While many remain skeptical about the popularity or eventual success of Google+, I for one am quite happy with the experience Google+ provides. I\’m a part of some interesting communities where I often find interesting discussion taking place, and often it\’s a little more fun to go through my Google+ feed rather than my Twitter feed because it\’s a lot more visual.

Today, I noticed that Google+ had taken a leaf out of Facebook\’s book, and had changed the way link-shares were being displayed. After sharing an article about Moz, I noticed that the image being shown in the share was a lot larger than I had previously encountered across Google+.

Here\’s what the post looks like:

For someone who rejoiced when Facebook started showing larger images in link-share posts, this was one of the pieces in the Google+ puzzle that has given me considerable satisfaction. I won\’t quote the 500 stats about how images get shared more than text and all that drivel, because we\’re all well aware of this fact. People like visuals, and Google+ just made that tiny change to give us a more visual feed.

I took a look at some other pages to see what their posts looked like, and sure enough, one of Mashable\’s recent shares also has a nice large image attached to the link:

The change doesn\’t seem to have affected link-shares posted earlier. Here\’s one of my previously shared posts:

As you can see, it still has a fairly small image showing up in the preview, even though the source image is large enough for Google+ to spread it across like it\’s doing with newer link-shares.

Previously, I found myself attaching images to Google+ posts just to attract people\’s attention, but now since the visual is being given a considerable amount of space in the post preview – hopefully we can focus a little more on what truly matters – the content.

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About Avtar Ram Singh

Avtar Ram Singh is the Chief Editor of Beta21 and an experienced social media and digital marketer. He helps other marketers get the most out of their social and digital presence. He's an EDM and Sci-Fi fan, and is often mistaken for Ryan Gosling.
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