According to the feedback the Google+ team has been getting, it has launched a few small tweaks today to your profile page on the service.
Up until now, you haven’t had a share box to post things directly from your profile and that changes now. Additionally, Google+ Cover Photos are now easier to manage and give you more options to get it exactly right.
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The changes will be rolling out over the next few hours, so you might have them already.
Here’s what Sara McKinley from Google had to say about the changes:
Sharing from your profile. You’ve been asking for it, and today we’re launching it: the ability to post directly from your profile. Just look for the familiar sharebox when you’re visiting your own profile, and share what’s new with your circles. And don’t worry, only you — the profile or page owner — will see this new sharebox.
Seeing the bigger picture. Your cover photo is one of the first things people see when they come to your Google+ profile or page. It’s an instant visual representation of your personality, interests, and style. Here are 3 ways we’ve made it easier to choose, adjust and store your cover photo:
1) Beautiful cover photo gallery. We’ve added a gallery of cover photos that you can choose from for your profile or page. To choose one of these gallery photos, simply click on “Change Cover Photo” and select “Gallery.” For those of you still using the 5 photo tiles, you can easily upgrade by hovering over your scrapbook images and clicking “Upgrade to Cover Photo.”
2) Instant resizing and adjustment. Now when you upload a cover photo, we’ll automatically resize it to fit within the cover photo area. You can easily adjust your cover photo simply by dragging it into place so you’ll no longer have to crop – just snap, upload and drag.
3) Cover photo albums. Now, when you upload a new cover photo, you won’t have to delete your existing photo. Instead, all your cover photos will automatically be added to your new Cover Photos album. The photos you upload will be saved in their entirety, not just the cropped version.
Here’s one of my favorite Cover Photos by Googler Chris Messina:
These changes are just incremental ones of course, but definitely help users share efficiently and personalize their public facing profile just a tad bit more.