While some debate whether Google+ is a ghost town or not, the search giant’s social network quietly passed the 1 Billion user mark. That’s right: 1 Billion people have a Google+ account which is 2x Twitter’s user base and only 15% less than Facebook’s. Perhaps more importantly, the +1 button is pressed more than 5 million times a day and 340 million of its users are active.
Scoopiteers didn’t need to wait for those metrics to be public to demand that we add Google+ to the Scoop.it’s sharing options: as our platform is a hub to discover, curate and share content to feed your online channels, it’s natural to offer as many distribution options as possible. So today, after integrating with Facebook profiles and pages, LinkedIn profiles, groups and pages, Twitter and many other social platform such as WordPress or Tumblr, we’re excited to launch our integration with Google+ with 2 new features:
Adding Google+ Company pages as a sharing option to Scoop.it
Adding Google+ authorship to your Scoop.it profile
While the +1 button will still be present on previously published scoops to let you or your readers share to Google+ profiles, this new feature allows you to connect your Google+ account to Scoop.it to make your Google+ Company page a sharing option for any of your scoops – in a similar way to your existing sharing options. As we’ve seen with Facebook or LinkedIn pages, we trust that this will make it much easier to feed your Google+ pages with meaningful and engaging content and develop your audience on Google+ in the process.
At Scoop.it, we actually believe curation is a form of creation. So just as Google introduced Google Authorship as a way for publishers to be more visible in search results and benefit from a natural SEO method, we felt it was also important to add Google+ to the platform. So from now on, you will be able to link your Google+ profile to Scoop.it and not only be recognized in search results for your curated content but derive higher traffic from Google Search through the improved visibility authored results enjoy.
How does it work?
Set up your Google+ page as a sharing option
To activate Google+ as a sharing option, simply go to your settings on Scoop.it (by clicking on your user name in the upper right corner) and then select the “Sharing Options” tab:
By clicking on “Other Social Media”, you will now see this:
Simply click on “Connect” next to Google+ page and accept the following dialogues from Google (note: you will be asked to choose which Google account you’d like to use if you have several: in that case, make sure to use the one your Google+ page is connected to).
Once you’ve clicked on “Accept”, you will be redirected to Scoop.it and will see this:
You’re now good to go: every time you’ll scoop something, you’ll now see your Google+ page as a sharing option and will be able to share it in just one click:
Pro Tip: remember that the Pro plan gives you the ability to connect as many social accounts as you want. This will come in handy and be a great way to save time if you already publish to a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
Set up Google Authorship
First, set up authorship on Google+ at http://plus.google.com/me/about/edit/co. Under “contributor to”, click on “Add custom link” and enter “http://www.scoop.it” as the URL and then click “Save”:
Once this is done, go to your settings on Scoop.it (once again by clicking on your user name in the upper right corner):
and simply add your Google+ url. It should look like this:
That’s it! You’re now all set and will see the results once the Google index is updated (typically from a few hours to a few days).
We hope you’ll be as excited as we are to try out these new options. More importantly, we trust they will bring more visibility to your curated content through social engagement on Google+ and SEO for your work as an awesome content curator. Tell us what you think in the comments and don’t hesitate to share your stories with us as you try out these new features.