+Jaana Nystrom

Welcome to my Circleverse!

Google+ is my passion: I want to help others to get the most out of it.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Delete and download photos from Google Photos

The new Google Photos is a great way to keep your precious images safe and free up space on your mobile device or computer. I created this tutorial based on the questions from the Google Photos Help Forum and Google+ Help Community.

You'll learn how to:
  • Delete / download photos from the cloud or the back up
  • Delete / download photos from albums
  • Delete / download albums
  • Delete / download device copy from Android Camera folder
  • Delete / restore photos from Trash
  • Empty the Trash
  • Get useful tips and links

- Screenshots from Chrome desktop and Android 2013 Nexus 5, Lollipop 1.3.0

When you play around the Google Photos, you’ll see that in many places you can manage the photos you have uploaded: Either copy them to albums, delete or download them.

A word of warning!

I took a photo with my Android Nexus 5. I then went to see it in Google Photos app. I tapped the photo and tapped the trash / bin: It also disappeared from Device folders (Camera)!  So deleting a photo from the main Photos stream will delete it everywhere.

Tapping the 3-dot menu allows me to only delete the device copy from the Camera, but the safest place is to go to Device folder and delete it from there.

If you wish to delete only the cloud version of a photo, but preserve the photo in the device:
Sign out of the Photos app, delete the online copy and sign back in the Photos app.

Take a pic and test it yourself!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Google Photos basics on mobile and desktop

The Google Photos app was announced at the Google I/O keynote on the 28th May 2015.

Things have changed quite a lot, especially the editing (create Stories from scratch) and sharing.  You can share directly to a social network, or choose Get shareable link to send someone a link.
The desktop functions very much like the mobile app.

Now it is very important for you NOT to delete any photos unless you are very sure of what you're doing and where you are deleting them from.

Remember: All your Auto Backup photos and creations are private and visible only to you until you decide to share them!

Goodbye Google+ Photos

Chromebooks will lose the Google+ photos app on the 21st July 2015.

Google will retire Google+ Photos starting 1st AUG: First Android and then Web and iOS version.

+Anil Sabharwal  who leads Google Photos wrote a "clarification". The comments on the post show the feelings of Google+ users.  +Trey Ratcliff posted a video where he shows how things can be done on Google Photos, but did professional photographers use Google+ photo editor or will they use Google Photos editor?  Hey +Adobe Photoshop you have a competitor...

Find your Photos from posts album in Picasaweb, it doesn't exist on Google Photos.

I'm sure there will be more development to Google Photos but at what point? A year from now?
Make sure to send Feedback to Google with your wishes and concerns.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sharing posts on Google+

When you post on Google+, you can share things you like, or start a conversation with other people.

When you share, you’ll choose who can see your post. For example, you might want to share an article with everyone in your circles, but share a photo of yourself with only your Family circle.

When you share something using Google+, you can share it publicly, with your circles, with individual Google+ users, or with email addresses.  And of course into Communities that you are a member of.

If you share with others using an email address, they'll get an email that includes either the content you shared, or a link to your content (unless they've opted out of getting such emails).

If they share the email itself or the link with others, people you didn't directly share with may be able to see your content.

Some features on Google+ require that all users have a Google+ profile, for example the Communities membership.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Posts you see in your Google+ Home stream

The screenshots are from a desktop using Chrome browser.

When you see posts in your Home stream, there may be several different types of posts.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Relax, Google+ is just evolving!

There is an almighty uproar about Google+ - again. The tech publications are having a field day collecting clicks as Google+ users and the great public try to separate the chaff from the wheat.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

YouTube Live Events and Hangouts on Air

Have something to say, and want the world to hear it? Well, with Hangouts On Air, you can share and record your live discussions and performances with everyone.

Hangouts On Air lets you:

- Broadcast a hangout: Invite circles or individual people to join you in a hangout, then broadcast it to the world. A live player of your hangout will be posted to your Google+ Home page and YouTube channel.

- Edit and share the recorded Hangout: Your hangout will be recorded as a public video. The recording will be available on your Home page once your hangout has ended.

You'll also be able to edit the recording when the hangout is over and your post (and the video URL) will automatically be updated to show the edited version. Editing on YouTube is only available on videos shorter than 2 hours. You can download longer videos to be edited on your own computer.

EDIT 24.07.2015:  Looks like there have been some changes.
See this article from YouTube Help Center  and Google+ Help Center  about Hangouts on Air.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Photos update in Android 5.0 Lollipop

With the launch of Lollipop, the Google+ Photos app will replace the Gallery app for the following Nexus devices: 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10.
Users do not need a Google+ account or sign-in into Google+ in order to use the Photos app.

Why the change? As you know, Google is continually improving the experience on Google+ Photos, and now for Nexus users, they’re consolidating photo viewing and managing to a single app for a better photos experience, plus some additional features, such as Auto Backup, if users choose to sign in to Google+.

Gallery app is available only for devices running Android 4.2 to 4.4. If your device is running Android 5.0 or higher, use the Photos app to manage your photos.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

How to deal with Trolls

I've been searching Google+ for tips on how to deal with Trolls on your comments and posts.
Here are the results:


From +Guy Kawasaki

Top 12 Signs You're Dealing With Trolls

Dealing with trolls is one of the costs of participating in social media. These are the folks who combine a strong opinion with a lack of knowledge. A handful of inflammatory and negative comments can neutralize dozens of positive ones. Here are the top twelve signs that you're dealing with someone who lives under a bridge.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Google+ is 4 years old already!

The Google+ Project or Google Circles launched on 28th June, 2011.

Google+ is an essential part of my business, with other Google tools.

They've come a long way since.
From the official Google blog announcing the launch, written by +Vic Gundotra:

+You: putting you first, all across Google
That’s the Google+ project so far: Circles, Sparks, Hangouts and mobile. We’re beginning in Field Trial, so you may find some rough edges, and the project is by invitation only. But online sharing needs a serious re-think, so it’s time we got started. There’s just one more thing—really the only thing: You.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Google+ Business Pages Updates

Google is improving the user experience for business pages, check out these desktop updates!
Even better visibility and stats for business pages along with a nicer UX...

Learn more about what Google+ can offer to you and your business: Google+ My Business Help Center

Google Business pages

Google+ pages provides businesses, products, brands, and organizations with a public identity and presence on Google+.  You can also create a Page for your band, pet, fan club, sports team, kid's camp, event or anything that is not against the Google Terms of Service - or user rules and principles.  For simplicity's sake I'll go on writing about "your business".

Google+ pages interact in the Google+ world similar to the way that regular Google+ profile owners do - they can add people to circles, edit their profile, share things in Google+, +1 comments and photos, and create and join Hangouts and Communities.
But they’re not entirely the same, especially since this update.