Google+ Rolls Out New Cohort of Widgets

social media, social networks, widgets, buttons, google plusGoogle today rolled out a new set of widgets for Google+ that include a stand-alone “follow” button and larger “badges” for pages, profiles and communities.

The stand-alone button is designed to take up minimal space on the user’s website. It was announced at Google’s I/O conference for developers last month.

For website managers who want more bling, 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.

“Community managers have been asking for a way to attract members across the web,” Google said in its announcement.

The badges 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.

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