Google+ introduces Slider feature


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In an official post, Google's Austin Chang elaborates on a new Google+ feature that aims to give users more control over what they read and share on the social network. He writes, "Last year we launched volume "sliders" to help you tune the posts in your main stream (Official Google Blog: Google+: A few big improvements before the New Year), and since then we've extended this feature across Google+. Today we're excited to roll out three related improvements that give you even more control over what you read and share".

The new feature that now extends across Google+ essentially comprises three related improvements. Chang writes that they now have a slider using which Google+ users receive notifications each time their family or friends post something. This can be done by moving the Google Circle's slider to the right.

New Slider feature gives you more control over what you share

As sharing information with family and close friends is also about notable events such as getting engaged and securing a job, the new feature enables users to send an e-mail, ensuring that friends do not miss reading the update. To do so, users can check "Also send email option". The last of the changes for now is a feature that allows users to mute notifications. A feature especially useful in cases where although a user would not want to miss posts from a certain chatty Cathy (or Charles) in their circle, he or she does not wish to be notified each time they post. Notifications can be muted by clicking on 'Mute' either from notifications or their profile. Chang adds they would be rolling out the improvements in a day or two.

Users earlier had the option of using volume sliders to tune their mainstream posts such that they did not miss the posts most important to them, thereby helping create a perfect stream. It had been revealed that when users viewed posts of a particular Google Circle, a slider option at the top allowed them to adjust the way posts within a Circle appeared in the mainstream.

Google+ Hangouts On Air that was introduced last year got a new feature recently. The Studio Mode attempts to make live Hangouts concerts sound more like they were being held offline, on-stage. In an official blog post, Google's Matthew Leske wrote that musicians could begin using the feature by first starting with Hangouts On Air, then clicking on Settings, and making the transition from Voice to Studio Mode.

Google+ Hangouts On Air allowed Hangouts to be broadcast by specific users for public viewing. The feature became quite popular with the musician community among other sections who used it as a platform to connect with their fans.