Google+ Adds ‘Ignore’ and ‘Block’

Google+ has been in a slight rut recently, with not nearly as many active users as when it first came out (mostly due to still being in an invite-only beta). However, there has been an increase in the call for a way to not see posts or anything from users. The new option will allow users to take a simple step to get rid of a notification about what that annoying person is doing or get rid of a post you don’t want to see.

“We want to make sure you can represent your real-life relationships on Google+ — whether you want to connect with someone or not,” wrote Wichrowska. “So starting today, we’re rolling out a new option to Ignore people, in addition to the existing (and stronger) option to Block them.” said Olga Wichrowska , a Google software engineer, in a Google+ blog post last week.

The blocking feature allows you to remove a person from your circle so you cannot see what they post, they cannot see what you post, and cannot comment on your posts as well. Although the ignoring feature is a little less severe.

“Of course, in real-life there are also people you don’t know, don’t like or don’t want to hear from. And we want to give you the ability to define these relationships in Google+ as well,” said Wichrowska. “Ignoring someone is basically saying you’re just not interested. Maybe you don’t know them or maybe you don’t want to see what they’re sharing.” said Kathleen Ko , another Google software engineer, on her own blog post.

The Ignore option will be available alongside the Block option in multiple places on Google+. The buttons will appear in the Circles pages, the notification stream and in the Google+ bar. The action is reversible, so in case someone warms up to you and you don’t hate them enough to block or ignore them anymore you can go back to a mutual friendship…or just place them in the “Loser” circle.

via; PCWorld, EWeek

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Andrew Wilson
Andrew has been poking and prodding computers for 11 years who occasionally writes about Technology and Video Games while working towards getting his Bachelors in Computer Engineering. He is also one of the contributors to the Let's Play's on the site.