Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Google+ Debuts Ability to Collapse and Expand Comments

 

Being in a beta means getting excited about features that have become standard….so: Finally! Here it is!
Google Designer Jonathan Terleski

Google is rolling out the ability to collapse and expand comments in your stream. Say goodbye to scrolling through endless comment threads on Tom Anderson’s latest post! Apparently real-time comments are on their way as well. Here’s the video transcript from Jonathan Terleski, a designer at Google:
“It’s been great to hear that one of your favorite parts about Google+ is the dynamic nature of the Stream. In real-time, posts and comments arrive in your stream — no refresh required.
While this is pretty awesome, it can sometimes be overwhelming. You’ve said that really active conversations with lots of comments can take over your stream. And comments appearing in real-time can sometimes make updates hard to read.
Well, today, we’re fixing all this.
First, we’re making it so you can easily expand and collapse comments in the Stream. Just click once to expand, click again to collapse. 
And when comments arrive in real-time, we’ll automatically collapse them. But, we’ll still keep track of which comments you’ve read and which you haven’t. This way, you get to choose when to engage and when not to.
We hope both of these features make your stream more pleasant to read. These are just two of the many improvements we’re making based on your feedback. 
Thanks again for all your great ideas and keep them coming!”
I guess this means that’s one less extension we need!  Here is a video showing off the feature: