1/7 Bamajr.com Internet Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Web Design & Web Presence Follow Follow @bamajr @bamajr 848 followers You are here: Home / Social Networking / Posting to Google Plus via Email Posting to Google Plus via Email 2013/02/16 By bamajr 6 Comments 10 Votes I’ve already shown how Posting to Google Plus via SMS is pretty simple to set up. In fact, it isn’t really any more difficult than setting up the same feature, on other Social Networks. However, most of these other Social Networks “Officially” support posting via email, yet sadly, Google Plus, does not. Now, don’t start to worry. All hope is not gone. Posting to Google Plus via Email, may not be a built-in feature, but it can be accomplished, using a combination of other Google Services. Requirements for Posting to Google Plus via Email There aren’t many requirements for Posting to Google Plus via Email, but it definitely wont work without the following: 1. You must have a Google Voice account. 2. Your Google Voice email address and your Google Plus email address must be the same. Those requirements aren’t too bad, are they? Configuring Google Voice & Google Plus, to Play Nicely These steps are important, if you want Posting to Google Plus via Email to work. So follow them carefully. 1. Navigate to https://www.google.com/voice and sign in. 2. Click on the “Gear” icon, in the upper, right-hand corner and then choose “Settings” from the menu. 3. From the Google Voice Settings page, click on the “Voicemail & Text” tab. 4. In the “Voicemail Notifications” area, place a check in the checkbox for “Email the message to:” and then select your Google Plus email address from the list of email addresses. Search this website… Only the Best for WordPress Reference Material Apple is the Best, so Use the Best About Contact Hire HOME HOME INTERNET MARKETING INTERNET MARKETING SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION WEB DESIGN WEB DESIGN WORDPRESS WORDPRESS FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER SendPress Pro has arrived! Buy SendPress Pro Buy SendPress Pro
2/7 5. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page. You will be directed back to the Google Voice Inbox. 6. Click on the “Gear” icon, in the upper, right-hand corner and then choose “Settings” from the menu. 7. From the Google Voice Settings page, click on the “Voicemail & Text” tab. 8. In the “Text Forwarding” area, place a check in the checkbox for “Forward text messages to my email:” and then verify the email address matches the email address from Step 4. 9. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page. You will be directed back to the Google Voice Inbox. 10. Click on the red “Text” button and send a text message to the Google Plus, SMS number (33669 in USA). You’ll most likely receive an SMS reply stating something to the effect of “33669: Google+: Did not understand the request.” 11. Now check the email account, associated with the email address in Steps 4 & 8. You should have received an email from Google Voice, with the same (or similar) message, as I just mentioned in the last step. 12. Look closely at the”From” email address, of the email. It will look something like YourGoogleVoicePhoneNumber.GoogleSMS.HashCode@txt.voice.google.com. You need to copy this email address and paste it somewhere for later use. Writing it down is a little risky, as it is a long, complicated email address. 13. To complete this process, you will now need to Navigate to https://plus.google.com and sign in. 14. Click on the Drop Down arrow, in the upper, right-hand corner 15. Click on the Account link, in the pop-over 16. From the Account Settings Page, Click on the Google+ link, in the left-hand menu Latest Tweets Even though it is #HumpDay, you still need to be #productive. What have you done to improve your #WebPresence today? bamajr @bamajr It's kinda cool to see over 800 #followers on my @Twitter account. I'll try to keep up what I'm doing and make #improvements as I go. bamajr @bamajr Come see @Portapure CEO George Page talk at the next @Entunpluggd Startup Lightning Round. 6/4 @ Chopin Theater: bit.ly/141ae5s Retweeted by bamajr Impact Engine @TheImpactEngine Expand I was on board 100% with @copyblogger & their @getPremise @WordPress hosting, but it is simply too #restrictive. bamajr @bamajr 9h 9h 31 May 5 Jun Tweets Follow Follow @bamajr @bamajr Tweet to @bamajr
3/7 3 Like 6 Tweet Tweet 5 17. Click on the “Add Phone Number” link. Enter your Google Voice phone number and hit the “Send Verification Code” button. 18. Navigate back to your Google Voice account and retrieve the Verification Code. 19. Return to your Google Plus Profile Settings and enter the Verification Code. Done! If you followed these steps carefully, you will have successfully associated your Google Plus Profile with your Google Voice Phone Number. Now, Posting to Google Plus via Email is ready to use. Google Plus Email Composition Now that your accounts will allow Posting to Google Plus via Email, you need to know how to compose the email. 1. Create a new Email. 2. The “To Address” is where you will enter your unique email address, from Step 12, above. 3. The “Subject” is ignored and is not required by Google Plus. 4. Compose your Google Plus Post (email message), in the body of the email, followed by the circle or people you want your Google Plus Post to be shared with (+CircleName). If you want your post to be public, put “+Public” at the end of your email. If you want your post to be for a specific circle only, put “+YourCircleName” at the end of your email. 5. When you send this email, your message will be posted to your Google Plus Profile. Yes, I hear you. This is a pretty long process and can seem quite complicated. However, if you followed these steps, exactly as I have them written, you too, will be able to start Posting to Google Plus via Email. Automatically Post to Google Plus Google is working on an API to allow better integration and interaction with Google Plus. However, if you are like me, you don’t want to wait for the API to be “Officially” released, before being able to Automatically Post to Google Plus. I have great news! Once you have Posting to Google Plus via Email set up and working correctly, automatic posting to Google Plus, is also available. For more information on this, check out IFTTT, or stay tuned to this website. An article about this exact topic is coming soon. 2 Share Share Bamajr.com runs on Bamajr.com runs on The Genesis Framework The Genesis Framework The The Genesis Framework Genesis Framework empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with WordPress. Whether you're a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides you with the WordPress. Whether you're a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides you with the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go. thought it could go. With automatic theme updates and world-class support included, Genesis is the smart With automatic theme updates and world-class support included, Genesis is the smart choice for your WordPress website or blog. choice for your WordPress website or blog.
4/7 Filed Under: Social Networking Tagged With: email, google plus, sms About bamajr I am a Christian, Internet Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Web Design & Web Presence consultant, known as Bamajr. Comments Joanne DelBalso says: 2013/03/19 at 22:42:16.000000 0 0 Rate This I have this working, however I can not get the links to be viewable with a preview, any clue what I am doing wrong? Reply bamajr says: 2013/03/26 at 21:20:34.000000 0 0 Rate This Joanne – Thanks for your comment. I guess I need a little more detail as to what you are trying to accomplish. Is it a feature you noticed on my Google Plus Profile? Reply Travis Pflanz says: 2013/04/15 at 13:32:03.000000 1 0 Rate This Hey bamajr, Thanks for this article. I got it setup and working. A few things I learned – or that was different/may have changed: Everything was the same, until step 10. Rather than getting an email saying – “33669: Google+: Did not understand the request.” The email I received, said – “G+ SMS: Existing Google+ user, verify your phone at http://g.co/gplussettings. New users signup on your phone, at google.com/+” Although the message was different, I still acquired the email address Getting Started with StudioPress Getting Started with StudioPress The Genesis Framework The Genesis Framework The Genesis Guide for Absolute Beginners (PDF - 1.4 The Genesis Guide for Absolute Beginners (PDF - 1.4 MB) MB) StudioPress Theme Selection Tool StudioPress Theme Selection Tool WordPress Membership Sites & Landing Pages by WordPress Membership Sites & Landing Pages by Premise Premise Scribe: Content Marketing Software that Works Scribe: Content Marketing Software that Works Become a StudioPress Affiliate Become a StudioPress Affiliate
5/7 mentioned in step 12, so everything was good. I completed the rest of the steps and everything worked well! Some Notes: - I believe the different email content I received above was because I already had Gmail, Google Voice and Google+ accounts, all using the same Gmail address. - After obtaining the email address mentioned in step 12, Voicemail Notifications and Text Forwarding can be unchecked. If Text Forwarding is left checked, an email will be received every time a post is made to Google+. - When sending an email to update Google+, the email must be sent from the Gmail account that is associated with the Google+ account. Emails sent from other email addresses will be ignored or bounced back as undeliverable. - Posting via SMS (email) will include a “SMS” tag at the top of the Google+ update. - Posting URLs via SMS (email) will not automatically include a preview of the post, simply the clickable URL in the Google+ update. NOW, Automatically Posting an RSS Feed to Google+ 1 – As mentioned in the article, ifttt.com will work perfectly to completely automate posting to Google+ from a website’s RSS feed. Set up an account or login. 2 – Set up the Gmail channel: Channels >> Gmail >> Activate >> Grant Access (assuming you’re already logged in to Gmail. Login, if not). NOTE – You do not have to create your ifttt.com account using your Gmail account. 3 – Create a new Recipe: Click Create 4 – Set up IF Trigger: Feed >> New Feed Item >> Feed URL (Enter your RSS feed’s URL) >> Create Trigger 5 – Set up THEN Action: Gmail >> Send an Email >> To Address (the email address obtained in #12 above) >> Subject (doesn’t matter. Not used by Google+) >> Content (Set up the update format however you like. Make sure to include EntryTitle & EntryUrl and +Public at the end to share with everyone) >> Attachment URL (Not used by Google+) >> Create Action 6 – Description (enter anything, only for your use) >> Create Recipe Now, every time you make a new post, it is automatically posted to Google+ NOTE: If you have a WordPress website, replace the Feed Action in “IF” with WordPress. As well, the format of the email sent in the Gmail action for “THEN” will change based on the WordPress elements. Reply Travis Pflanz says: 2013/04/25 at 10:38:57.000000 1 0 Rate This One more note: I tested to see if adding the image to the attachment would post it to G+. This is not the case. Adding anything to the attachment field will cause an error when posting to G+. Leave the attachment field completely blank Reply
6/7 Travis Pflanz says: 2013/05/31 at 21:54:07.000000 0 0 Rate This One more note: I use tracking variables in my URLs… There doesn’t appear to be a way to shorten them with ifttt.com. Even with “Auto shorten URLs” selected in your IFTTT settings, the URL is not shortened. I have reported this to IFTTT and they are looking into it. They have given me updates for the last month, but aren’t much closer to fixing the issue. Reply bamajr says: 2013/06/03 at 09:07:39.000000 0 0 Rate This Travis – IFTTT came on the scene with bold promises, but the service continues to fall short, time and time again. I am completely unimpressed with it, so far. Now, IFTTT does have potential, but their system lacks consistency. I’ve had recipes running on their service for months. None of them work correctly, all the time. While I understand technology can have issues, I find IFTTT barely works correctly 50% of the time, and that is unacceptable in the internet industry. IFTTT’s ability to autopost to my Google Plus account hasn’t been any more consistent or predictable than a crap-shoot. So, I like utilities and plugins to tip the scales in my favor and I always demand consistent performance. Until IFTTT works consistently then it simply cannot be used for production. If you want a plugin you can count on, take a look at the Social Networks Auto-Poster (SNAP) plugin, for WordPress. There is a free version of this plugin available at http://wordpress.org/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/ It doesn’t support Google Plus nor Pinterest, and it has some issues with Blogger. However, the service works exactly as advertised on all the other platforms. I have not paid for the premium version (the only way SNAP will support posting to my Google Plus and Pinterest accounts), yet. I’m waiting on Version 3.0, which is supposed to include support for the App.net platform. Other than the Blogger integration, the SNAP Plugin, hasn’t missed a beat, not even once. Of course, I can’t personally guarantee it’s Google Plus functionality, yet, as I haven’t paid for the Social Networks Auto Poster PRO Multi Account version. However, if the free version is any indication, the Pro version is going to be awesome. Reply Speak Your Mind Name * Email * Website