Thursday, 18 August 2011

Google+ Me+ Plus-Minus

Just a quick post for anyone else still having problems with the Google Plus extension Plus/Minus (sometimes called Me+) for Google Chrome. This brilliant little plug-in lets you collapse already read posts and filter your stream by members of your different circles. I'm surprised that Google hadn't already thought of it when they launched Google+
(what do you mean you don't use Google+ ???)

Anyway, it stopped working yesterday.
I just thought it was my laptop getting crabby from not being shut down properly for a week or so (I always just put it into standby and drop the lid on it between sessions) so rebooted. But still it didn't work.

It turns out that the Google bods have been busy at work, re-writing great chunks of their code, so the plug-in no longer matches the new "improved" DOM model.

Luckily, the answer is simple.
The PlusMinus plug-in creates a little icon in your URL bar.
Right-click on this and select "manage plug ins"

From the list of installed plug-ins, find the PlusMinus entry and expand the developer tab. Then just jab "update" and restart Google Chrome. All should be working again!