If you share links on Google+, you may have noticed a small, yet positive change this week.
That’s because link posts have been redesigned to include larger images, and cleaner titles. Links posted to Google+ used to include a small thumbnail photo and a blue, underlined link. Now the images span the entire post and the titles are black, not blue, and don’t have any underline at all.
It’s a small change, but one that looks much more visually appealing than before. A company spokesperson confirmed the new look is available to all users, and Mashable first noticed it on Wednesday. Links that were shared previously still have the old look, but any new posts that include links should feature the new design.
Another interesting aspect of the design — it looks remarkably similar to the way links look on another social network: Facebook. You can see below that both social networks are taking a similar design approach for link posts.
This isn’t the first time Google has created an update that looks similar to a Facebook product. Last month, Google Hangouts released a new iOS version of its app that looks incredibly similar to other standalone messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp (which Facebook now owns).