Does anyone know how I would go about putting formatted text in a stream update in Google+? Specifically I'm trying to put text links in a post, without having to show the URL or have the page information below what I write.

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Looks like you're limited to formatting bold, italics and strikethroughs for now.

You've got the following options only at this stage:

*Purple* _Monkey_ -Dishwasher-

The above will render as this:

Purple Monkey Dishwasher

Links added to a stream update will either automatically fetch the image or stick a thumbnail of the page you're linking to in an attachment to the main post.

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    How did the people who commented on this post manage to make a click-able link to a YouTube video?
    – Green Noob
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 13:30
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    When you add in a direct link to a YouTube video, Google+ will automatically format it into a link and display the video title. @gre Commented May 26, 2012 at 0:56

There's something I just found.

It's related to posting YouTube videos.

Let's say you are posting a video and you want to make attention at particular part of it. Just write hours:minutes and Google Plus will automatically create direct link to the video frame.

"9:15 - blabla" will be linked to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=youvideoID#t=9m15s

And yes - don't forget to post link to the video itself.

An example: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106412765390072413965/posts/hBa8AWLki8y


To make text BOLD:

        Surround the block of text you want bolded with *
        Example: *FREE BEER*   =   FREE BEER

To make text ITALIC:

        Surround the block of text you want italicized with _
        Example: _Smooth_  Moves   =   Smooth Moves


        Surround the block of text you want to strike through out with –
        Example:  I am -hungry- full   =   I am hungry full
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    This doesn't offer anything the other answers haven't already covered.
    – ale
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 13:35

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