Today Google announced that it will merge the What’s Hot and volume sliders on Google+ to give people more control of their streams.

The What’s Hot section was added to streams last year and helps you find the most talked about posts on Google+. The social network later introduced volume sliders that let you decide how much or how little individual Circles contribute to your stream.

As these two features merge, you can now control how many What’s Hot posts appear in your main stream – from most or some, to none at all. Whenever a What’s Hot post appears, Google+ will label it – a small flame and “Hot on Google+” will appear above it. For those that prefer to see only trending posts, you can click on What’s Hot in the navigation menu along the left side of the page.

Google will roll out this update over the next few days, so be sure to check back if you don’t already have it. Once you have access, you can visit to adjust the controls.

As Google+ continues to grow, streams can become cluttered with individual and brand updates. By merging these two features, Google hopes to improve the service so that global news has a place on the site as well.

[Via: The Next Web, Image credit: Philipp Daun]