How To create a Google+ Profile


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Google+ is a social networking service that is owned and operated by Google. With the rise of it's popularity it's important to know how to create a good profile for yourself.

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How To create a Google+ Profile

  1. 1. CU Shine Social Media Series May 21, 2014 HOW TO CREATE A GOOGLE+ PROFILE What is Google+! ! Google+ (pronounced as Google Plus) is a social networking service that is owned and operated by Google Inc. Google+ allows for discovering and sharing digital content with friends, family and co-workers. Often times it it compared to Facebook but it’s important to note that Google+ functions differently as it serves a different purpose. Google+ allows for more control in privacy settings as well as more amplification of posts (post to a Circle and have the option of people in the Circle receiving an email of your post!). Google+ is the second largest social media platform after Facebook and is commonly used in professional settings. Google+ is also integrated with other Google applications such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Google Drive and YouTube. Instructions: Creating a Google+ Account     ! ! 1. Sign in at! 2. Click the Apps Menu! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 4. 1CU Shine 2014 3. Click “You+”! NOTE: If it reads “+YourName” ( i.e. +Veronica) then you already have a Google+ profile!!
  2. 2. CU Shine Social Media Series May 21, 2014 Complete the form including: upload profile picture, first name, last name, gender, and birthday*! NOTE: You must enter in a birth year that makes you older than 13-years old. (See Google+ Privacy Policy for more details)! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 5. Add people through the search feature! 2CU Shine 2014
  3. 3. CU Shine Social Media Series May 21, 2014 ! 6.  Select a Circle to add person to ! NOTE: Create new Circles by typing in the desired Circle title, click “Create”! ! ! ! ! ! ! 7.  Follow things you love (Posts made by “Things you love” will appear on your home stream)! ! ! ! ! ! 3CU Shine 2014
  4. 4. CU Shine Social Media Series May 21, 2014 8. Complete profile! NOTE: "Where do you live” can be “Where do you work” or left blank.! ! 9.  Take the tour!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 4CU Shine 2014
  5. 5. CU Shine Social Media Series May 21, 2014 ! VOCABULARY: GOOGLE+     ! ! +1: Like something? +1 it! !Circle: Circles are clusters of a user's friends on Google+, meaning you can group certain people you choose to connect with on your Google+ into a certain Circle--such as colleagues, college connections, family, etc. When you want to share content with only these individuals, you include that specific Circle in your post's sharing options. !Communities: A group of people with common interests. Google+ communities can be public or private and allow for rich conversations. Posts made in Communities are automatically emailed to each member within the community. !Hangouts: A Hangout is an instant message (chat) and video service on Google+ that allows you to video chat with other Google+ users. Video Hangouts allow for up to 10 Google+ users at a time. You can name these chats, watch YouTube videos during them, open a Google Doc with colleagues, and much more. !Hashtag: A word or string of characters that starts with a number sign (#). Identical hashtags are grouped together in a search thread. !Pages: Pages are created and managed by businesses. Follow business pages to see their posts on your home wall. !Post: Anything answering the question "What's on your mind?” !+Reply: The +reply (or @reply) means a Google+ tag that is directed to another user in a post or reply. !Stream: Similar to Facebook news updates but you can see updates for particular circles rather than updates for everyone at once. ! RESOURCES !,2817,2388307,00.asp ! CONTACT INFORMATION !Google+ Set-up: Google+ Settings: Google Troubleshooting: General Google+ Questions: 5CU Shine 2014