Google+ Guide for beginners. Google+ is the latest social media innovation with several new features including Circles, Sparks, Hangouts, Mobile, Location, Instant Upload, and Huddle. We’ll go through each feature.
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5. What is Google+?
Google+ is the latest social media innovation offering a series
of tools to help you stay connected with the people you care
about. Google+ comprises of several new features including
Circles, Sparks, Hangouts, Mobile, Location, Instant Upload,
and Huddle. Here is a quick video of the project and we‟ll go
through each feature.
Check out this short video for an introduction to Google+.
6. Getting Started With Google+
• Google+ can be accessed from http://google.com/+ or
http://plus.google.com or http://google.com/plus or, for
mobile device, from http://m.google.com/plus.
• Google+ has a “+1” feature that functions in the same
way as the “Like” feature on Facebook.
Step 1: Setup a Google Profile.
Once you have access to Google +, the first time you
attempt to access the homepage will bring you to a pop-
up window that will prompt you to create a Google Profile
or update your existing one.
7. Getting Started With Google+
At this step you will also be prompted to integrate your Picasa photo albums. They'll be
transferred with the same security settings as they had before (ie: if an album was only
shared with a few people, only those people will still have access), but you might want to
go through your albums.
8. Getting Started With Google+
Step 3: Establish your Circles
1. Click on the circle tab. This opens a page where all of
your circles will be displayed.
2. On the left there will be blank circle with text drop
here to create a circle written inside it. Just hover it
an then the text will change to Create Circle now
make a click on that.
3. Type in the name for new circle and then click on
create Create Empty Circle.
9. Getting Started With Google+
Step 4: Check your privacy settings
Click on your name in the upper right corner of the screen and
select Account Settings from the context menu. Switch to
Google+ to access the notification preferences.
All notifications are enabled by default and usually linked to
the primary email address of the Google+ user. I suggest you
look at the notification settings and modify them according to
your needs. If you do not want to receive notifications at all,
disable everything on that screen.
10. Getting Started With Google+
Step 5: Add your contacts
At the moment Google+ only allows you to
import your HotMail or Yahoo contacts while
your Gmail contacts will already be listed.
Tip: Learn from your mistakes at Facebook -
start from scratch and experience a newsfeed
not cluttered by the frivolity of high school
11. Getting Started With Google+
Step 6: Organize a Huddle
Huddle is a new way for you to easily stay in touch while you're on the
go. With Huddle, you can text groups of people or individual friends in
1. From the Google+ Home screen, touch Huddle.
2. Touch the conversation icon to start a huddle.
3. Start to type the name of a person or circle you'd like to add. Add up
to 50 people to each huddle.
4. Write your message.
5. Touch Done. Your message will be sent instantly.
When you start a huddle with someone for the first time, they'll
automatically receive an invitation to join your huddle.
12. Getting Started With Google+
Step 7: Master the Hangout (Check out this video)
Hangouts mixes the stuffiness of webcam conferencing with the
breeziness of, well, hanging out.
You can start a hangout from the stream whenever you want. You can
either go to plus.google.com/hangouts or simply click the green Start a
Hangout button on the side of your stream.
You'll be taken to a "green room" where you‟ll get help to get your
camera set up and choose additional circles or individuals to add. No
one can see you while you're in the green room. Once you click the
green Hang Out button your video feed will be broadcast.
13. Edit Your
Send an email looks to
Your Circles individual
Google Profile Interface
Tabs to switch Search for
between the Google+ users
Profile and View and
Circles Panes Quickly
edit Circles share a
Share a Settings
Chat Your Feed
Google Home Page Interface
The Stream brings together information from
friends in much the same way as the
Facebook News Feed.
• Unlimited Characters!
• Filter your stream by Circles
• Edit your post
• Delete your post
• Link to this post
• Disable Comments
• Disable Reshare
• Share photos, videos, links & location
• Upload photos via drag and drop
Share the RIGHT information with the RIGHT people
Google+ redefines privacy in the social network by forcing you to group everyone you want to
connect with into Circles. It provides four default circles to get you started:
• Friends - your closest buddies who you share those drunk pictures
• Family - your parents and siblings and in-laws who you share
pictures of the baby with.
• Acquaintances - your work buddies who you don't want to know
why you're really skipping work today.
• Following - the public people you're interested in, who probably
don't know you in real life.
You can then define your own circles or modify the existing ones to
fit whatever grouping you need.
Manage your social circle and organize your
contacts into groups for targeting your posts. No one
can see what you've named your circles, or what
circle they are in. You can easily drag and drop
friends into circles.
Go to the Settings Gear and select Profile and
Privacy to see how your profile looks to other users.
Type in a user name from different circles and click
Preview to see what your profile looks like from the
Watch this video on Circles
Find topics you might be interested in
sharing with others.
Google+ Sparks is sort of like your personal
assistant who sits through all of your incoming
article and video feeds online so you really only get
the information you wanted to watch read or share.
Sparks is a great way to find information and all
information is current and reliable.
Watch this video for more information on Sparks.
Before you can use Chat in Google+ , you have to enable
it. To get started:
① Click Enable chat on the side of your stream.
② Select the circles that are allowed to see when you're
online. (If you haven't set up your circles yet, learn
more about circles, and create your own.)
The Google+ chat list will be automatically populated with
people you‟ve already chosen to chat with in Gmail,
iGoogle, Google Talk, or Orkut. If someone isn't already a
contact of yours, you can invite them to chat right from the
Chat search box.
After you've enabled Chat, you can update the
circles that are allowed to see when you're
online. Simply click the drop-down arrow next
to Chat and then select Circles.
You can disable Chat by signing out. To sign
out of Chat, click the drop-down arrow next to
Chat and select Sign Out.
22. How to Send a Private Message
In Google+ both public and private messages are sent from the same place. When you post a
stream update, you can decide precisely who receives the message. If you want to send a
private message, just @mention the person or their email address in the stream and update and
make sure that “public” or none of your circles are added.
① In the Stream area, click “Share what‟s new…“.
② Use the @ symbol followed by your friend‟s username or email
to add them to the stream update.
③ Make sure that the public tag is not added and make sure that
there are no circles added to the message.
④ Click Share and your message will be sent!
Want Google+ for mobile?
The Google Mobile site: http://www.google.com/mobile/+/
Visit this URL in your phone's browser:
Android, IPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile
Once you launch the application it will ask which account
you wish to sign in with, select the account.
Enable Push Notifications
Google+ mobile app -- Launch Google+ on your phone, press the menu
button and go to Settings. Enable or Disable
notification/vibration/ringtone for Google+ and Huddle notifications.
Google+ (plus.google.com) -- Click the „Options‟ cog in the top right
hand corner of the screen and select „Google+ Settings‟. Under „Set
delivery preferences‟, add your mobile number and choose Push
Notifications or SMS Notifications. Then in the „Receive Notifications‟
section, choose which notifications you would like to receive by
selecting the checkbox in the phone column for each item.
26. +Friend Cap
Like Facebook, Google+ has put on
a cap on the amount of friends you
27. +Vanity URL
Currently Google Plus profile URLs are defined by a long string of
numbers and Google+ doesn't offer its own vanity URL shorteners
(yet) like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
There are some alternatives here. http://bit.ly/pa1WEp
You can use a third-party service at your own risk, such
as Google Plus Nick. Just copy and paste the numbers on your
profile URL after "plus.google.com/".
28. Want an Invite?
Want an Invite to the
Right now the Google+ project is
still “In Testing”, but if you want an
invite just do me a favor by
sharing this on Facebook or
Twitter and/or leave me a
comment below and I‟ll invite you.
There have been a few
changes with the Google
Plus interface recently so we
recommend checking out our
Google Plus- 8 Major
Changes presentation next.
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31. About Nancy Bain
Nancy is a business owner, educator, and business strategist
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