Google Plus Beginner's Guide
How to Setup Google Plus?
Google+ (Google Plus) is the among the new social networks when compared to Facebook or Twitter. If you've recently joined G+ and wondering what you should do next, you've come to the right place. If you haven't yet been introduced to G+, then take a quick peek at Google+ Overview Videos.
I was among the first users that Google invited to test-drive their social network and overall, I find it better than Facebook. This web page is designed as a step-by-step Google Plus guide to help you setup your G+ profile and understand the key aspects of this new social network.
To get the most out of this powerful social network, it's important that you take the time to set it up properly, especially when it comes to your privacy and notifications. You will learn how to set up your Google+ profile, change your profile picture, configure your G+ privacy settings, turn off G+ email notifications, add and delete people from your G+ Circles, invite people to join, manage your photo albums and videos, and more.
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How to Setup your Google+ Profile?
One of the first things you need to do, once you join G+ social network, is update your Google Plus Profile. It's important to do so because it allows people, in your Google Circles, to know a little more about you and build credibility.
You can decide if you want this profile to be public or only visible to your friends. In fact, you can decide how you choose to share each field on your profile. What you choose to share on your G+ profile is up to you. Currently, the information you can share on your profile are an introduction about yourself, your occupation, employment history, educational qualifications, places you've lived in, contact details, relationship status, gender, etc.
Another important aspect of your Google+ profile is your profile picture which allows you to build trust with others who want to connect with you. You can choose to upload your real picture or an avatar. If you've uploaded a picture of yourself to your profile and want to change it, it's easy to do in Google Plus. You can upload pictures directly from your computer hard drive, your G+ albums, or from your mobile smart phone (available on Androids and iPhones). The video tutorial below will show you step-by-step how to update your Google+ profile including uploading your profile picture.
Video Tutorial on Setting Up your G+ Profile
How to Configure Google+ Privacy Settings?
Configuring your privacy settings on Google+ is something you should take the time to understand given that you may be sharing a variety of information with different people in your Google Circles. Through G+ privacy settings, you can configure the settings in order to make your profile public or private as well as change specific fields in your profile to give access to specific information to certain people in your Circles.
G+ privacy settings also allow you to control what information is shared with various people in your Google+ Circles. You can control whether other people in your Circles can see other Circles that you are part of.
In terms of photos, you can control who can tag you with a tag link to your Google+ profile, as well as attaching a location of the photo and whether to include that photo in your public profile to be shared with other G+ members. You can also change the privacy settings so your profile will not appear in search engines. Once you configure your G+ privacy settings, you can preview what your profile looks like to other people. The video tutorial below guides you how to go about configuring your Google+ privacy settings.
Video Tutorial on Configuring G+ Privacy Settings
How to Create & Manage Google+ Circles?
Google+ Circles are at the heart of this social network and allow you to efficiently organize your friends or contacts in different groups like family, friends, classmates, Twitter friends, acquaintances, business clients, colleagues, etc.
Using Circles you can decide which posts or information, in your G+ profile and stream, are shared with certain people. I've set up various circles and find this feature very helpful to effectively manage people in my social network, whether they are friends, family, or business associates.
The video tutorial below will show you step-by-step how to create Google+ Circles, add people to your Circles, move people around within your Circles, delete people from your Circles or delete an entire G+ Circle. The video also guides you on how to send posts and updates to your Circles.
Video Tutorial on Managing Google+ Circles
How to Change Google+ Email Notifications?
This is something I would definitely recommend that you do. You may want to change your Google+ email notifications settings in order to avoid being inundated with a bunch of email notifications based on your Google+ activity.
By default, G+ has been set up to send you email notifications on activity like people adding you to their Circles, posts and comments to your stream, responding to comments on your posts and updates, tagging you to a photo or video, etc.
You can change (i.e. enable and disable) these settings so that you don't receive email notifications (to your Gmail email address) for all the activity on your G+ account. You will still see all these notifications when you log into your Google+ social network, so you won't miss any of the notifications.
Video Tutorial on Changing Google+ Notifications
Managing Google+ Invites, Photos, Videos, Twitter Integration
With Google+ you can manage photo albums, upload videos, share your interests, integrate G+ with Twitter and much more. Included below is a video tutorial on how to send G+ invites to your friends and family.
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Updated: September 19, 2014
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