How To Get Started With Google+

I found a great way to get started with Google+ and I would like to quickly share it with you.

I admit, while I signed up right away when Google+ started in 2011, I was very careful about investing too much time into the new tool. This was mainly for two reasons:

  1. I had wasted too much time with Google Wave (although I have fond memories playing with Wave with my friend Hans
  2. The hype and the pointless discussion about “Will Google+ kill Facebook?” turned me off

However, over the last couple of months I have noticed that I use G+ more and more. In general the level of engagement reminds me of the early days of Twitter and other platforms before marketers screwed it up too much. I also like some of the really cool features – especially Google Hangouts.

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I purposely don’t get into discussions about the future of one platform over the other or the amount of users a tool has. That being said – because Google+ is used to string all other Google services together I don’t think the number of  active users is accurately counted.

There are also more and more helpful resources out there.

Today I found a great list of Google’s own instruction videos to share with you. The list was compiled by +Denis Labelle who works for Google so I can only assume these resources are verified, fresh and relevant.

This is a great way to get started with Google+!

I will create step by step instructions over at SocialMediaCoach.me as soon as I can but please find the whole collection below.

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  1. 1  Google+: Set Up Your Profile

    Google+: Set Up Your Profile

    Your profile is where your friends can find out the latest about you. Add a profile picture, then share the right details with the right people. Find out mor...

  2. 2  Google+: Sharing

    Google+: Sharing

    Google+ is all about sharing. Share photos, videos, links, or anything else that's on your mind. Find out more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/sharing/

  3. 3  Google+: There's more to explore

    Google+: There's more to explore

    Google+ gives you new ways to share the right things with the right people. Take a tour of our latest improvements.

  4. 4  Google+: About Circles

    Google+: About Circles

    Circles make it easy to share the right things with the right people, just like in real life. Learn more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/sharing/

  5. 5  Google+: Reading and Responding

    Google+: Reading and Responding

    There are plenty of ways to join the conversation. Add a comment, +1 the stuff you think is cool, or even start a hangout.

  6. 6  Google+: Broadcast Your Hangout On Air To The World

    Google+: Broadcast Your Hangout On Air To The World

    Broadcast your conversation to the world with Google+ Hangouts On Air. Learn more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.

  7. 7  Google+: Getting Started With Hangouts On Air

    Google+: Getting Started With Hangouts On Air

    Broadcast Hangouts and record them as YouTube videos with Google+ Hangouts On Air. Learn more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.

  8. 8  Google+ Events: Introducing a new way to get together

    Google+ Events: Introducing a new way to get together

    Celebrate what matters, with the people who matter the most. Learn more: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/events Featuring the song "Slung-Lo" from Erin McKeown's album "Grand."

  9. 9  Introducing Google+ Events

    Introducing Google+ Events

    Google+ Events allows you to have all of your guests instantly upload their event pictures to one album. You can also create personalized invitations and more. Create an event today. http://google.com/+/learnmore/events

  10. 10  Google+: Organize your photos

    Google+: Organize your photos

    Learn how to organize your photos in Google+.

  11. 11  Google+: See who a post is shared with

    Google+: See who a post is shared with

    Learn how to check who a post has been shared with.

  12. 12  Google+: Edit your Photos

    Google+: Edit your Photos

    Edit your photos in Google+.

  13. 13  Google+: Manage the content in your stream

    Google+: Manage the content in your stream

    Learn how to manage the content you see in your stream by editing the circle sliders.

  14. 14  Google+: Switching between your profile and page - YouTube

    Google+: Switching between your profile and page - YouTube

    Learn how to switch between your Google+ profile and page.

  15. 15  Google+: Search and trending topics

    Google+: Search and trending topics

    Learn how you can search for your interests on Google+, save your searches, and explore trending topics. Find out more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore.

  16. 16  Google+: Photo tagging

    Google+: Photo tagging

    Learn how you can tag your photo albums, check who's tagged in your photos, and find out which photos you're tagged in. Find out more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore

  17. 17  Google+: Mention someone in a post

    Google+: Mention someone in a post

    Learn how you can call someone out in a post and share with them directly on Google+. Find out more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore

  18. 18  Google+: +1 across the web

    Google+: +1 across the web

    Learn how you can +1 content on your favorite websites and share it with your friends. Find out more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore

  19. 19  Google+: Visibility of content

    Google+: Visibility of content

    Learn how you can edit, delete or lock your post from being reshared on Google+. Find out more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore

  20. 20  Google+: Sharebox and Notifications

    Google+: Sharebox and Notifications

    Learn how you can share instantly from anywhere on Google. Find out more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore

  21. 21  Google+: Start a Hangout

    Google+: Start a Hangout

    Learn how to start or join a hangout in Google+. Find out more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore

  22. 22  Google+: Find People You Know

    Google+: Find People You Know

    It's easy to find people you know on Google+. Search your address book, find people from school or work, or get suggestions related to your closest friends. Find out more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/sharing

  23. 23  Google+: Customize Your Settings

    Google+: Customize Your Settings

    Your settings let you control who you hear from through Google+. Decide who can chat with you, who can send you notifications, and whose photo tags you automatically approve. Find out more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/profile

  24. 24  Google+ Events: Share event photos instantly with Party Mode

    Google+ Events: Share event photos instantly with Party Mode

    Party Mode lets you share pictures and videos you take during an event instantly with everyone at the party. Create an event: http://www.google.com/+/events Learn more: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/events

  25. 25  Google+ Events: Make your invitations stand out

    Google+ Events: Make your invitations stand out

    Choose from a collection of beautiful animated themes or easily create a custom invite from one of your own photos. Learn more at Create an event: http://www.google.com/+/events Learn more: www.google.com/+/learnmore/events

 

 

Frithjof
Frithjof is the founder of Tweet4Ok. He helps businesses, organizations and individuals use Social Media Tools more effectively. He knows that we can use Social Media tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the many others for marketing but the real power of these tools is the ability to create powerful Social Networks.
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