Just joined Google Plus (G+) and wondering where to start? Then sit back, relax and read through this post. Majority of the people are still waiting for the invite to get started as Google is testing through invite only at the moment. Whether you have the invite or still waiting for one it will be your comprehensive guide to when starting G+.
This post is designed to help you and me to understand how to start with G+ and lead you through a step-by-step process for getting started on G+
Step 1: How to Access Google Plus
Once you received your invite to join G+, you will be asked to enter your name, e-mail, date of birth and gender to get started. After completing these details you will be logged in and can find your account in the top left corner of your browser as shown in the screen cast below.
Step 2: Complete Your Profile
Google plus is launched for personal identities only at present. If you have started your account with business name then you are most likely violating the Google’s terms and conditions. Google is already closing down such accounts. Therefore, it is wise to start right at first place.
This is where you get the opportunity to tell the world who you are and what you do. I really miss these tools in most social networks including Facebook and LinkedIn. I believe presentation plays a big part in your success. Here you can polish your bio using highlighted tools in the screen shot.
Using these tools you can do the following:
- Make the text bold, Italic and Underline
- Hyper link text
- Use Bullet Points
- Remove the formatting with one click
Plus you can control who should see your bio as show.
Add a Picture
Can you imagine social networking profile with out a picture of you? I recommend having a semi professional relaxed picture will do the trick. Picture is your first impression in the social networking makes it work for you.
Another great littlie tool that you can select each of the following information individually to show or hide from different people in your circles.
- Bragging rights
- Looking for
Step 3: Manage Contacts
I heard few people saying that they are not on Facebook because of privacy and they don’t want to mix work life with personal things. Facebook has lists to control privacy concerns but Circles in Google plus makes it really easy to maintain this. Content shared with one circle cannot be viewed by members in other circles.
Step 4 Adding Links
You can add links to your other social media profiles, blog and website by going to your profile > edit profile > this will activate the link button. By clicking on links button after that you can add links to your social media profiles.
Step 5: Understand How +1 Works
Google +1 button works similar to Facebook like button, but I think it will be lot more powerful and useful with the time because of the following reasons.
- You can see things recommended by your friends in the search results with +1 button
- All your +1’s will be stored in the +1 tab under your Google plus profile, you can select to show or hide this tab
Just started therefore, I did not have any +1 yet on my account.
Step 6: How to Filter Your News Feed
By selecting the particular circle here you can check the news feed of that particular circle and also update status only with that circle without sharing your status update with rest of the world.
Step 7: How to Send a Direct Message
Like twitter starting with @ sign before the user name, you can send users direct / private messages. By clicking on add more people, you can send direct/private messages to multiple people.
Step 8: Notifications
You can go to the right top corner in your browser and click on the round circle; it will open the drop down menu. When you will select the Google + settings option it will take you to the following screen.
This is down to individual choice how you want to set this up. Ticking too many options can lead to flood of e-mails.
I hope this will be helpful to set up your profile and get started on Google plus.
As Google is testing the interface at the moment and few things may change in the future or may be I missed something here feel free to add your experiences and thoughts in the comments section below.