It’s been only few weeks since the launch of the Google Plus and over 10 million users with invite only access. Google plus is growing at a record speed.
If you are still not sure why you should join, read these 16 reasons to catch the Google plus train early.
Still early days and we have to find many answers to get use to this tool. I have found few common questions many people are asking and replied it here.
Feel free to ask any question you may have in the comments section below and I will do my best to reply.
1# How Can I Stop Receiving E-mails from People I Don’t Know
There are people who are already complaining receiving un-wanted e-mails (spam) from the people they don’t know or don’t want to receive. There is a feature in Google + called send me an e-mail. By default this gives the option any one to send e-mail to you.
But the good news is that you can fix this problem really easy. Here is how you can do it.
Step 1: Click on your profile icon and then edit profile.
Step 2: After clicking to the edit profile button you will see the below mentioned icon next to “Send an email” button.
Step 3: After clicking the above icon you will see the following box will open and you can select who can send you the e-mail. Settings depend entirely on your personal choice and needs.
2# How to Get Short URL for my Google + Profile like this www.gplus.to/ranashahbaz instead having an ugly long one.
Currently Google is not proving this option to create profile URL like Facebook vanity URL to Google + users. But there is a service available to get this sorted. You can convert this https://plus.google.com/113900963303460127846/posts long profile URL into some thing nice like mine is www.gplus.to/ranashahbaz
How you can get this?
Step 1: Grab your unique profile ID from your profile URL
Step 2: Go to this http://www.gplus.to and enter your required user name in the left box and your unique Google + profile ID in the right box then press add to get your vanity URL.
3# How to Get the URL of Any Post on Google +
Every post / status updates on Google plus generates a unique permalink which you can share via e-mail, twitter, Facebook or however you like. Let me show in a step by step way how to get that.
Step 1: Decide for which post you need a URL
Step 2: Click on the date stamp next to the publisher’s name. By doing this you can get the URL of that specific post.
4# How to Hide / Show Post Comments in the Stream
This is a must have Chrome extension if you are following Chris Brogan because his post’s are generating huge amount of comments.
You can install this from here and it will give you the option to skim through your stream without comments.
Can be a great time saver
5# How Can I Access Google + with one click
There is a Chrome extension called G Plus Plus, when you install this extension it creates a ++ button in your Chrome browser on the top right corner. If you are doing something else and want to move quickly to Google +, by clicking on ++ sign will take you there with one click.
It might help depends on your use.
6# How you can restrict others to share your post
One of the most talked about and useful feature on Google + is privacy and how using circles can help you to share content with relevant people only.
But do you know when you share your content to a particular circle, any one out of that circle can re-share it and your post can end up being public?
Luckily we got a solution for that as well.
After sharing a post with a particular circle you can disable re-share as shown below.
7# Are There Any Keyboard Short Cuts Available to Use
Of course there are, here are the few keyboard short cuts know you can use to increase the speed. Feel free to add more in the comments section below
Space = scroll down the stream
Press J = to move your steam down one post
Press K = to move your stream up one post
*Bold* = Put * around any text to make it bold
_Italic_ = adding underscore at the start and at end of the text will make it italic
Q = Jump to chat
Return = start comment
+ or @ = Add + or @ sign before the user name to mention him/her in any post
8# Where to Find People to Hangout
Still waiting to hang out? You can find some public hangouts here http://gphangouts.com/
9# How to Create a RSS Feed for Your Google + Profile
Step 1: Grab your Google plus profile ID
Step 2: Add your Google plus profile ID at the end of this URL
Full URL will look like this with your Google plus id:
Step 3: That’s it, now you can see all your posts in your Google RSS Reader.
10# How businesses can use Google plus
You can find the full post on this. How businesses can leverage Google plus and ask any questions you may have in the comments section below.
You may want to bookmark this page as I will be updating this as soon as I get the chance and find a new question.
Enjoy using Google plus
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