Google Plus is a Social Networking Site owned and operated by Google Inc. It opened it’s doors in September of 2011 to anyone over the age of 13, in the U.S. and many other countries. (According to my research)
Google Plus..Better know as Google + or just G+. Many of us had no idea what would become of it when it first opened it’s doors. Another Social Site.. Do we need another? What about all those circles, what’s up with that?
Google Plus integrates social services such as Google profiles, Circles, Hangouts, Pages and Sparks. It is available on websites and mobile devices worldwide. I would say that Google + is considered to be one of the top five social networks online right now. But,
what is it all about? It has so much Stuff…Maybe we need to learn the in’s and outs of Google Plus and just what it can do for you and your business. For instance, one of the main things that most people do on social networks is post updates. While Facebook and Twitter have limited space for updates, Google plus has removed that limit giving users the freedom to include as much content as they like, so if you want to post an entire article or a report you can. I think having unlimited posting, might be a good thing..
Google Plus lets you have much more control over who sees your postings by using Google Circles. They make it easy to share the right things with the right people. You see with circles, you can make your postings public, private or limit them to a small group of people. So if you want to post an update about a family event you can do that and your business colleagues won’t see your personal information. I kinda like that feature. Most people, when first starting with G+ have no idea what all those circles were about..Now you are beginning to see just how it all works.
The more you’re own G+ the more you will learn about your circles and It’s getting fun naming them. Remember, no one else can see what you name them so be creative and have fun with it.
They have also made chatting with friends, family and colleagues easier too! Unlike Facebook’s chat feature, Google Talk and Gmail chat, Google+ is taking instant messaging to the next level by adding circles into the mix. Similar to groups on traditional IM buddy lists, with Google Plus you can start a chat (or video chat) with several people at the same time within your circles as well as add and remove people from your chat list too.
Ha! I can remember a few times I kept hearing a little noise..Now, I’m “thinkin” what the heck is that? Kept looking around to find out where that sound was coming from, then I realized it was a Google chat. Funny, how you learn what’s going on when you’re on Google +…:) This is only a brief overview of the many features that Google Plus has to offer.
Google Plus features and what they do
Google Plus circles are how you organize your contacts within your Google Plus account. They give you the ability to group your contacts into different categories. I had no idea how these circles worked at first and you may not either, but as time goes by you will get the hang of it..
You can have as many circles as you like. Once you joined Google Plus you will have the option of using the default circle set up by Google or creating your own customize circles. You can name your customized circles anything you want. For instance, you could have a circle for acquaintances, coworkers, family members, friends or even your favorite movie stars. The sky’s the limit, I even have a circle named Cats because I love cats and have found a few others who love them too. Ha!
Every time you post an update you will have the option of which circles will be able to see the update. This will give you a greater control over who sees your content giving you the ability to add content on a wide variety of topics.
Keep in mind as you post an article on your Website or Blog you can also use this feature to your advantage. You will want a G+ sharing button on your site, as you update your site always use it to post to your circles. You can also post to your circles, circles.. Hey, did I say that right..You’ll get the hang of it.
Just a thought.. The fewer circles you have once you get started on Google Plus the easier it will be for you to manage them. Then as you get more familiar with the way, Google + works you can add more circles. As you add to your circles remember you can switch people out from one circle to another. This can be fun, as you get to know other Marketers (people) that’s when you begin creating names for your circles. For instance.. You might come across some of your followers will post a lot of quotes or funny photos and that could be what you called that circle of people. I wouldn’t worry too much about this.. As you learn more about your circle of friends it will get easier for you.
There is a lot going on and more features to learn about, but for now just start Socializing with your followers..Create a few circles and start sharing with others. Remember, this is a Social site so, share what others have to say and they inturn will share for you.
Google Plus has Streams, which I like to call my Google + Street. This is where everyone shares their information (post) with one another. You will find this up in the left hand corner of your google+ profile page. If you click on the word Home it has a drop down box and home is what you’ll click on. It will take you to your Streams.. You can “Share What’s New” with all your friends in your circles and you can see and interact with what your friends are sharing with you and everyone else. You will also have the ability to edit your posts after you have made your post. If you just happen to make a misstate, it can be fixed.
Hangouts and Huddles..
Hangouts & Huddles are a great way to stay in touch with one another and share as a group together. You might think of it as visiting one another on a wider scale, as a group. Many Marketers use these two features and definitely take
advantage of the Hangouts because it allows them (you) to socialize with people using live webcam for their webinars. You can also chat with others during this event. Socialize with others, it can be lots of fun.. I do believe Google Plus is one of the first social networks to offer this way in this way. If you would like to have a Hangout you will find it under Events.
This is a feature that automatically loads, posts, articles and videos based on your interests onto your Stream. It’s kind of like an RSS feed, you can see the most recent information on their chosen topics as they happen! It also makes it easy to share photos, videos and links with everyone within your circles, as well as those who have added you to their circles.
Google Plus is surely growing so it might be a good idea to explore all that it has to offer when it comes to using social media and social networking for your business!
You need to set up your profile page. This is the first thing I do on any site, not just your name.. A profile picture of yourself. So many leave this blank or put up a phoney photo of something. This is so wrong. How do you expect others to take you serious if this isn’t done right.
Your profile is the way you represent yourself on Google, Google Plus and across the web and this is why you should upload a photo of yourself. From within your profile you can manage the information that other people see such as your bio and your contact details. You can also include links to other sites that you are on or created by you..Like your own website..
Now, your profile is all about you and you have complete control over what you want to share publicly. So while you’re profile is public all that is required of you is to share publicly your full name and your profile picture. You don’t have to share anything else unless you are comfortable doing so. This gives you complete control over your privacy.
You can customize your public visibility for specific profile sections.This will allow you to keep specific information on your profile private, as other information will be seen by the public. The only thing you cannot make private is your name and your profile photo.
If you want to check your profile visibility settings you can do that by clicking on the icon next to each section while in edit mode. This will let you know whether the section is private, visible to your circles or extended circles to the public.
If you want others to be able to contact you that can be done on your profile.You can allow them to contact you directly from your profile or give them the option of contacting you privately without exposing your email address. This is totally up to you.
Under the about tab you can add your personal or business Bio to your profile. I have added both. I think it is important to let others know a little bit about yourself, maybe your hobbies. People can relate to that because they may have the same hobbies as you. Remember, this may be the first place people will go to when they find you on Google Plus.
It’s a good idea to include a tagline as well. The tagline will show up directly under your name in your Google Plus profile and it will show up in the search engines, so make it good..
There is more to learn on Google Plus, but the best way to do that is to start using G+..Start sharing with others, have fun and be Social. Don’t let all these features get to you. You don’t have to use all the features to Socialize with others. I haven’t used half of them myself. So just go with the flow.
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I truly hope this article is helpful for those in need.. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you’re doing on Google Plus.. Please add your thoughts and how you use Google Plus and their features in the comments below