Google+ Tips & Tricks to Get You Started – Part 1
This is basically just going to be used as a starter guide for those of you that are new to Google+. Granted, Google+ has been around for a few months, but it is still relatively new and people are just beginning to give it the attention that it deserves. However, Google+ is still a bit confusing to some people, so whether you are just getting started or you just need some general help, you should be able to find this post helpful.
First of all, you are going to need a Google account to get started with Google+. So, if you have a gmail account, YouTube, etc… You should be able to get your Google+ page setup in no time. When you sign up for Google+, make sure you begin to fill out your about section. Also, make sure that you add links to other social networking websites that you are a part of. If you have a blog or a website, you can also fill in the information for those, as well.
If you do not want to allow people to check out your videos, pictures, buzz, you will be able to turn off those tabs under the settings menu. If you do not have any up yet, make sure you turn them off anyway until you have added some. If you want to make changes to your profile, just click on the edit button and then you can click on which section you would like to edit. Also, you will be able to set permissions for whom you would like to be able to view those sections of your profile. After you are finished, make sure you click on the “done editing” link at the top of the page in order to save your changes.
Your account overview is where you will be able to associate other email addresses that you would like to use in order to log into your Google+ account. Also, you will be able to set which applications you would like to allow to have access to your Google+ profile. Also, if you like, you can turn Google+ on for non-Google websites.
Google+ settings is able to be accessed at the top of the page. By the time you make it to this tab, you will have probably covered a lot of these settings in your profile already. However, one thing that is noteworthy is the web history tab. If I had left this option turned on it would have given me the feeling that Google is watching me constantly. Therefore, I made sure that I turned this option off. That choice is up to you.
There is a Google Chrome extension for Google+. With this extension, you will be able to receive notifications on your desktop and you can post or respond via a popup menu. Also, this extension will enable you to switch between Google accounts fairly quickly. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, I would highly advise checking it out.
This concludes the first part of this post. Check back in the near future for Part 2, so you can become completely familiar with Google+ and learn some things that you may have not known about it.