Google Plus: Basic Tips for Beginners

Google+ is on its way to charm people and many of the Facebook users are already making their minds to take a shift, so it is just matter of time, but again these are somehow pre-mature thoughts, so we will have to wait and see the impact.

Frankly speaking, we had to spend sizable amount of time to get familiar with Google+, we thought of saving you from the effort. So let’s start with Google+ and here you will get some basic useful tips if you are just joining Google+ or are still wondering what to do here?

Getting Started

There has been much hype about how and from where to get Google+ invitations. People started writing tutorials on how to invite someone on Google+, but Google has resolved the issue now and you do not need to end up pasting your email address here and there to ask for an invite.

Registrations on Google+ are now open and you can sign up without any invite. Simply visit http://google.com/+/ and register yourself.

Welcome to Google+

If you have ever used any of Google’s services (Gmail, Google Profile, Blogger, etc.), then there are chances that Google+will detect more than 50 percent of your bio – to fill your profile. Don’t worry, your privacy settings will not be disturbed. For instance, you can link your Picasa account with Google+ while maintaining the same privacy settings as they were with your Picasa account.

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So it’s time now to upload your profile picture and write something about you.

Build Your Circles

Next thing that you should do is, build up your circles and invite others. But to know what really circles are, read below:

  • Circles are different set of groups, or lists with different permissions. You can add your contacts in these circles to make sure that you don’t share your information with those who shouldn’t see them.
  • You will get updates from contacts that you have added in your circle. Just like twitter, you start getting updates from those whom you follow
  • Contacts in your circle will not get your updates, though they will be invited – but they can deny any incoming requests.

By default Google offers following circles to you, of course you can create more with ease

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Acquaintances
  • Following

You can simply mouse over them to read what kind of circle it is and sharing settings.

circles

Adding Contacts to Circles:

  • Click circle button (right on top middle – or where the red arrow is in above image)
  • Go to "Find and Invite" tab
  • Here you will be suggested with contacts that you may want to add in your circles, drag and drop them in below circles… simple as that
  • Note: Suggestions will be those contacts that you recently interacted with on Gmail
  • Want to add someone who is not in suggestions: There’s a button “Add a new Person”, click on it – type email address and you are done.

So you are almost done with basic settings and this is the time to go out and say Here I am!

Posts and Stream

You must be familiar with wall posts on Facebook, here Google calls it stream. And for me, the most loveable feature of Google+ is to get stream from specific circle.

Streams

  • Select stream from any of your circle and updates from only those will be shown from the circle
  • You can Share a post from your stream, comment on it +1 it (kind of liking a post)

You can post an update, using the box given on top of stream – exactly like facebook has;

  • Post any thing you feel like, you can add videos, pictures, links and so on
  • You can edit posts later on, delete them, mute them and so on
  • You can select circles or contacts that you want your post to be shared with.
  • You can disable resharing and/or commenting

stream-update

Hangouts

Hangouts is the coolest feature of Google Plus, it will let you start a video conversation with as many friends of yours as you like.

Simply click the “Hangout” button available on right sidebar or visit this link: plus.google.com/hangouts

You’ll be taken to a "green room" where you can select circles or individuals to add in your room (video chat).

Sparks = Interests and Likes

Visit the Sparks menu from left sidebar and you will find featured interests. Don’t worry, you are not bound to like them. Search your interests and while adding them, Google+ will give you content suggestions that you can share on your wall, stream in fact.

Once again Google+ allows you here to set which circles you want to share with and it works the same way as described for the post.

Turning Off Email Alerts

By default, Google+ will email you for every post, comment, +1 or anything that happens and is related to you.

This may irritate you – so simply visit Google+ settings from the Options menu which you can find at the extreme right of black bar – codenamed the “Sandbar”, you must have noticed it appearing from few days.

So just un-check the relevant boxes and you are done.

email-settings

Missing Facebook?

If you are missing Facebook here on Google+ and all that blue interface still mesmerizes you, make your Google+ look like Facebook.

It is simple and easy. Visit http://userstyles.org/styles/50051/google-facebook and follow the two step tutorial.

First install Stylish extension by selecting your browser from the list and then install the script. Here you are with your Google+ converted into Facebook!

google-plus-like-facebook

This was just a sneak peak of Google+ for beginners.

Google has planned to add more features like Games, Events etc. As project is considered to be one of the prime goals of Google to compete it’s rival Facebook so we can expect a lot from Google here.

Fell free to share any tip in comments.


  • waheed

    i am getting this msg from google

    oogle+ is in limited Field Trial
    Right now, we’re testing with a small number of people, but it won’t be long before the Google+ project is ready for everyone. Leave us your email address and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know when we’re ready to invite more people.

    • Abdul Waheed

      i m facing same problem

  • Google+ is closed now.When it will open again?

    • admin

      it keeps opening, best time is to get your account going during 6 – 10 AM

      • Monis

        will try tomorrow morning :D
        and admin you must be having invitations, so plz invite me

  • Fahad Saleem

    Already invited? We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.

  • AQ

    //Google+ is in limited Field Trial

    At the moment, we’re testing with a small number of people, but it won’t be long before the Google+ project is ready for everyone. Leave us your email address and we’ll make sure that you’re the first to know when we’re ready to invite more people.

    //

    anyone invite plz ?
    Thanks

  • Jabran

    Great write.

  • this is nice. I have already shifted to google plus. Nice tips. I was having a bit difficulty in the setting section. Thanks a lot. I shared my experience here..

    http://pakgreenz.com/2011/07/01/green-ideas-and-inspiration/the-first-experience-of-google/

    Thanks a lot for sharing these experiences.

  • Umair Ali Mughal

    Ahsan Javed ·Great write.man thanks a lot.

  • The best tutorial to understand Google Plus.
    Excellent and impressive work man!!

  • Sumair

    Google+ is in limited field trial. :(
    please someone send some invites.

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  • Mohsin Butt

    Admin please tell by email that me how to invite others from Google+ account?
    [email protected]
    (Please do not publish this comment)

  • Nauman Afzal

    This is it, the rival to FB. A lot of people are going to make the switch, thanks Google

  • Please send me an invitation. I need it.

    Thanks in Advance.

  • aamir

    is the web attractive ? They should allow its user to change the theme. .

  • Adil Javed Ch.

    i love this post.. well done Ahsan :)

  • Kindly send invitation. my email id is [email protected]

  • suleman

    Kindly please send me the invitation for google plus. I shall be very thankful to you.

  • Ali

    Great, I have just joined…Loving it.

  • I want invitation! Kindly someone send me invitation at m(dot)faisal(dot)suleman (at) gmail.com

    • Ali

      Invitation sent.

      “Sharing is Caring.”

    • Ali

      Invitation sent.

      “Sharing is Caring.”

  • jony

    what happened to your site’s home page?

  • Faizan

    Now thats coolllll i am going to try this ….

  • Well, Trying is great!
    The only missing thing is FRIENDS…. :)
    Let the music play (out loud) Google…..!

  • iWhizKID

    Tip;

    – fell free to share any tip in comments.

    It should be ‘feel’ not fell.

  • zain akhtar

    please invite me on Google plus
    [email protected]

  • Noman

    i need and invitation of google+ kindly send me..
    [email protected]

  • Muhammad Ishfaq

    AOA, Dear Admin and everyone,
    Plz any body invite me on Google +,
    I shall be thankful.

  • Muhammad Ishfaq

    AOA, Dear Admin and everyone,
    Plz any body invite me on Google +,
    I shall be thankful.
    my id is [email protected]

  • 9maan

    invite me pls [email protected]

  • Faisal mahmood

    hey guys plz invite me
    my e-mail is
    [email protected]

  • garammasalah

    Please any one want GOOGLE PLUS invitation just write to me gmail id and you will get it.