OK, I’ve been on the new Google+ BETA for awhile now and I will be honest, I REALLY LOVE IT!
There are a few things that could be added to make it even better than it already is, but to be fair, it is in BETA mode and it is just US (not to be mistaken for “UNITED STATES” but rather a group of people as us, including me.) special people who were honored to be invited to test drive the new Social Network that Google has created.
I could go on about those additions that Google should or could add, but I know that everybody who has used Facebook, has already thought of them too, and it is just a matter of time that G+ has them also. So I will give it time and if they aren’t, Google staff is always there to “LISTEN” for feedback. (Unlike Facebook.)
One thing I can honestly say I really like about Google is… Well… is THIS:
Another thing that I like Google+ more over Facebook is the honesty. (hopefully it stays this way) For example, … When Google fucks up, they’re right on the ball apologizing and tell you how they’re going to make amends and keep you in the loop. But with Facebook, if a privacy issue comes up, it’s” Denial, denial, deny, deny, deny. And that it is the users fault!!”
Don’t get me going on the constant user contract that changes all the time. The way I see it. If I sign on to a service and agree to their term and agreements, “Those term and agreements need to STAY THE SAME, because THAT’s what I initially agreed to!” but Facebook has some idea that it is OK to change a contractual agreement any time it feels like. Just as long as you click ‘OK‘ or say ‘No‘ and they’ll boot yer ass. But NOT ANYMORE!!!! THERE IS COMPETITION!!! And I DON’T have to say YES ANYMORE WHEN I WANT TO SAY NO!!!!
Now somebody said to me the other day, “I don’t like G+ because they don’t have the free games like they do on Facebook.” Then I introduced them to the Chrome Web Store and then explained that a lot of the FREE games are ACTUALLY free and don’t expect you to pay money to advance in order to experience better levels or have to gain 100+ neighbors to advance in games… You can actually enjoy the games in FULL!
They said they didn’t have Chrome and they liked *bla-bla*bla Browser. I said Chrome is FREE, just like the games and the social network. It is FREE! What is there to complain about? A few hours later, they accepted my G+ invite and they added me to their circle. That’s all it takes, you just need to try it out.
Now that’s enough of my rant, here’s a few tips I read online from another site.** Also note that Google+ is in Beta an many screen shots posted here may have changes from what they currently have now, but you’ll get the jest right?
A post you commented on could quickly become popular and suddenly you find responses to it are spiraling out of control. Fear not, Google+ has a “Mute” function. To stop receiving updates from a post and remove it from your stream, click the arrow at the top of the post, then select “Mute this post.” To un-mute it, follow the same steps and select “Undo mute. +1
Google+ has designed a number of keyboard shortcuts that let you quickly get your way through or expression in your Google+ stream, as well as format your posts using bold, italic and strikethrough fonts. +1
Claim A Vanity URL:
Unlike Facebook, Google+ does not yet offer vanity URLs, like I have at (http://www.facebook.com/macbros/)or a shorter URL that you can use to point others to your profile. Enter gplus.to: a service that shortens your Google+ URL into something more simple. Like mine: gplus.to/macbros
Visit the site, choose a shorter username. then copy and paste the string of numbers identifying your Google+ page. This will create your vanity URL: gplus.to/yourusername. +1
Double-Check With Whom You’re Sharing
Sometimes it’s easy to forget who you’ve put into which Circles. If you ever have doubts when posting an update or sharing a link on Google+, click on the “Limited” link at the top. You’ll see ugly photos of each of the people who will be able to view and share your post with their connections. +1
Tag Someone in a Post
Facebook uses the “@” symbol followed by someone’s name to tag a person in a status update. To tag a person in an update on Google+, type the “+” symbol, followed by their username. As you type, Google+ will autofill possible options. +1
Share to Google+ From Gmail
When you’re logged into your Gmail account, you’ll notice a gray bar between your username and the Settings gear icon that says “Share…” This lets you post to your Google+ account without leaving Gmail. +1, but I still think this is a “FOR ONLY OPTION” so it gets a -1 too
Click on the Share button and the same status toolbar from the Google+ interface will pop out, letting you post a picture, video, link or update. And it is so different that you can share to ONLY certain circles(people in groups) just as long as the ORIGINAL poster allows for you to post it! So no sharing stuff that you don’t want to be shared. PRIVACY!! 100% PRIVACY!!! +1 +1 This gets two, no 3 +1′s!!!!
Disable Google+ Email Notifications
This is more of a WARNING than a Tip….
Once you get started with Google+ and others start to add you to their circles, your email inbox will flood with notifications. To turn off select email notifications, visit your Google+ settings page, found by selecting the gear icon in the top right of your Google+ page, then choosing “Google+ settings.”
I turned OFF ALL of my e-mail notifications. I have the iPhone APP now.. now I get my notifications in good time and diligence.
Drag and Drop from Your Desktop
There are two ways you can add photos, videos and links to an update in Google+. First, you can click the camera, video or paperclip icons, then search your desktop and folders, and upload it. Or, an easier method: Simply drag and drop the picture, video or link from your desktop directly into the share box.
Manage How Others See Your Circles
Directly under your Google+ profile picture is information about the people you have in your circles and the circles you are included in. Much like everything else on your profile page, this, too, you can edit.
From your Google+ profile page, click the “Edit profile” button, then hover over your Circles information. To edit it, click the gray globe icon. From here, you can choose whether or not you want others to see who you have in your Circles and who has put you in their Circle.
If Google+ just isn’t for you and you want to leave the service, here’s how to do it. Click your full name or email address in the Google+ bar, then click “Account settings” and choose “Account overview.” From here, click “Delete profile and remove associated features.”
This will delete your profile and remove your Google+ posts, circles and other content. You will still be able to access Gmail and most other Google services.
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