GOOGLE+ GETTING STARTED
Tips on how to set up your Google+ effectively.
Google+ getting started. Google+ is one of the newest social media sites. Although similar to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, it has unique features like hangouts and circles. Here’s how to set up your Google+ account:
- You need a Google account: To sign up for Google+ you need a Google account, as it links to all of your accounts, meaning you receive notifications whenever you’re using a Google website.
- Upload a profile picture: This is the thumbnail people will click on to see your profile, so make sure it’s clear and of high quality.
- Add profile information: After uploading a picture you’ll be ask to add extra information, for example where you work, where you’re from, what you’re hobbies are. This information helps to build a biography of the user. You also need a cover photo, those who have Facebook will be familiar with this feature. The cover photo is a bigger behind that goes in the background of your profile picture.
- Creating Circles: Circles are groups of people you follow that you’ve split up when you’ve followed them. Every time you follow someone on Google+ it will ask you what circle you want them to go in. The defaults are Friend, Family, Community etc, but you have the option to create your own.
- Posting on Google+: This is where the circles become important! Whenever you post something on your Google+ you will be given the option to only post it to particular circles. So if you want to post something but you don’t want your family to see it, you can select all circles except family.
- Communities: These are groups of people that have been added to groups that have something all in common. For example if you search ‘singers’ in communities, you’ll find communities of singers all in one place. Communities are used to find people with similar interests.
- Hangouts: Hangouts are a way of chatting and interacting with your followers. So like circles, you’ll be able to chat via Hangouts with people in your circles. However, there are 2 different types, Hangouts and Hangouts on Air. The difference between them is that Hangouts is a video chat privately with the people you invited from your circles, whereas Hangouts on Air are video chats that become public and are archived as YouTube videos.
- Events: Like Facebook, Google+ allows you to host events and invite people from your account to them. These are useful as you can invite people from each circle, saving time scrolling through the endless list of followers you have.
- What’s Hot: What’s Hot is a tab that shows you the most standout posts at that moment on Google+. These can be posts, topics or hash tags, these are all hyperlinked so users can click on them and research more into what’s hot.
GOOGLE+ GETTING STARTED
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