A Newbie on Google+

Hi again everyone.

After writing about Social Media and networking on my blog posts I have decided that I must get to it and investigate Google+. I have been told it is a ‘must’ if I want to increase my online social presence. So here goes.

What Is Google+?

Well Google+ is a social media platform that is growing in leaps and bounds. According to some it will overtake Face Book as the most popular platform in the next couple of years. Google themselves refer to it as just another layer of the Google services.

How Do We Sign Up For It?

Well to be honest, it was all a bit of a blur. I logged into my Gmail account with my usual details. Now this next bit happened so fast that I am not quite sure what actually did happen.

Once I was in my Google mail section I think I clicked on the words Pauline+ somewhere on the screen. And there I was, thrown into Google+ without even a ‘thank you mam’. This emphasizes just how easy it is to join Google+.

What Happened Then?

The first thing to sort out was my profile. I uploaded a photo of myself from my computer files, and entered additional information as required, mainly all optional.

It is recommended that you tell the world all about yourself but there don’t appear to be any penalties if you don’t. Maybe other people won’t include you in their circles (we’ll talk about circles later) if they don’t have enough information about you.

The Sidebar Menu

On the left hand side of the Google+ screen you will find a drop down menu with ‘Home’ at the top. When I clicked to go to the home page I was dumbstruck. There on the screen in front of me where what looked like tons of rectangles with posts inside of them.

I felt quite dizzy seeing them all. I am not sure yet whether they are people who have added me to their circles (there’s that word again) or the people I have added.

When first exploring I came across a page telling me that twenty-seven people had added me to their circles. On impulse I just clicked on each name and I added them to my ‘acquaintance’s’ circle. I don’t know who they are and why they had added me to their circles, maybe I will regret my impulse. I should imagine there will be an ‘un-add’ somewhere along the line.

Just checked out the ‘home’ screen properly and I am now sure it is the people I have added to my circles ( ha ) together with some ‘trending’ posts that Google thinks might interest us. We can switch these off if we wish.

Across the top of the home page is a menu bar which gives us the choice of which circle we wish to read, so filtering down the messages. Now it is not so cluttered. The fog is now beginning to clear in my brain. I hope you are able to follow along with this ramble of mine.

Now for Those Lovely Circles

In the last 300+ words I have mentioned the word ‘circle’ a total of seven times up to now. What are these circles? They are the heart of Google+ that’s what they are.

It is into these circles that all your connections are grouped. They are similar to the separate lists we can keep in Face Book to keep different people in different sections of our lives, but so much better.

It is in the ‘people’ menu that everything begins to fall into place. On first entering this page you are presented with photographs of people that you might know and might wish to add to your circles.

As on the home page you will find a menu bar giving options for you to choose from. Here you will find, amongst others, ‘your circles’. Yaay, we find them at last.

I have a line of circles and each contains names and photos of my connections separated into the categories that I have chosen. Some people can appear in more than one category. In fact you can put anybody anywhere you want to.

I must admit it was very confusing at first. However having spent most of the day trying to understand it, I think I am nearly there.

There is an awful lot more to Google+ than I have mentioned. There is a lot more exploring to do, but I’m sure it will be a useful tool for internet marketing.

I will leave you all now to straighten out your heads.

Speak again soon.

Pauline

21 Comments

  • tinyurl.com

    Reply Reply May 28, 2014

    Your method of describing everything in this article is really
    nice, every one be capable of easily understand it,
    Thanks a lot.

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply May 28, 2014

      Hi Bernadette thank you for your comments.
      I do try to keep it simple for myself as well as for others.
      Hope to speak again.

      Take care Pauline

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  • Hi Pauline,

    I was always blurry when it came to Google+, even though I had heard how I should be using it for years. The whole circle thing had me confused. Well, I guess I must now look into it and start.

    I hope to interact more with you and the 2014 class of P2S. I am having fun making new friends and learning. I feel like I have a ringside seat to IM, don’t you? John is a wonderful teacher, I hope we all keep interacting even when we are done in December.

    Mary Ann Kirchhoffer 🙂

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply April 1, 2014

      Hi Mary Ann,
      Thank you for your comment.
      I am learning so much, so fast, I think I will need to slow down and go back over the lessons to make sure that I do know what I am doing.
      The social media is a bit of a blur for me too.

      It would be could to keep in touch after the course.
      So the more we interact now the more likely this will happen.

      Take Care
      Pauline

  • Dave Thomas

    Reply Reply March 27, 2014

    Pauline

    Thanks for the post

    I keep looking at Google+ myself and wondering if I have enough time to actually try and keep another social media site populated, but I suppose that it is something that I need to seriously consider if I want to be considered as a “player” in IM.

    I might even go of and get enrolled tonight once I’ve done the next few bits of John’s latest lesson.

    DaveT

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 31, 2014

      Hi Dave,

      Yes I know what you mean. I am not/was not very active in the social media platforms. However, I am trying. Still not quite fully fledged into them yet.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Karen Thomson

    Reply Reply March 25, 2014

    Thanks for this Pauline – I actually realised that I have about 3 Google+ accounts by accident – I think because I have a few gmail addresses that I use for different things. I believe you can merge them all but may have to be a job for another day! I do realise though how important Google+ is to getting your posts ranked so that ‘another day’ ought to be soon! 🙂

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 31, 2014

      Hi Karen

      Good luck with that, LOL

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Torsten Müller

    Reply Reply March 23, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    a nice post about Google+. Although I have my profile with Google+ quite some time, I never really used it that much until just recently.

    As I read in one comment above, you got your hands on ‘The Power of Plus’ from Sue and Dan Worthington. This is definitely a guide to help you a lot in getting the most from Google+.

    Keep it up,
    Torsten

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 31, 2014

      Hi Torsten,

      Yes I really must get into Sue’s program a bit more.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Khdziri Lee

    Reply Reply March 18, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    A very easy and simple ways how to sign up for Google+, it remind me when I sign up for it last year. A bit hard to understand the concept at firs, but at the end it easy and simple. Good job Pauline.

    Khdziri

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 18, 2014

      Hi Khdzire,
      Thank you for your comments.
      Your right about it being easier once the concept is understood.
      I shall spend a bit more time with Sue Worthington’s product and the free videos that Roman mentioned.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Roman

    Reply Reply March 18, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    Nice post. You said that you spent most of the day trying to understand Google+. I recommend “The Power of Plus” by Sue Worthington. There are also lots of free videos on YouTube to save your time.

    Best wishes,
    Roman

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 18, 2014

      Hi Roman,
      Thank you for the recommendation, I have already bought Sue’s product and intend to work my way through it.
      As you say there is a lot of help out there for us to take advantage of.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Sky Nealon

    Reply Reply March 18, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    A very well presented, documented and fascinating post about your experience with Google+, I remember a similar experience last week when I first got my Google+ account, everything seemed so scary, daunting and weird in a way. Still haven’t quite got my head around the circle things, and adding people yet.

    I look forward to your next post

    Sky

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 31, 2014

      Hi Sky,

      Sorry I am tardy in getting back to you.
      Google+ was really scary at first, but now I am beginning to get my head around it.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Kim

    Reply Reply March 17, 2014

    You know what Pauline, you just inspired me to go join up, I’ll maybe see you in there lol

    Cheers
    Kim

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 17, 2014

      That would be good Kim.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Wayne Singleton

    Reply Reply March 17, 2014

    Hi Pauline,
    Thank you for a succinct description of Google+ and how it all works.
    You explanation is very well done and I will be following it tonight to wet up my own Google+ account.
    I think yo have saved me lot of work!
    regards
    Wayne

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 17, 2014

      Hi Wayne,
      There is still a lot for me to explore on Googe+ but the first shock of it all is now over for me.
      Thank you for visiting and commenting.
      Take care,
      Pauline

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