6 Great Tips for Using Google+

Are you new to Google+? We all are. Like any new site, it takes some getting used to. You’ll have to learn the ropes in order to fully appreciate what Google+ has to offer. To help you out, here are some useful tips and tricks that will enhance your Google+ experience and make adjusting a little easier.

Photos

One of the best things about sharing photos on Google+ is the ability to fully edit them. When you’re viewing one of your own pictures, click on “Creative Kit” to open the photo editor. Here you can rotate, crop, sharpen, and resize your photo. You can also adjust levels and add cool effects (similar to Instagram). Even more than that, you can alter and add things to your photos like little beards, vampire eyes, masks, crowns, speech bubbles, face paint, and more. You can add text, too, and turn your picture into an instant meme. Google+ photo editing can be very entertaining.

Newsfeed

There are lots of things you can do on your Google+ newsfeed to enhance your experience with it. For one thing, scroll down by pressing “j” and scroll up with “k.” If you want to link to a specific post, click on the timestamp of that post to get its permalink. Focusing on a post and hitting “enter” will automatically open the comment box. If you don’t want to receive any more notifications about a post you commented on, you can click “mute this post.” If you suspect someone has posted something against Facebook rules, hit “report abuse.” On the homepage, pressing “q” twice will allow you to add someone to your chat list.

Privacy

Google+ is rife with privacy options to help you protect yourself and share only with your intended audience. If you find you’ve been added to someone’s Circle and don’t want to be, you can click “block this person.” If you’re curious about exactly what your profile looks like to everyone on the web or to a specific person, there is a “view profile as” button that will show you. When you want to double check who exactly can see a post you’ve shared, the “limited” button will tell you.

Posting

When you create a post, you can bold something by adding a “*” before and after the selection you want bolded. For italics, put a “_” before and after. For strikethroughs, put “-” before and after. If you want to mention someone specifically, put a “@” or “#” in front of their name. You can hit “disable comments” if you don’t want feedback on your posts. You can also create a post within Gmail by clicking the “+Share” button in the top right-hand corner. You don’t even have to leave Gmail to do it. When you want to share a photo or file that’s on your computer, just drag and drop the file directly into the post box.

Bonus Tip

Google+ is still developing, and there are often changes and improvements being made. If you see something that you have a suggestion for, hit the “send feedback” button that will always be in the bottom left-hand corner of your Google+ screen. Perhaps you’ll come up with a tip or trick that can make things even better.

About Dean Saliba

Dean Saliba is a freelance writer, professional blogger, media enthusiast, dirty football player and huge professional wrestling fan who covers a wide range of subjects and niches including, making money online, traffic generating, pro wrestling, blog reviews, football, how-to guides, music, internet marketing and more.

14 thoughts on “6 Great Tips for Using Google+

  1. tires

    Thanks for the tips, Ben. I’m still an absolute novice to Google Plus and haven’t really done much with it since I signed up a while back. The privacy options sound really good for one, as Facebook I feel is lacking in that area.

    -Jean

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      I think this could be where Google Plus gets a bit of ground on Facebook because Facebook’s privacy options are driving a lot of people away.

  2. Mike Smith

    To me Google+ is great, but my friends don’t want to use it so often. I think with the time people will use Google+ more and more.
    Thank you for post!
    Mike

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      If your friends don’t wwant to use it yet then I don’t see how it will stop you from using it to promote your business. You can always set up another account for your friends when they join later on.

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      I was unaware of this feature myself, I’m rubbish at editing photos so if I can do some basic cropping and cutting with them than that would be great. šŸ™‚

  3. Irma

    I have found the photoediting feature to my liking. It is simple to use and it gives great results.

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      This reading this post was the first time that I had heard about the ability of edit photos with Google+, I’m looking forward to getting to grips that this feature.

  4. Joe

    These are some great tips. Iā€™m a longtime Google+ user and was not aware of the * _ @ and # switches, or that you could directly drag images into the postbox ā€“ thanks for those.

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      It’s always cool to discover new things with something you like using. I only dfiscovered with Facebook last year that typing ‘@’ in my status update box meant I could put a FB friend in my update. šŸ˜›

  5. Kevin Rose

    I really enjoy using Google+! And Google+ is still in developing stage, and I expect more and more great benefits and advantages using it!

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