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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.