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What is Google Plus? A Complete User Guide. (Videos and Blog)

By Martin Shervington | google+, google plus, google plus tutorials, learn google plus, what is google plus, Uncategorized

If you think Google Plus is just another social site, you are in for a big surprise. What has been created is, put simply, a phenomenal tool for human communication, and much more. But it takes you to experience it, embrace it and ‘get it’ before this realisation really comes.

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The Ultimate Guide to Google Plus Posts

By Martin Shervington | google plus posts, Uncategorized

Google Plus postsSocial media is a moving target, quickly evolving. With Google Plus you have the opportunity to both create and effectively track how well your content is getting engagement.

The key is in trying different things. The look and the message of your posts matter very much, but there are other variables too which you should be mindful of.

Here are a few suggestions on the practical elements as well as the psychology of posting on Google Plus.

 

Introduction

A central feature to Google Plus, as the social destination, is the ability for content to be shared to individuals, circles, or public. When content is shared publicly you will often find it has the greatest 'reach', even leading to some content going viral as well. 

NEW: Complete Guide to 'Google Plus Posts and Photos' (23 mins)

This video covers everything you need to know about 'Posts and Photos'...

And for those who want to read more about it let's kick off and learn the foundations to making a post on Google Plus. There are also tips on how to use Google Plus for social search engine optimization below as well...

The different types of posts

There are two types of post on Google Plus:

1. Public i.e. anyone can see the content and it could be found in Google Search, and
2. Private - who see this depends on with whom you share it with e.g. individuals, circles, etc. (see below)

Let's now look at making a post itself...

How to make a post on Google Plus

The first thing you may like do is learn how to make a post just by adding in an image. You could just use text in the box, but adding an image gives the post a little more life.

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You can do this just by 'dragging and dropping' one off your computer. 

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Or you can upload one from you Google+ photos by clicking 'Your Google+ photos'...

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Or, once you get to the next stream, you can upload one from Google Drive by clicking on the tab at the top.

From there you may like to look at using Google Plus as a way to write a fuller blog post.

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Ultimate Guide to Google Hangouts

By Martin Shervington | Google Hangouts, google video call, Uncategorized

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With the launch of Google Hangouts, the world just got a lot more social!

As +Vic Gundotra puts it, Google is now connecting people in new ways, with one of the new ways being Hangouts.

Never heard of Google Plus Hangouts? Read on and discover one of the most useful tools for global socializing and collaboration.

What are Google Hangouts?

Google Hangouts launched in May 2013 to replace Google Talk, Gchat, what used to be called hangouts but were really 'Google Plus Video Chat' without the integration, and Google Messenger. Phew. I think life is about to get easier in the Plus. But what are they all about?

Using +Vic Gundotra's words, a great metaphor is this - hangouts are people sitting on a porch...

Think about it this way:

Hangouts are like a party on the porch front. You are walking by and see people are chatting away on the porch and decide to pop in and say 'hi'.

Check out this video and see what they are all about...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkpjZ7oA_Qg

‘Hangouts’ now mean something ‘more’ than they did when Google Plus launched - they are still hanging out on a porch, but it seems there are currently two ways to hang: text chat (in something like the old GChat but now with groups) and ‘video calls’ (what many have come to think about as ‘hangouts’)...

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