Sams Teach Yourself Google+ in 10 Minutes


Sams Teach Yourself Google+ in 10 Minutes, Second Edition gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you’ll learn how to use Google+’s latest improvements to connect with everyone you care about…share what you want to share…even build ...

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Sams Teach Yourself Google+ in 10 Minutes, Second Edition gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you’ll learn how to use Google+’s latest improvements to connect with everyone you care about…share what you want to share…even build your business!

Tips point out shortcuts and solutions

Cautions help you avoid common pitfalls

Notes provide additional information

Plain English definitions explain new terms

10 minutes is all you need to learn how to…

  • Create a great Google+ profile, fast!
  • Understand Google’s new privacy changes and regain control of your privacy
  • Navigate Google+ easily using the new Google+ sidebar ribbon
  • Use Circles to control exactly what you share and who you share it with
  • Design Google+ pages that attract customers to your business or brand
  • Find interesting, relevant content easily with Google+ search
  • Control your conversation streams with new notification controls
  • Discover Google+’s exciting new photo-sharing and enhancement tools
  • Collaborate in real time through Google+’s improved Hangouts features
  • Connect from your Android smartphone, iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device
  • Play the latest social games on Google+
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672336133
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 7/6/2012
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself -- Minutes Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 976,442
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrice-Anne Rutledge is a business technology author and journalist specializing in social media, online applications, and small business technology. Her other books include Sams Teach Yourself LinkedIn in 10 Minutes, Using LinkedIn, Using Facebook, and The Truth About Profiting from Social Networking, all from Pearson. Through Rutledge Communications, she also offers writing and editing services to businesses and nonprofits worldwide. You can reach Patrice through her website at

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Introducing Google+ 3

Exploring Google+ 3

Signing Up for Google+ 5

Signing In to Google+ 12

Navigating Google+ 13

Accessing Popular Google+ Features 14

Getting Help 15

Sending Feedback 16

Summary 17

2 Working with Google+ Profiles 19

Understanding Google+ Profiles 19

Adding a Profile Cover Photo 21

Adding a Single Cover Photo 21

Adding a Photo Scrapbook to Your Profile 23

Deleting a Photo 25

Changing Your Profile Photo 26

Editing Your Name 26

Editing Your Profile’s About Tab 27

Specifying Profile Privacy by Section 30

Adding Links on Your Google+ Profile 32

Specifying Your Contact Settings 36

Specifying the People to Display on Your Profile 37

Viewing Your Profile as Others See It 39

Adding a Google+ Profile Button to Your Website 40

Summary 40

3 Creating a Google+ Page for Your Business 41

Understanding Google+ Pages Versus Google+ Profiles 41

Creating a Google+ Page 42

Using Google+ as a Page 48

Managing Your Google+ Page Settings 49

Specifying Who Can Interact with You and Your Posts 50

Specifying Your Notification Delivery Preferences 50

Managing Your Email Subscriptions 50

Specifying Notification Preferences 50

Customizing Your Circles 51

Managing Photo Settings 51

Deleting a Google+ Page 51

Adding Google+ Page Managers 52

Removing a Google+ Manager 53

Transferring Ownership of a Google+ Page 54

Summary 55

4 Managing Your Network with Circles 57

Understanding Google+ Circles 57

Creating New Circles 59

Adding People to Circles 60

Adding People to Circles from the Find People Tab 61

Adding Your Email Contacts 63

Adding People and Pages that Google+ Suggests 66

Adding People from the Notifications Menu 66

Adding People from Their Google+ Profile 68

Managing Circles 69

Viewing People in Your Circles 69

Viewing People Who Added You to Their Circles 69

Moving People from One Circle to Another 70

Removing People from Circles 71

Editing a Circle’s Name and Description 71

Deleting a Circle 72

Sharing a Circle 72

Summary 74

5 Managing Google+ Settings and Privacy 75

Understanding Google+ Privacy 75

Managing Your Google Account Settings 75

Deleting Your Google+ Profile 77

Deleting Your Google Account 78

Managing Your Security 79

Managing Your Privacy Settings 80

Managing Privacy Settings for Your Google+ Profile 81

Managing Google+ Sharing 81

Managing Other Google+ Privacy Options 82

Managing Google+ Settings 83

Specifying Who Can Interact with You and Your Posts 83

Setting Notification Delivery Preferences 84

Managing Email Subscriptions 84

Specifying Notification Preferences 85

Enabling +1 Personalization 86

Adding Google+ Pages to Your Circles 86

Displaying Content About Google+ Games 87

Customizing Your Circles 87

Managing Google+ Photo Settings 87

Managing Your Products 87

Specifying Your Preferred Languages 88

Backing Up Your Data 89

Summary 91

6 Sharing Content on Google+ 93

Using the Share Box . 93

Formatting Your Posts 98

Mentioning Other People in Your Posts 99

Sharing Photos 100

Sharing Videos 103

Sharing Links 105

Summary 107

7 Viewing Your Google+ Stream 109

Exploring Your Stream 109

Accessing Your Stream 110

Viewing a Sample Post 110

Filtering Your Stream 113

Participating in the Stream 114

Liking a Post Using the +1 Button 114

Commenting on Posts 116

Sharing Posts 117

Managing Your Posts in the Stream 120

Editing a Post 121

Deleting a Post 122

Disabling Comments 122

Locking a Post 123

Reporting or Deleting Comments 123

Managing Your Circles’ Posts in the Stream 125

Linking to a Post 125

Reporting Abuse 126

Muting a Post 127

Viewing the Explore Page 128

Summary 129

8 Searching on Google+ 131

Searching Google+ Content 131

Filtering Google+ Search Results 133

Saving a Google+ Search 133

Summary 134

9 Viewing and Managing Notifications 135

Understanding Google+ Notifications 135

Viewing Your Notifications on Google+ 136

Viewing the Notifications Page 139

Receiving Notifications via Email and Text Message 140

Specifying Who Can Send You Notifications 141

Summary 141

10 Working with Photos 143

Exploring Google+ Photo Options 143

Uploading Photos to Google+ 143

Exploring the Photos Page 144

Creating and Managing Photo Albums 145

Creating a Photo Album 146

Viewing Your Photo Albums 147

Sharing an Album 148

Updating Album Sharing Settings 150

Organizing an Album 151

Deleting an Album 152

Adding Photos to an Existing Album 153

Working in the Photo Lightbox 154

Exploring the Lightbox 155

Tagging Photos 156

Editing Photos Using Creative Kit 161

Summary 162

11 Chatting on Google+ 163

Understanding Google+ Chat 163

Exploring the Chat List 163

Specifying Your Chat Availability 164

Specifying Your Chat Privacy Settings 165

Chatting on Google+ 166

Participating in a Chat 166

Sending a File 169

Using Voice and Video Chat 170

Chatting Off the Record 174

Signing Out of Chat 176

Summary 176

12 Using Hangouts for Video Chat 177

Understanding Hangouts 177

Preparing to Use Hangouts 177

Viewing the Hangouts Page 178

Starting a Hangout 178

Inviting People to a Hangout 184

Joining a Hangout 184

Adding Group Text Chat to a Hangout 186

Adding Apps to Your Hangouts 188

Using Screenshare During a Hangout 188

Adding YouTube Video to Your Hangout 189

Applying Google Effects to Your Hangout 191

Using Google Docs During a Hangout 191

Adding Other Apps 191

Muting During a Hangout 191

Ending a Hangout 192

Summary 192

13 Playing Games 193

Exploring Google+ Games 193

Playing a Game 193

Summary 198

14 Using Google+ Mobile 199

Exploring Google+ Mobile 199

Using the Google+ Android App 200

Using the Google+ iPhone App 201

Using the Google+ Mobile Web App 203

Using the Google+ Mobile Basic Web App 203

Summary 204

Index 205

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