Sams Teach Yourself Google+ in 10 Minutes


Sams Teach Yourself Google™+ in 10 Minutes gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. Work through its 10-minute lessons to jumpstart your Google+ experience...and then use today’s hottest social network to connect with everyone and everything...

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Sams Teach Yourself Google™+ in 10 Minutes gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. Work through its 10-minute lessons to jumpstart your Google+ experience...and then use today’s hottest social network to connect with everyone and everything you care about!

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
  • Take control of your privacy on Google+
  • Use Circles to share exactly what you want, with only the people you want to see it
  • Manage conversations with Google+ Stream
  • Upload your photos to share with friends and family
  • Hold group video chats for free on Google+ Hangouts
  • Take your social network wherever you go with Google+ Mobile
  • Play games on Google+: from Angry Birds to Sudoku and beyond
  • Quickly access the best Google+ features with the Google+ bar
  • Have more fun and get more productive with Google+ add-ons and extensions
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672335860
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 11/14/2011
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (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
Chapter 1 Introducing Google+ 3
Exploring Google+ 3
Signing Up for Google+ 5
Signing In to Google+ 13
Summary 14
Chapter 2 Working with Google+ Profiles 15
Understanding Google+ Profiles 15
Editing Your Google+ Profile 17
Editing Your Profile’s About Tab 17
Specifying the Tabs to Display on Your Profile 25
Specifying Who Can Send You an Email 26
Specifying the People to Display on Your Profile 27
Viewing Your Profile as Others See It 29
Adding a Google+ Profile Button to Your Website 30
Summary 31
Chapter 3 Managing Your Network with Circles 33
Understanding Google+ Circles 33
Creating New Circles 34
Adding People to Circles 36
Adding People to Circles from the Find People Tab 37
Adding Your Email Contacts 40
Adding People from the Google+ Suggestions Section 44
Add People from the Notifications Menu 45
Adding People from Your Incoming Stream 47
Adding People from Their Google+ Profile 48
Sending Invitations to Friends 49
Managing Circles 51
Viewing People in Your Circles 51
Viewing People Who Added You to Their Circles 51
Moving People from One Circle to Another 52
Removing People from Circles 53
Editing a Circle’s Name and Description 53
Deleting a Circle 54
Summary 55
Chapter 4 Managing Google+ Settings and Privacy 57
Understanding Google+ Privacy 57
Managing Your Google Account Settings 57
Using Multiple Sign-In 60
Deleting Your Google+ Profile 62
Deleting Your Google Account 64
Managing Your Privacy Settings 65
Managing Privacy Settings for Your Google+ Profile 66
Managing Google+ Sharing 67
Managing Other Google+ Options 68
Managing Google Privacy Options 68
Managing Google+ Settings 69
Setting Delivery Preferences 70
Specify Notification Preferences 71
Enabling +1 Personalization 72
Specifying Your Preferred Languages 73
Backing Up Your Data 75
Managing Your Connected Accounts 77
Showing Connected Account Links on Your Google+ Profile 78
Connecting More Accounts 78
Allowing Google+ to Search for Connected Accounts 79
Summary 79
Chapter 5 Sharing Content on Google+ 81
Using the Share Box 81
Formatting Your Posts 85
Mentioning Other People in Your Posts 86
Sharing Your Location 87
Sharing Photos 87
Sharing Videos 90
Sharing Links 93
Summary 95
Chapter 6 Viewing Your Google+ Stream 97
Exploring Your Stream 97
Accessing Your Stream 98
Viewing a Sample Post 99
Filtering Your Stream 101
Viewing Your Incoming Stream 102
Viewing Notifications 104
Participating in the Stream 106
Liking a Post Using the +1 Button 106
Commenting on Posts 108
Sharing Posts 109
Managing Your Posts in the Stream 112
Editing a Post 113
Deleting a Post 114
Disabling Comments 115
Reporting or Removing Comments 115
Locking a Post 116
Managing Your Circles’ Posts in the Stream 117
Linking to a Post 117
Reporting Abuse 118
Muting a Post 119
Blocking a Person 119
Searching for Posts in Your Stream 120
Summary 122
Chapter 7 Exploring the Google+ Bar 123
Viewing Your Notifications 124
Accessing Popular Google+ Features 128
Sharing Content 129
Getting Help 130
Sending Feedback 130
Signing Out 132
Summary 133
Chapter 8 Working with Photos 135
Exploring Google+ Photo Options 135
Uploading Photos to Google+ 135
Exploring the Photos Page 136
Creating and Managing Photo Albums 137
Creating a Photo Album 138
Viewing Your Photo Albums 140
Sharing an Album 141
Deleting an Album 143
Adding Photos to an Existing Album 144
Working in the Photo Lightbox 145
Exploring the Lightbox 146
Tagging Photos 148
Editing Photos 152
Working with Photo Scrapbooks 153
Adding a Photo Scrapbook to Your Profile 154
Deleting a Scrapbook Photo 156
Summary 156
Chapter 9 Chatting on Google+ 157
Understanding Google+ Chat 157
Exploring the Chat List 157
Specifying Your Chat Availability 159
Inviting People to Chat 159
Chatting on Google+ 163
Participating in a Chat 163
Sending a File 165
Using Voice and Video Chat 168
Chatting Off the Record 173
Starting a Group Chat 175
Blocking and Unblocking People on Chat 177
Signing Out of Chat 179
Summary 180
Chapter 10 Using Hangouts for Video Chat 181
Understanding Hangouts 181
Preparing to Use Hangouts 181
Starting a Hangout 182
Inviting People to a Hangout 187
Joining a Hangout 188
Adding Group Text Chat to a Hangout 190
Adding YouTube Video to Your Hangout 192
Muting During a Hangout 194
Ending a Hangout 196
Using Hangouts with Extras 196
Using Google+ Hangouts on Air 197
Summary 198
Chapter 11 Playing Games 199
Exploring Google+ Games 199
Playing a Game 200
Sending Game Invitations and Requests 204
Viewing and Responding to Game Notifications 205
Sharing Game Activity on the Games Stream 207
Buying Virtual Goods 210
Removing Game Permissions 211
Summary 213
Chapter 12 Using Google+ Mobile 215
Exploring Google+ Mobile 215
Using the Google+ Android App 216
Using the Google+ iPhone App 218
Using the Google+ Mobile Web App 219
Using the Google+ Mobile Basic Web App 220
Summary 221
Chapter 13 Using Google+ Extensions and Add-Ons 223
Exploring Google+ Extensions and Add-Ons 223
Exploring Google+ Chrome Extensions 224
Extended Share for Google Plus 224
G+me for Google Plus 225
Replies and More for Google+ 226
Google Plus Manager 226
+Photo Zoom 226
Exploring Google+ Add-Ons for Mozilla Firefox 227
Exploring Other Google+ Tools 229
Summary 230
Index 231

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