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Google Plus First Look: a tip-packed, comprehensive look at Google+

Book Description


Get up and running with Google+ fast with this book and ebook

  • Written in plain but entertaining English by the author of over 100 books and a few zillion Internet posts

  • Leads you gently through understanding how Plus works and shows you tons of examples of how to make it work for you

  • Helps you not only master Plus but also develop strategies to do whatever you desire to accomplish on this great new social media network

In Detail

Start your social media experience afresh, having the most fun you possibly can sitting at a computer or holding your smart phone.

Whether restarting your social media participation from another network (doing it right and with a lot more control this time) or just jumping in for the first time, this book leads you triumphantly through Plus. Like Plus itself, the book is fun, exciting, and condenses everything you need for maximizing enjoyment in an easily readable format with tons of informative illustrations.

Google Plus First Look shows you how to join Plus and the kind of initial setup that guarantees a successful and fun-filled experience. The second chapter shows you Circles, Google’s innovative bit of genius that has taken social networking to a new level of control over our own interactions. We’ll see (and I do mean see) how Hangouts (video conferencing) works, and master Streams (where posts go), and Sparks (that jumpstart us posting). Sharing photos and video is the easiest you’ve ever seen, and you will see it in Chapter 5. Nor do you have to leave Plus at home, in Chapter 6 we take our social networking with us on our smartphones. Photos and videos upload automatically, ready for sharing. Finally, we learn how to promote things the right way, the polite way on Plus. This book serves as an indispensible reference to all that and more.


Table of Contents

  1. Google Plus First Look: a tip-packed, comprehensive look at Google+
    1. Google Plus First Look: a tip-packed, comprehensive look at Google+
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. About the Reviewers
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant Updates on New Packt Books
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    7. 1. Joining Plus and What to Do First
      1. What is Plus?
        1. Features of Plus
      2. Why join Google Plus?
      3. How to join Plus
        1. Getting a Google Account
        2. Getting a Plus Membership
      4. Privacy concerns
      5. Profiles
      6. What we learned
    8. 2. Sorting Everyone into Circles
      1. Tips on using Plus
        1. How to post
        2. Text emphasis
        3. Editing and deleting
        4. Other people's posts
        5. Shortcuts
        6. Sending a private message
        7. Editing your posts
        8. What's not to like about pluses?
      2. The basics of Circles
        1. Who's following whom?
        2. Adding people to your Circles
        3. Notifications
      3. Creating new Circles
      4. Circles for Friends, Acquaintances, and Family
      5. Mastering circle maintenance
        1. Sorting Circles
        2. Adding people who've added you
        3. Reordering Circles
        4. Sorting members of a circle
        5. Circle editing shortcuts
        6. Private Circles
      6. Following celebrities and others
      7. What we learned
    9. 3. Hanging Out
      1. What Are Hangouts?
      2. Selecting and setting up a webcam
      3. Starting your own Hangout
      4. Joining existing Hangouts
      5. Hanging out from YouTube
      6. What we learned
    10. 4. Streaming
      1. Changelog
      2. How the Stream works
      3. Controlling what we see
      4. Posting and Targeting
        1. Targeting
        2. Posting your own stuff
        3. Posting Other types of documents
        4. Posting from the web
        5. Archiving your posts
        6. Posting from another website
      5. What we learned
    11. 5. Sharing Media
      1. Preparing photos for Plus
      2. Uploading and captioning Photos
        1. Adding more than one photo to posts
        2. Posting photos from your phone
      3. Using the Photos section
      4. Preparing videos for Plus
      5. Uploading and captioning videos
        1. Uploading directly to Plus
        2. Sharing a YouTube video
        3. Using automatically uploaded videos from your phone
      6. What we learned
    12. 6. Mobile and Games
      1. Getting mobile access to Plus on phones or tablets
        1. SMS only
      2. Streaming
      3. Photos
      4. Circles
      5. Messenger
      6. Profile
      7. Notifications
      8. Settings
      9. Games on Plus
      10. What we learned
    13. 7. Promoting on Plus the Right Way
      1. Netiquette
      2. Considerate marketing is effective marketing
      3. Content is king
      4. A marketing secret
      5. Maximizing article views
      6. Driving visitors to your website
      7. Business and organization accounts
      8. Starting circle groups
      9. Google+ pages
      10. What we learned
      11. Conclusion
    14. A. Appendix
      1. Third-party websites
      2. Extensions