First, you need a Google account, which is free, gives you Gmail (Google's e-mail service), and access to a growing number of Google applications on the web. Having Gmail is essential because of the integration between it and Plus for sending you notifications of posts and other events.
Here's the way you get all that.
If you do not have a Google account yet, it's simple enough to get one. Free, of course.
Google currently encourages you to use your real name on Plus, so you'll need to register that way (they have been deleting Plus accounts which do not meet this criteria). We'll discuss privacy concerns and this controversial policy later in this chapter and explain more about real names, pro and con. ...