If you're going to Google+, read this first!
As one of the first British people on Google+ before it opened to the public, you'd think that I'd been playing around with Google+ for a few months now but funnily enough, although I had entered my profile and cautiously invited a few other contacts, I hadn't really played around with it until just over a week ago.....
And what fun I have been having! More alive than Facebook, the responses from posters on Google+ are more proactive and you can write longer posts than Twitter, it's an effective hybrid of the two that has developed into a completely new and effective tool for connecting with people globally and locally, on a personal or business level. Not only that but you can have realtime video and audio contact with up to 10 people at once on Google+ Hangouts! Think what that could mean for your social or business life!
Google+ has only just recently opened its doors for business users to come on board, which means that if you have a business account with Google Apps, you can, without being blocked by Google+ extend the social media activity, for your company, to include the Google+ platform!
If you want to take advantage of Google+ for your business and you haven't got an account with Google Apps, I suggest you get one and go from there. You can get Google Apps free here
Please note that, if you have already created a good personal profile on Google+ and you want to build on that but you have a business that is already registered on Google Apps, it is better for you to stick with your personal profile, at the moment. You can wait until Google+ release their migration tool for this purpose, which is expected in the next few weeks.
Get These Links
Whether using Google+ for business, for personal, or for both, make sure you download these brilliant apps from the Chrome Web Store.
1/ Use Google Chrome as your browser, as you will then be able to access some powerful apps that will increase the pleasure and ease of use, of Google+. Get it here.
If you need to transfer your favourites from Internet Explorer, or Fire Fox to Chrome, then read this article.
2/ One of the most exciting and powerful features of Google+ is the ability to 'Hangout'. You really need...a camera, headphones and microphone and to try it for yourself! This is where you go to try Google Hangouts!
3/ To control what circles show up in your stream and other nifty tricks download, PLUS MINUS
4/ To add extra buttons for easier replies download, REPLIES AND MORE
5/ To stop animated images with the escape key, download GIF STOPPER
6/ To integrate Google+ with the Chrome Browser, download SURPLUS
Many thanks to the generous and very helpful Mike Downes, for these links! Might I suggest you add him to your Circles, he is extremely knowledgeable and helpful with it.
Google+ is only fun and effective, if you actually have some people in your circles.
So how can you work on getting people into your circles and on getting yourself into other people's circles?
How can you get Twitter followers onto Google+?
How can you find people by location?
How can you create a short and easy to use link to put on the signature of your emails and elsewhere to connect with Google+?
I'll be answering these questions and more, in my next post.
Keep googling and feel free to add me, Karen Mercer to your circles!
Also, please post questions, ideas and other suggestions, so that we can keep sharing our knowledge.
Thanks for reading. xxx