Friday, September 23, 2011

Google Plus Tips - Tricks

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10 Google Plus  Tips - Tricks
Everyone is on Google+ or G+, as it's fondly called now. If you want to master this newest social networking mecca, then you need to learn the tricks of the trade. As most of us are in the exploring and experimenting stage on G+, listed below are a few pointers, that will aid you in using the social platform better and faster.

Tip 1: Sorting Out Circles – The Circles are the center of attention on G+ (no pun intended here). The idea of sorting out people into 'can't live without them' – 'they make my work easier' – 'we guys think alike' – 'I don't know what to do with these people', is quite appealing to most of us. In other words, you can divide people into 'Family', 'Friends', 'Colleagues', 'Acquaintances' and almost any other category you can think of. You can add people from Hotmail/Yahoo contacts and also from the 'Suggestions' box displayed on the right hand side of the page. How to bring the Facebook contacts to G+ ? There are a few Firefox and Google Chrome extensions that will do the job. Move your contacts to Yahoo first and then bring them to Google+.

Tip 2: Sharing With Chosen Circles- You share 'posts' on Google+ (not status updates or tweets). Once you put up something, you can choose which 'Circle' you want to share the update with, their names will appear underneath the post in blue. If the post is 'Public' (it is written in Green), anyone can see it in or outside your circles. Once you have put up a post, there will be gray circle with a triangle in it in the top right corner. Click on it for the dropdown menu. From here you can- edit, delete or link to a post or disable comments on a post. More importantly, if you choose 'Disable reshare' then, no one can share it.

Tip 3: Handy Shortcuts For A Post: These are a few keyboard shortcuts, that you have seen before in Gmail too.

Hit the 'Space bar' to scroll down the news stream
Press 'Shift + Space bar' to scroll up the news stream
Hit the 'Q' button to move the page up or down. Allows you to see Chat Option.
Hit on 'Enter' to start a comment
Press 'Tab', and then 'Enter' to submit a comment
Hit 'J' button to go down one post
Hit 'K' button to go up one post

Here are some simple codes, that will make posting faster on G+
For boldface, put asterisks before and after the *Word* – Word
For italics, put underscores before and after the _Word_ – Word
For strikethrough, put hyphen before and after the -Word- Word

Tip 4: Share Your Blogs: You can blog on G+ too. Start from concise 250 words posts. You can also redirect your domain to Google+. Redirecting your root domain helps you spread yourself. You may do so easily, as it's shown in this example- ''.

Tip 5: Editing comments on others posts: You can see what are the people in your Circles up to, via the stream. You can choose the Circles you want to see on your stream or the news feed. This way, it won't be clogged with updates from people, you have no interest in. When you comment on others' posts, you can edit or delete them, from the icons given below the 'comment here bar'. So, if you want to edit what you wrote, maybe rectify spelling mistakes, then make use of the edit options.

Tip 6: Plus 1 A Post: Like a friend's post, or their picture? Then click on the '+1' to like it. Your name will be shown underneath the post saying that you have +1'ed it, and the author of the post will get a notification that you like their work. However, the post in question will not be shared on your news feed. For people in your Circles to see it, you must 'Share' it.

Tip 7: Muting a Post: Your stream showing one particular post all the time, then you can 'Mute' it. This means that it will no longer see it. This also works, if you have commented or +1ed a post, then you will get a notification every time someone else comments on the post. The flow of continuous notifications can get irritating. In this case, you can go to the 'Menu' in upper right hand corner of the post and select 'Mute this post'. This will tell Google Plus to stop bugging you with it even when there's new activity, and will prevent your ever seeing this post in your stream or notifications bar again.

Tip 8: The 'Limited' Sharing: You can know, whether something that was shared with you is public/open to all or with a select few. There will be a 'Limited' icon at the top of the post, click on it to see who all are in tune with a particular post, and seeing your comments on it.

Tip 9 Chatting Tips: Google+ allows you to chat with people in your Circles. The Chat application is at the bottom of the Left Navigation, and a simple click activates it. The application is very similar to G-Talk, and you need a Google Chat Plugin for the same. The most interesting feature is that you can choose who you chat with. Identify the Circles, with which you want to chat with. These people will be able to see you online, and chat with you. However, for the chat to take place, the other person must also have enabled Chat with you.

Tip 10: Instant Messaging: This can be a bit tricky, as G+ doesn't have a direct personal message option like Twitter or Facebook. For this too, you have to take the 'Post' route. Key in whatever you want to message, like you would do, if you wanted to Post. After writing, click on the Share button and share it with one chosen person only. Your 'Post' will become a message as it will be seen by the concerned person only. Now, how can you make sure, they don't send it to someone else? Well, you can 'Disable Reshare' by going to the menu on the upper right hand corner of the post and selecting the "Disable Reshare" option.

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