Last week I shared some very simple tips on how to use Google Plus. Those were meant for those of us who had an account but hadn’t done a thing with it other than take a look, shrug, and say “Not another social network! Who has time???”
That post talked about adding people to your circles as well as how to share a post: two quick and easy things to do to get you started on Google Plus. Hopefully, it showed you that Google+ is not scary!
However, it wouldn’t be a “social” network if that was all you did. After all, when you joined Twitter, you didn’t just follow people and send out links to your own posts. Or if you did, you might want to check out this list of Twitter Don’ts before we tackle Google Plus. Today, we’ll get a little further into Google Plus, slowly adding to our to-do list!
In the left sidebar, you’ll see a “Home” button. Click on that to see posts from everyone you follow. At the top, you’ll see options to only see posts from people in certain circles and you can choose which you’d like to see. Helpful to choose your “friends” circle if you are just hopping on for a few minutes to see what those people are doing and not what everyone you circle is doing, though be sure to check out some of your other circles or even “all,” since after all, you circled people for a reason! Comment on some posts, visit a few links, +1, or share posts that interest you.
On the right, you’ll see “People You May Know,” an easy tool to add more people to your circles. You’ll also see what’s trending on Google+: click on any of those topics to find out what people are buzzing about(though don’t click on True Blood if it’s trending and you haven’t had a chance to watch the latest episode! Total spoiler).
The “Explore” button can also be found in the left sidebar. Click on that for more trending topics as well as popular posts. It’s a good way to step out of your usual circles and see what else is going on, whether it’s world news or something fun like who is playing Finnick in the next Hunger Games movie or the latest photo/video that “everyone” is talking about.
Commit to spending just ten minutes a day on Google+ for the next week and see how you like it. It’s easy to say you don’t like something new if you don’t give it a try. Use some of the tips in last week’s post and this week’s to get you started. There’s even more you can do on Google+ like Events and Hangouts and you might find yourself wanting to explore those as you get more into G+.
Don’t forget to add me to your Circles!