Friday 1 July 2011

20 Google+ Tips to Enhance Your Google Plus Experience


Google has finally rolled out Google+ which is not yet another service like Google Wave and Buzz, but is an amazing and power packed social networking website which is deemed to rise very high and compete with today's biggies 'Facebook and Twitter'.

I tried out Google+ after getting an invite and found it really interesting, may it be its simple and cool design or the variety of features it offers. One has to accept that Google has done some really good and hard work in bringing out Google+. After all, it was their long time wish to have a Google Social Network that can dominate over the web.
# Here are some useful Google+ Tips shared by Matt Cutts and users who responded on his post at Google+. All these tips are handy and let you experience the actual power of Google+ (PLUS). Check them below:
1. Click on Profile pictures to rotate through them.
2. Click 'j' to navigate down to the next item or 'k' to navigate up when checking the stream using keyboard.
3. To add formatting to your text, use the simple trick below.
  • (*)bold(*):  Add * before and after the message.
  • (_)italics(_):  Add _ before and after the message.
  • (-)strike-through(-):  Add - before and after the message.
For example: *Hello* _everyone_ -Mayur- will appear as shown below:

4. Click on "Limited" next to the timestamp to find out the actual list of persons with whom you are sharing a particular post.

5. Add a + or @ signal to mention someone specifically in a post.

6. Click on the Timestamp to get the permalink (web URL) of any post.

7. Share your post with Public or Circle/Circles only. You can even share a post with an individual by typing their name or email address. A very useful one!

8. What's more, you can even edit the photos uploaded by you. It's easy and flawless.

Open any picture uploaded by you or visit the gallery. Select Actions > Edit photo.

Then improve your not so good photos by adding some smart effects to them in a click.
9. Unlike Gmail, you can Resize the Chat Box in Google+. To do so, just drag the box by its corner or sides.

10. If you're annoyed with some post that is getting lots of comments and thus irritating you with notifications. Just Mute the post. You can even Block any person and can Report Abuse against him.

11. Set Options for any post made by you by clicking the grey drop-down 'Options' icon. You can choose to Edit it, Delete it, Disable comment or Disable Resharing a post.

12. Tired of receiving notifications for a particular post you made or commented on? Just hit "Mute this post" to get rid of it.

13. Share a post or check notifications on Google+ directly from within Gmail account without opening a separate webpage for Google+. Now that's seamless integration. :)

14. See how your profile appears to others – Input his/her username, select Edit profile, make the alterations to your profile only for that specific person. Something unique!

15. While on the Home tab, press twice the q key on the keyboard to search and add people to your chat list. (Press q 2nd time after a gap of sec).
16. Hitting Enter when focused on a Post opens up the comment box.
17. Set delivery preferences and tick mark desired entries under "Receive Notifications". Visit this link to edit the settings:
18. What's that Incoming option under Stream? "Incoming" stream is stuff from people who are sharing with you, but who you haven't added to a circle.
19. Give feedback – Found any bug or have a tip to suggest? Just click Send feedback from lower right corner, cool part is you can highlight the faulty area and report about it.
20. Trick to Invite anyone to Google+ even if you don't have invites – Make a post, Share it with that person using his email address. Then ask him to click Learn more about Google+ in the received email. On opening it, a page will ask to Join Google+.