July 8, 2011

How to get started with Google Plus and Circles

John HaydonGoogle Plus is the new social platform expected to give Facebook a good fight, and make Flickr, Quora and Twitter a bit nervous.

The video above covers the basics of using Circles, Sparks, Google Profile and sharing updates with friends.To get the most out of this video, share it with your friends (ask them what they think) and read Chris Brogan’s list of 50 ideas / possibilities about Google Plus.

Here’s what you’ll find in the video:

  • 00:45 – Filtering streams
  • 01:25 – Sparks
  • 01:40 – Sharing articles with Circles
  • 02:20 – Sharing with Extended Circles
  • 02:45 – Viewing photos
  • 03:33 – Using Circles
  • 05:45 – Editing content and visibility of your Profile
  • 06:20 – How to share updates, photos, videos and links with your Circles

How to use Google Circles

Google+ has a feature called Circles”that allows users to put various different people into specific groupings or lists.

This feature is intended to:

  • Share relevant content with the right people
  • Follow content posted by people you find interesting

No one in a circle can see who else is in the circle. They also don’t know what you’ve named the circle, or how many other people are in it.

This makes sense when you think about the real life “private circles” we all have in our minds:

  • People we look up to
  • Our closest friends
  • Potential project partners
  • Crushes

The people in these circles usually don’t know they’re in the circle. Some might eventually know (potential project partner becomes project partner), or they may never know (crushes). Continue reading