Google+: The Complete Guide

July 16, 2011

I’m still not sure what I think of Google+. I have an account, and I am trying it out. I can’t imagine adding another social media network to my social media ensemble—unless something else goes. Regardless, this simple guide, created by Ben Parr at Mashable, will help you get up to speed quickly. What do you think about Google+?

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  • Matt Lynn

    I think it has great potential to be a major contendor as a social network. It also has some features that set it distinctly apart from Facebook and Twitter. Ultimately, I think we’re going to have to wait and see what kind of culture develops in the Google + community. 

    As of right now, it’s been a great resource for sharing links to my blog. A lot of people are on +, but few are sharing content at the same rate that they are sharing on Facebook and Twitter. It’s an open mic, and not many are stepping up just yet. 

  • Hebrews12v2

    I am getting more into Google + than any other Social Media. I think that Facebook should be worried because Google is going to be a place for the educated and FB will be for the game players and underachievers.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I agree. I really don’t think it’s a threat to Twitter, but Facebook should be concerned.

      • Daniel Decker

        I bet FB is going to be quick to roll out G+ similar features… such as the Circles and group video, etc. (the things that people like about G+).

        My guess is that G+ might appeal to those of us who are more regular users of Social Media  (daily use) or those who might be more interested in the business networking side but I think G+ has a long way to go to get the common FB user to move.

        Either way, I’m interested to see how it all plays out… what I am not interested in is splitting any more of my time on something else unless it has a dramatic benefit in helping my productivity or relationship building increase.

  • joshaidan

    It somewhat feels like a combination of Facebook and Twitter, because I can easily click through different circles, such as friends (a stream similar to facebook), and personalities on the internet (a stream more like Twitter).

    • Michael Hyatt

      I like that aspect of it, too.

  • J Radosevich

    I am a big fan. Currently I am experimenting by not using Facebook.

  • Chad Billington

    Thanks, Michael. I’m hoping to get an account setup (just to get my name before I have to use some crazy acronym for myself).

  • Susie Finney

    I’m not sold on it yet.  I don’t know if it’s just because I’m still getting a feel for it, or what, but I don’t know if I’ll be very active on it.  I like the idea of being able to organize friends into circles and share different content with different circles, but it has been hard so far when trying to find other friends who may be on, and there are other features that I miss about it.  I’ve also heard questions about privacy issues with it.  It’ll be interesting to see how it develops.

  • Nick Shelton

    I’m loving it so far. It’s giving me fresh start for social networking (instead of having a profile with thousands of friends, 90% who I do not see anymore). I also love the features that make group messaging easy. I am hoping they’ll add many more features in the feature without opening up to the hundreds of annoying apps that are on FB. 

    Overall, I think it’s been a stellar launch and can’t wait to see what’s up next. 

  • Joy Groblebe

    It’s a little overwhelming…I  need Hootsuite to post my stuff on FB, Twitter and G+…we shall see.  

    • Michael Hyatt

      When I first read your post, I thought you sais you were already using HootSuite to post to Google+, so I tried to install it as a new account. No such luck.

      Yes, HootSuite need to add this!

  • Benjamin Lichtenwalner

    If anybody will kill Facebook, it will be Google.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I doubt that Google will kill Facebook. There’s probably room in the market for both. If Google stole half of Facebook’s users—at that would be heroic given Facebook’s lead—that would still be 375 million users!

      • Benjamin Lichtenwalner

        I agree, but there’s one thing that makes me wonder: history. Most thought Facebook could never kill MySpace either. While MySpace was also horribly managed, history has proven that only one broad-based (or comprehensive) social platform will dominate in a given geography. Hence, I wonder if Google+ will, effectively, “kill” Facebook.

        One thing is certain: it will be exciting to watch!

        • Daniel Decker

          I see a lot of people using the Myspace example but I honestly don’t think it’s the same. In theory the example works because anyone who is on top can eventually get overtaken BUT Myspace destroyed itself and just opened the door for someone else to take the lead.

          I was an early adopter on Myspace, loved it at first then hated it when it got overrun by spam and by their very poor choice of allowing very distasteful advertisements (borderline porn). I was LOOKING for a Myspace alternative when FB came along. I’m not so sure that is the case now. FB has run itself relatively well and I doubt the vast majority of users are LOOKING for a change.

          • Michael Hyatt

            Great point, Daniel. In fact, this will be Google’s biggest challenge: most people don’t have a felt-need. In just talking to other people about Google+ over the last few days, most have said, “I don’t need one more social media network to check.”

          • Benjamin Lichtenwalner

            Excellent points, Daniel. I agree with you, for the most part. However, Facebook has repeatedly upset many people with their poor privacy policy practices. In addition, Facebook, in my humble opinion, is still awkward to use when it comes to private or direct messaging. In contrast, Google+ has seamless gmail integration.

            So I certainly do not anticipate the same downfall of Facebook that MySpace experienced. However, I do believe the bulk of users will eventually shift to Google+.

            Thanks for sharing, Daniel. You have excellent insight.

  • Chase

    I need to know if I can trade links with your website. I have a Christian Social Network. God Bless!My Jesus Network

    • Michael Hyatt

      That really doesn’t happen anymore. That was traffic strategy about 10 years ago, but I don’t know of anyone using it today.

  • tonychung

    I’ll have to wait because as a Google Apps user, G+ and profiles aren’t available yet. Neither is Buzz. I don’t want to use my old (and soon-to-be dead) account just to play with a new toy. I’ll let all the early adopters get on the bus and enjoy playing with my kids.

  • John Richardson

    It will be interesting to see how they implement features for business. Currently I really  like the circles feature and to be able to setup a hangout (group video chat). The hangout feature will make instant cross-country meetings possible. Circles address the main drawback to Facebook, in segregating friends into different groups, so the 50 pictures of last night’s party aren’t shared with your corporate contacts. I think Facebook should be worried.

  • Joe Lalonde

    I signed up for a Google+ account and it seems pretty nice. However, I feel like I’m on social network overload and don’t know how much I’ll be using it.

    However, I’m tempted to try it out for business purposes at my work. We recently started a Facebook page and I think getting in at the start of Google+ could be big.

  • Uma Maheswaran S

    Google +. Hmm! One more social media to follow on.