I can tell what most people think when they hear someone say Google+. “What? Another social network?” “Nobody uses Google+” “I already have a Facebook or Twitter account, I can’t handle another social network?” While these are valid questions, they are not without their faults. Google+ is not another social network. Google is adding a social layer to the Google products you already use like Search, Youtube, Drive, and Gmail. This post will break down the basics of getting started with Google plus by creating your profile, sharing your first post, and finding people to add to your circles.
Step 1: Create your profile
Let’s start with what you need to do to get ready to use Google+. Your Profile. You should start with a photo, of you. Google wants you to be a person, so you should upload or take a picture of yourself. Find a picture of you. You also want to put something in your Cover Photo spot. Don’t leave it with that green blank thing Google puts there. If you don’t complete your profile, it looks like you don’t care enough about using Google plus and you won’t get followed. You can use the same cover photo you use for Facebook or create a new one. Either a single photo or a collage. Picmonkey is great for making a collage. Continue reading