If you’re like me, you’ve spent more time than you want to admit exploring Google Plus recently.
When I wasn’t figuring out how to get started with Google+, trying out G+ shortcuts and comparing the network to Twitter and Facebook, I was reading how others were managing it all. Here’s what I discovered—a list of the dozen best posts about Google+:
For Google Plus newcomers
#1. Getting started with Google+ Chris Brogan’s screen casts give you a speedy visual walk-through of G+.
#2. Everything You Need to Know About Google+…Thus Far Key features explained and illustrated with loads of screen shots.
#3. 40 Google Plus Tips for Newbies Learn how to set up GooglePlus, tag G+ photos, customize security settings in your profile, mute chatty post comments and much more. Hat tip to +Michel Fortin.
How to make the most of Google Plus
#4. 28 Google+ Tips to Enhance Your Google Plus Experience Formatting tips—how to bold, italicize and strike out text in your updates—and keyboard shortcuts—are among some of the most useful tips in this terrific list post.
#5. 10 Things CMOs Need To Know About Google+ Chris Brogan logged in more than 250 hours on Google+ before writing this Forbes post on 10 key G+ insights for marketers.
What people are saying about Google+
#6. 4 Reasons Google+ Matters to The Average User Didn’t go to MIT? Don’t have a Klout score of 90? Then you’ll love this post that uses understandable language and familiar examples to explore core benefits of Google+: Simplicity, Control, Integration and Portability.
# 7. Google+ 50 First impressions and takeaways from Chris Brogan. Among my favorites, #28: “Twitter makes a cleaner ‘newsroom’ feel, but G+ has many more methods to tell and deliver a story.” And #48: “Small Businesses would benefit from an integration of Places, Pages, and Google Plus. That whole social customer service movement? Pow. Done. Easy.”
#8. What Google+ is Really All About—Pssst, It’s Not Social. Vincent Wong’s insightful slideshow published on Quora.
#9. Google+ is the Social Backbone. Google Plus not just another social network, asserts Edd Dumbill of O’ Reilly Radar. According to Dumbill, G+ is “…the first system to combine a flexible enough social model with a widespread user base and a company for whom exclusive ownership of the social graph isn’t essential to their business.”
#10. 101 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Google+. The mother of all Google+ link posts. If you want to bookmark just one post on Google Plus, this is it. But you’d better set aside a few hours to explore the 101 links ranging from general how-tos to G+ feature-specific posts to Google Plus reviews to video and more.
Purely practical G+ posts
#11. Google+ Custom URL Shortener Let’s admit it: It’s kind of awkward to tell people, “Hey, connect with me on G+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/103635547998789264417/posts.” Now you don’t have to. This nifty URL shortener lets you customize your G+ URLs with one easy click. Mine is: gplus.to/LorraineThompson.
#12. G+ Search Search public Google Plus posts, much the same way you search Twitter.
What are your favorite G+ posts?
In the time it took me to gather these links, the number of Google+ tips, hacks and plugins has probably doubled. Keep us current. What are your favorite posts and links?
Google Plus photo courtesy of Jas9