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==Essential Requirements==
 
==Essential Requirements==
Blogs will operate on both a Mac or PC, as well as an iPad or mobile phone.
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Google+ will operate on both a Mac or PC, as well as a mobile devices.
  
 
===Equipment===
 
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===Software===
 
===Software===
Access to blogsis accomplished through a Web-browser. These are the most common browsers:
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Access to Google+ is accomplished through a Web-browser. These are the most common browsers:
  
 
* [[Learning Guide:Internet_Explorer|Internet Explorer]]
 
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* [[Learning Guide:Safari|Safari]]
 
* [[Learning Guide:Safari|Safari]]
  
===Common Blogging Applications===
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Google+ is accessed by going to [https://plus.google.com/ https://plus.google.com/] although you may require and invitation to begin. If you need an invitation, find a Google+ user; they are usually willing to send out invites.
Here are common blogging Websites:
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* [http://wordpress.com/ Wordpress]
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* [http://www.blogger.com/ Blogger]
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* [http://www.typepad.com/ Typepad]
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* [http://movabletype.com/ Movable Type]
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* [http://www.livejournal.com/ LiveJournal]
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Here is a [http://weblogs.about.com/od/choosingabloghost/p/BlogSoftware.htm comparison of blogging software].
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You can also write blog posts on the iPad with a number of different applications. Here is a list of tools: [http://thenextweb.com/apple/2010/04/02/top-5-ipad-applications-bloggers/ 7 Amazing Apps To Get You Blogging On The iPad Right Away].
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==Learning resources information==
 
==Learning resources information==
  
 
===Reading List===
 
===Reading List===
Here are a number of articles and books worth reading on the use of clickers.
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Here are a number of articles and books worth reading on the use of Google+.
 
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* [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470288930?ie=UTF8&tag=teachwithclas-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0470288930 Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments]
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===Key Web links===
 
===Key Web links===
 
====Guides and Beginner Instructions====
 
====Guides and Beginner Instructions====
Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand blogs and their capabilities.
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Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand Google+ and its capabilities.
  
* [http://theedublogger.com/2010/12/14/the-edubloggers-introduction-to-blogging/ The Edublogger’s Introduction to Blogging]
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* [http://www.chrisbrogan.com/startgoogleplus/ Getting Started with Google Plus]
* [http://www.instantshift.com/2011/01/10/20-bad-habits-of-new-bloggers 20 Bad Habits of New Bloggers]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cUjZ_7rlAmKRDVB6GXId73h_eUdXGKdjtSff0svbaz0/preview Google+ A Collaborative Document]
* [http://blogwritingcourse.com/ BlogWritingCourse]
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* [http://www.blogtechnika.com/google-guide-all-you-need-to-know-about-google Google+ Guide: All You Need to Know about Google+]
* [http://www.inc.com/business-owner-social-media-tool-kit/index.html#blogging Social Media Toolkit - Blogging]
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* [http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_to_start_with_google_plus.php How To Use Google Plus]
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* [http://www.marketingprofessor.com/social-marketing/40-google-plus-tips-for-newbies/ 40 Google Plus Tips for Newbies]
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* [http://www.stateofsearch.com/how-to-use-google-a-quick-guide-and-thoughts-on-google-plus/ How to use Google + – a quick guide and thoughts on Google Plus]
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* [http://www.google.com/support/+/ Get Started with Google+]
  
====Blogging Ideas====
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====What is Google+ Resources====
Here are blog ideas in case you are stuck.
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Here an number of articles that try to provide more information about Google+
* [http://www.chrisbrogan.com/100-blog-topics-i-hope-you-write/ Here’s 100 Blog/Podcast Topics I Hope YOU Write]
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* [http://www.google.com/intl/en/+/learnmore/ The Google+ Project]
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* [http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2011/07/10/the-best-resources-for-learning-what-google-is-all-about/ The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About]
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* [http://www.slideshare.net/fttechfounder/what-g-really-about-pst-its-not-social What G+ really about (pst!!! it's not social)]
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* [http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/40785/what-is-google-android-iphone-apps What is Google+?]
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====Chrome Extensions====
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Here are a number of recommended Google Chrome extensions for extending Google+
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* [http://www.localseoguide.com/google-plus-shortcuts-tips/#chrome Google Chrome extensions]
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* [https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/oenpjldbckebacipkfbcoppmiflglnib Extended Share for Google Plus]
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* [http://blog.go2web20.net/2011/07/google-plus-playground.html Google-Plus Playground]
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* [http://www.dainbinder.com/2011/07/google-chrome-extensions.html Google+ Chrome Extensions]
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====Circles====
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Here are instructions and help documents for using the Google+ Circles feature.
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* [http://www.google.com/support/+/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1257347&rd=1 About circles]
  
 
====Education====
 
====Education====
Here are a number of great ideas for using blogs in a education environment.
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Here are a number of great ideas for using Google+ in a education environment.
  
* [http://www.edutechintegration.com/2010/12/10-tips-for-starting-education-blog.html 10 Tips for Starting an Education Blog]
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* [http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/professors-consider-classroom-uses-for-google-plus/32131 Professors Consider Classroom Uses for Google Plus]
* [http://www.onlineclasses.org/2010/12/08/100-seriously-cool-classroom-blogs-for-teaching-ideas-inspiration/ 100 Seriously Cool Classroom Blogs for Teaching Ideas & Inspiration]
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* [http://learningedtech.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/google-plus-and-education/ Google Plus and Education]
* [http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/making-student-blogs-pay-off-with-blog-audits/27559 Making Student Blogs Pay Off with Blog Audits]
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* [http://edcabellon.com/tech/googleplus/ Google Plus: The Evolved Online Network]
* [http://burcuakyol.com/2011/01/dos-and-donts-of-blogging-with-students/ DOs and DON'Ts of Blogging With Students]
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* [http://www.teacherthink.com/googleplus Welcome to my Google+ Classroom!]
* [http://www.edtechpost.ca/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/2008/10/matrix2.gif Some uses of blogs in education]
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* [http://campustechnology.com/articles/2007/05/instructional-strategies-for-blogging.aspx Instructional Strategies for Blogging]
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* [http://michelemartin.typepad.com/thebambooprojectblog//blogging4learning/ Blogging for Learning]
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* [http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/02/50-best-blogs-for-education-leaders/ 50 BEST BLOGS FOR EDUCATION LEADERS]
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* [http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2010/top-50-global-education-blogs/ Top 50 Global Education Blogs]
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* [http://www.mastersineducation.com/100-blogs-that-will-make-you-a-better-teacher/ 100 Blogs That Will Make You a Better Teacher]
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* [http://blog.efrontlearning.net/2010/11/most-updated-and-popular-e-learning.html The most updated and popular E-Learning Blogs]
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* [http://oedb.org/library/features/top-100-education-blogs Top 100 Education Blogs]
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====Miscellaneous Blog Tips====
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====Hangouts====
These are tips that did not neatly fit in other places.
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Here are instructions and help documents for using the Google+ Hangout feature.
* [http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/comment-etiquette/ Are you well-versed in comment etiquette?]
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* [http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2008/11/100-blogs-that-will-make-you-smarter/ 100 BLOGS THAT WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER]
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* [http://www.chrisbrogan.com/how-to-write-three-blog-posts-a-day/ HOW TO WRITE THREE BLOG POSTS A DAY]
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====Professional Development====
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* [http://www.google.com/support/+/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1257349&rd=1 About Hangouts]
Here are some articles to put purpose behind your blogging.
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* [http://www.thechangeblog.com/personal-development-tool/ 7 Reasons a Blog Is a Phenomenal Personal Development Tool]
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====Tips for a Successful Blog====
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====Integration====
Here are ideas for improving your blogging.
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Here are articles explaining how to integrate other social media applications with Google+.
* [http://www.edutechintegration.com/2010/01/5-tips-for-beginning-bloggers.html 5 Tips for Beginning Bloggers]
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* [http://www.problogger.net/archives/2010/12/21/five-ways-to-become-a-better-writer-and-take-your-blog-to-the-top/ Five Ways to Become a Better Writer and Take Your Blog to the Top]
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* [http://philipnowak.com/2010/12/20/how-to-captivate-your-blog-readers-through-the-perfect-image/ How to captivate your blog readers through the perfect image]
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* [http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/best-practices-for-writing-a-blog/ Mind map: Best practices for writing an effective blog]
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* [http://lunas994.blogspot.com/2011/01/five-steps-to-effective-blog-post.html Five Steps to an Effective Blog Post]
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* [http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2011/01/18/10-ways-to-write-better-blog-posts/ 10 Ways to Write Better Blog Posts]
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* [http://www.chrisbrogan.com/50-ways-to-take-your-blog-to-the-next-level/ 50 WAYS TO TAKE YOUR BLOG TO THE NEXT LEVEL]
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* [http://www.conversationagent.com/2008/11/why-start-a-blog-and-25-tips-to-make-it-work.html Why Start a Blog and 25 Tips to Make it Work]
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* [http://www.dragosroua.com/100-ways-to-improve-your-blog/ Blog Like A Pro With 100 Tips]
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* [http://epiclaunch.com/boost-your-blogging-skills 10 Quick Tips to Boost Your Blogging Skills]
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====WordPress Tips====
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* [http://www.buzzingup.com/2011/07/add-your-facebook-and-twitter-stream-to-google/ Add Your Facebook and Twitter Stream to Google+]
Here are tips specific to [http://www.wordpress.com WordPress].
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* [http://www.buzzingup.com/2011/07/how-to-see-gmail-calendar-notifications-on-new-google-bar/ How to See Gmail, Calendar Notifications on New Google+ Bar]
* [http://bloggerdesign.com/533/3-alternatives/ 3 Alternative Ways To Post To WordPress]
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoR0lirqRWE How to transfer your Facebook friends to Google+ all at once]
* [http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/make-your-wordpress-site-tablet-friendly/32144 Make Your WordPress Site Tablet-Friendly]
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* [http://wordpress.org/ WordPress for your own hosted site]
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===Video Tutorials===
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====Photos====
Here is a collection of videos that will help you understand and use blogs.
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Here are some articles to give guidance for handling photos in Google+.
  
* [http://trainingportal.turningtechnologies.com/ TurningPoint Tutorials]
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* [http://www.lockergnome.com/social/2011/07/07/how-to-move-your-photos-from-facebook-to-google How to Move Your Photos from Facebook to Google+]
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* [http://www.google.com/support/+/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1257351&rd=1 Upload and share photos]
  
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====Privacy====
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Here are instructions and help documents for  Google+ Privacy Settings.
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* [http://www.google.com/support/+/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1347964&rd=1 Privacy Guide]
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====Profile====
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Here are instructions and help documents for using the Google+ Profile feature.
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* [http://www.google.com/support/+/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1257354&rd=1 Getting started with your profile in Google+]
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====Sparks====
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Here are instructions and help documents for using the Google+ Sparks feature.
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* [http://www.google.com/support/+/bin/static.py?page=guide.cs&guide=1289752&answer=1289753 About Sparks]
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====Streams====
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Here are instructions and help documents for using the Google+ Stream feature.
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* [http://www.google.com/support/+/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1257360&rd=1 About the stream]
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====Tips and Shortcuts====
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Here collections of tips and shortcuts for using Google+ better.
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* [http://www.localseoguide.com/google-plus-shortcuts-tips/ Google Plus Tips & Shortcuts]
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* [http://mashable.com/2011/07/12/create-google-plus-desktop-app/ HOW TO: Make a Google+ Desktop App]
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* [http://www.buzzingup.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/GooglePlus-CheatSheet-1.jpg Google+ Cheat Sheet pt. 1]
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* [http://www.buzzingup.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/GooglePlus-CheatSheet-2.jpg Google+ Cheat Sheet pt. 2]
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* [http://www.buzzingup.com/2011/07/how-to-get-short-vanity-url-for-your-google-profile/ How to get Short / Vanity URL For Your Google+ Profile]
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* [http://igurutalks.com/google-plus/google-cheat-sheet-short-codes/ The Google Plus Cheat Sheet and Short Codes!]
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* [http://www.lockergnome.com/social/2011/07/11/how-to-send-a-direct-or-private-message-on-google How to Send a Direct or Private Message on Google+]
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===Video Tutorials===
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Here is a collection of videos that will help you understand and use Google+.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnv1Mbj1jKw The Google+ project: Explore Settings]
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* [https://www.youtube.com/user/Google#p/c/F3DFB800F05F551A/7/ocPeAdpe_A8 The Google+ project: Explore Circles]
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* [https://www.youtube.com/user/Google#p/c/F3DFB800F05F551A/8/0DoAl4JXhQo The Google+ project: Explore Sparks]
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* [https://www.youtube.com/user/Google#p/c/F3DFB800F05F551A/9/QN38vHZjWXw The Google+ project: Explore Hangouts]
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* [https://www.youtube.com/user/Google#p/c/F3DFB800F05F551A/10/N8gvHaX1cwY The Google+ project: Explore Mobile]
  
 
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==References==
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Latest revision as of 18:05, 27 June 2012

Google+

Release status: new

Description Google+ is a social network similar to Facebook; however, it selectively uses groups or "Circles" to restrict where messages are visible.
Author(s) Stan Skrabut (skrabutTalk)
Email Stan Skrabut
Location Room 120
University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture
Phone 307-766-3722
Last Updated 15 July, 2011


Contents

[edit] Description

Google+ is a social network similar to Facebook; however, it selectively uses groups or "Circles" to restrict where messages are visible.

Google+ has a number of features which are similar yet different to other products. The first is Circles. Circles allow you to organize the individuals you follow into similar groups such as research colleagues, organization members, class participants, etc. With circles you can share conversations with one or more groups.

Google+ uses the Stream to display all of the conversations you are following. You have the ability to filter the Stream to a specific Circle.

Hangouts are used for impromptu or even scheduled meetings, the meetings use a webcam. There is a maximum participation limit of 10.

Huddle is a group chat. However, a Huddle can only occur through the mobile device.

Google+ photos are associated with the Picasa Web service.

[edit] Essential Requirements

Google+ will operate on both a Mac or PC, as well as a mobile devices.

[edit] Equipment

The only equipment needed is a computer, smart phone, or iPod with a Web browser.

[edit] Software

Access to Google+ is accomplished through a Web-browser. These are the most common browsers:

Google+ is accessed by going to https://plus.google.com/ although you may require and invitation to begin. If you need an invitation, find a Google+ user; they are usually willing to send out invites.

[edit] Learning resources information

[edit] Reading List

Here are a number of articles and books worth reading on the use of Google+.

[edit] Key Web links

[edit] Guides and Beginner Instructions

Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand Google+ and its capabilities.

[edit] What is Google+ Resources

Here an number of articles that try to provide more information about Google+

[edit] Chrome Extensions

Here are a number of recommended Google Chrome extensions for extending Google+

[edit] Circles

Here are instructions and help documents for using the Google+ Circles feature.

[edit] Education

Here are a number of great ideas for using Google+ in a education environment.

[edit] Hangouts

Here are instructions and help documents for using the Google+ Hangout feature.

[edit] Integration

Here are articles explaining how to integrate other social media applications with Google+.

[edit] Photos

Here are some articles to give guidance for handling photos in Google+.

[edit] Privacy

Here are instructions and help documents for Google+ Privacy Settings.

[edit] Profile

Here are instructions and help documents for using the Google+ Profile feature.

[edit] Sparks

Here are instructions and help documents for using the Google+ Sparks feature.

[edit] Streams

Here are instructions and help documents for using the Google+ Stream feature.

[edit] Tips and Shortcuts

Here collections of tips and shortcuts for using Google+ better.

[edit] Video Tutorials

Here is a collection of videos that will help you understand and use Google+.

[edit] References