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==Description==
 
==Description==
Blogs are Web-based pages for delivering news, opinions, and information. Blogs are written on an ever increasing number of subjects.  
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Google+ is a social network similar to Facebook; however, it selectively uses groups or "Circles" to restrict where messages are visible.
  
Entry to blogs are called posts and are similar to a syndicated news column. A blog typically focuses on one subject and is updated on a regular basis with the most recent post appearing at the top of the page. Depending on how the blog owner sets up the page, posts may appear in isolation or with other posts.  
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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.
  
There are many different blogging programs available each with their own features. You can maintain a blog on a public site or host it on your own server. If you host your own blog, you will have more control of features and functionality.  
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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.  
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'''Hangouts''' are used for impromptu or even scheduled meetings, the meetings use a webcam. There is a maximum participation limit of 10.
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'''Huddle''' is a group chat. However, a Huddle can only occur through the mobile device.
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Google+ photos are associated with the Picasa Web service.
  
 
==Essential Requirements==
 
==Essential Requirements==

Revision as of 12:04, 15 July 2011

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

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.

Essential Requirements

Blogs will operate on both a Mac or PC, as well as an iPad or mobile phone.

Equipment

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

Software

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

Common Blogging Applications

Here are common blogging Websites:

Here is a comparison of blogging software.

You can also write blog posts on the iPad with a number of different applications. Here is a list of tools: 7 Amazing Apps To Get You Blogging On The iPad Right Away.

Learning resources information

Reading List

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


Key Web links

Guides and Beginner Instructions

Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand blogs and their capabilities.

Blogging Ideas

Here are blog ideas in case you are stuck.

Education

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

Miscellaneous Blog Tips

These are tips that did not neatly fit in other places.

Professional Development

Here are some articles to put purpose behind your blogging.

Tips for a Successful Blog

Here are ideas for improving your blogging.

WordPress Tips

Here are tips specific to WordPress.

Video Tutorials

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


References