Google Plus First Look: a tip-packed, comprehensive look at Google+

Google Plus First Look: a tip-packed, comprehensive look at Google+
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  • Written in plain but entertaining English by the author of over 100 books and a few zillion Internet posts
  • Leads you gently through understanding how Plus works and shows you tons of examples of how to make it work for you
  • Helps you not only master Plus but also develop strategies to do whatever you desire to accomplish on this great new social media network

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 208 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2011
ISBN : 1849685347
ISBN 13 : 9781849685344
Author(s) : Ralph Roberts
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Google, Other, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Joining Plus and What to Do First
Chapter 2: Sorting Everyone into Circles
Chapter 3: Hanging Out
Chapter 4: Streaming
Chapter 5: Sharing Media
Chapter 6: Mobile and Games
Chapter 7: Promoting on Plus the Right Way
    • Chapter 2: Sorting Everyone into Circles
      • Tips on using Plus
        • How to post
        • Text emphasis
        • Editing and deleting
        • Other people's posts
        • Shortcuts
        • Sending a private message
        • Editing your posts
        • What's not to like about pluses?
      • The basics of Circles
        • Who's following whom?
        • Adding people to your Circles
        • Notifications
      • Creating new Circles
      • Circles for Friends, Acquaintances, and Family
      • Mastering circle maintenance
        • Sorting Circles
        • Adding people who've added you
        • Reordering Circles
        • Sorting members of a circle
        • Circle editing shortcuts
        • Private Circles
      • Following celebrities and others
      • What we learned
      • Chapter 3: Hanging Out
        • What Are Hangouts?
        • Selecting and setting up a webcam
        • Starting your own Hangout
        • Joining existing Hangouts
        • Hanging out from YouTube
        • What we learned
        • Chapter 4: Streaming
          • Changelog
          • How the Stream works
          • Controlling what we see
          • Posting and Targeting
            • Targeting
            • Posting your own stuff
            • Posting Other types of documents
            • Posting from the web
            • Archiving your posts
            • Posting from another website
          • What we learned
          • Chapter 5: Sharing Media
            • Preparing photos for Plus
            • Uploading and captioning Photos
              • Adding more than one photo to posts
              • Posting photos from your phone
            • Using the Photos section
            • Preparing videos for Plus
            • Uploading and captioning videos
              • Uploading directly to Plus
              • Sharing a YouTube video
              • Using automatically uploaded videos from your phone
            • What we learned
            • Chapter 6: Mobile and Games
              • Getting mobile access to Plus on phones or tablets
                • SMS only
              • Streaming
              • Photos
              • Circles
              • Messenger
              • Profile
              • Notifications
              • Settings
              • Games on Plus
              • What we learned
              • Chapter 7: Promoting on Plus the Right Way
                • Netiquette
                • Considerate marketing is effective marketing
                • Content is king
                • A marketing secret
                • Maximizing article views
                • Driving visitors to your website
                • Business and organization accounts
                • Starting circle groups
                • Google+ pages
                • What we learned
                • Conclusion
                • Appendix
                  • Third-party websites
                  • Extensions

                  Ralph Roberts

                  Ralph Roberts is a decorated Vietnam veteran and worked with NASA during the Apollo moon program. He built his first personal computer in 1976 and has been writing about them and on them since his first published article Down with Typewriters in 1978. He has written over 100 books along with thousands of articles and short stories. His bestsellers include the first U.S. book on computer viruses (which resulted in several appearances on national TV) and Classic Cooking with Coca-Cola®, a cookbook that has been in continuous print for the past 17 years and sold half a million copies. Ralph is also a video producer with over 100 DVD titles now for sale nationally on places such as He has also produced hundreds of hours of video for local TV in the Western North Carolina area and sold scripts to Hollywood producers. Previously for Packt, Ralph wrote Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting, Google App Inventor, and Google Plus First Look. Ralph and his wife Pat live on a farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina with two horses.
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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • The basics of Plus
                  • The easiest but most productive methods of coming up to speed on this fun-packed, powerful new kind of social network
                  • Getting everyone in circles
                  • Working with built-in video chat and related features
                  • Using Google+ on your mobile
                  • Promoting on Plus

                  In Detail

                  Start your social media experience afresh, having the most fun you possibly can sitting at a computer or holding your smart phone.

                  Whether restarting your social media participation from another network (doing it right and with a lot more control this time) or just jumping in for the first time, this book leads you triumphantly through Plus. Like Plus itself, the book is fun, exciting, and condenses everything you need for maximizing enjoyment in an easily readable format with tons of informative illustrations.

                  Google Plus First Look shows you how to join Plus and the kind of initial setup that guarantees a successful and fun-filled experience. The second chapter shows you Circles, Google’s innovative bit of genius that has taken social networking to a new level of control over our own interactions. We’ll see (and I do mean see) how Hangouts (video conferencing) works, and master Streams (where posts go). Sharing photos and video is the easiest you’ve ever seen, and you will see it in Chapter 5. Nor do you have to leave Plus at home, in Chapter 6 we take our social networking with us on our smartphones. Photos and videos upload automatically, ready for sharing. Finally, we learn how to promote things the right way, the polite way on Plus. This book serves as an indispensible reference to all that and more.


                  Through over 100 books, mostly computer-related, the author has mastered a fun but information packed style that gives you exactly what you want — up to speed on Plus with minimal effort and maximum results.

                  Who this book is for

                  Google+ or Plus (the terms are interchangeable) was written for everyone. This book mirrors that concept and is written for everyone — from us techheads (early adopters) to delightful old Aunt Mable and the rest of the Thursday Night Bridge Club. Because social networking exists for all people and we are all people — all of us are plusses on Plus.

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