For those of you who don’t know, I’m a bit of a fan of Google+! I’ve been a bit quiet over there of late, but that’s all about to change – because you’re going to join me! I hear it often, that people just don’t understand it or know how to use it. I’m in no way an expert, but I’m going to do my best to help break it down for you.
Getting started with Google+
You’ll need to head over to Google+ and sign in. If you don’t already have an existing Google account, you’ll need to register for one (this is a fairly straightforward process).
Once you’re in, you should be viewing your news feed. Posts from people and pages you follow, and communities that you’ve joined, will appear in your news feed much like they do on Facebook and Twitter. I’ll be discussing Circles (following people) in my next Google+ post.
The Google+ News Feed
To get to your profile, you’ll need to hover over the “Home” button that is displayed near the top left corner. A drop down menu will appear, and you will need to go down to the second option (Profile) and click it.
Once you’re in your profile, you can begin easily customizing the look and feel of your Google+ account. Before getting started with uploading and setting your content up, I suggest having your graphics already made and organised.
Recommended: 1080 x 608px
Maximum: 2120 x 1192px
Minimum: 480 x 270px
Recommended: 270 x 270px
Note: Most places your icon will be displayed as a circle, so make sure any important information (or your face) are all fairly central in the photo.
Once you’re ready to start uploading, hover your mouse over the default cover photo, and a button should appear down the bottom right saying Change Cover.
When you click on Change Cover, options for setting a new cover photo will pop up. By default, it will take you to their own stock cover photos. If you’re wanting to upload your own, you’ll see Upload along the top navigation. Click on that and it will take you to your options for uploading your desired cover photo.
Once the image is uploaded, it will ask you about cropping, but if you drag at the corners, you’ll be able to select your whole image to go up as your cover photo.
HOORAY!!! You now have a cover photo for the top of your profile page! Doesn’t it look shiny?! … No? Oh, right, that’s because you also need to update your display picture. Well, if you hover the mouse over the default display picture, it will display a camera icon. Click on that to upload your new display picture remembering that Google+ will mostly display it as a circle (as a note to bloggers: it is advisable to keep your display picture the same across all social media platforms, as it makes you more easily identifiable to your readership).
Editing your profile information on Google+
Along the navigation bar on your profile, you’ll need to click on About.
Once you’re on your About page, you’ll see a number of different boxes beneath your header and navigation, all for different information about yourself. At the bottom of each box, is an Edit link. Click on the Edit link in your Story* box to get started filling in your personal information.
*Just using Story for this example, you can click on any of the edit boxes to edit information as well.
Once you’ve clicked on Edit, a window will pop up for you to fill in your relevant information. In this case: your tagline, introduction, and bragging rights.
Once you’ve filled in your information, you can either scroll down and click save, or you can browse the rest of your options for editing your Google+ profile up near the top of the pop-up.
1. Circles 2. Story 3. Work 4. Education 5. Places 6. Basic Information 7. Contact Information 8. Links 9. Apps with Google+ Sign In
Explore through your options under those tabs, for both entering information and setting up some basic security on your profile. Tell people as much about yourself as you can so that others can find you (and know for sure that it really is you)!
Congratulations! You have now set up your Google+ account and profile! I’ll be back again soon with a post on how to set up Circles and some important reasons as to why you need to think carefully about how you set up your Circles!
I hope this has been helpful for you if you’ve been anxious about starting with Google+. Once you get started, it’s quite straightforward to figure out, but I will be sharing more of what I know about Google+ in a series of follow-up posts to this. If you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to leave me a question in the comments, or shoot me an email. Thank you for stopping by! ♥
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