How to Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide

social media toolsBy now, you have all probably heard about the Google+ project, Google’s next attempt at making their network more social. Its goal is to make sharing online more like sharing in real life.

If you haven’t gotten your invite just yet, you can learn more about Google+ in the following quick-look video, and by visiting the Google+ project overview, searchable details and discussion pages.

You can also take a demo tour so you can get a feel for what to expect once you are able to join the project.

Limited Field Trial Invites

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you received an invite for Google+ during their limited field trial. While the invite messages ranged from a sneak preview of what will be inside to your friend is hanging out, the commonality is the brick-red Learn more about Google+ button.

Here is an example email invite to Google+.

Whenever you click on the button, you’re taken to the invite screen for Google+. If you have a Gmail address, all you have to do is update your public profile to begin.

Join Google+ when someone sends you an invite.

Two things to note when joining. During the limited field trial, there is the following disclosure:

“Things may not always work as intended. By using this product in Field Trial stage, you’re responsible for protecting yourself and your data from any risks, including data loss or disclosure. By signing up, you also agree that we may contact you to ask for feedback about the product.”

There is also a checkbox that says “Google may use my information to personalize content and ads on non-Google websites.” When you click on the question mark for more information, it takes you to the privacy notice about +1 on non-Google sites which lets you know that when you enable +1, you will be able to see recommendations by your friends in Google+ and they will see your recommendations based on the +1’s you have clicked. +1’s will show up on your Google public profile which you should fill out if you are planning to start interacting more on Google networks.

Once you’ve read the Google+ privacy policy, click on the Join button to get started!

Inside Google+

The first question you are greeted with is a popup on whether you want to link your Picasa Web Album (Google’s version of Flickr) to your Google+ account to share your photos and videos with others. If you have albums already, the privacy settings for them will remain the same. Since I do photography, I went ahead and connected mine. It’s also a bit confusing as your only other option is Don’t Join Google+.

The Welcome Screen

Next, you will be greeted by the Welcome screen.

Google+ greets you on your first visit with popular options.

Creating Your Profile

The first thing you will want to do is click on your name in the black bar across the top of the screen and view your profile.

Edit your Google+ profile so connections can learn more about you.

Here you will be able to edit your Google+ profile information, including adding a tagline, employment information, education and photo scrapbook. You can also set the privacy on each one of these to anyone on the web, extended circles (friends of friends), your circles or only you.

When you click on Continue to my profile, you will see your full profile which will pull your Google+ updates on the Posts tab.

View your complete Google+ profile and make edits where necessary.

Your About tab pulls information from your main Google profile; you can also edit that here by clicking on Edit Profile and then clicking on the section you want to edit. Under Photos and Videos, you will see anything you allowed to be imported from Picasa. Next are your +1’s and Buzz updates.

Adding Connections

Next, you will want to start adding people as connections. Click the Show all > link in the right sidebar under Suggestions to see the friends you have already on Google+. It may be limited during the trial, so don’t be surprised if you don’t have many.

Add friends from your Google connections and see who has added you to their circles.

From here, you can find people based on who you connect with on Google—people you have emailed in Gmail who also have Google accounts, people you follow on Google Buzz and so forth—using the Find and Invite tab. You can also see who has already added you to their connections by using the People who’ve added you tab.

Want to know about a particular person? Just click on their box and then the link to their profile where you can see (based on their privacy preferences) their latest updates, people they have added to their circles, people who have added them to circles, and people you have in common between your circles.

Creating Circles

Circles are the way to organize your connections on Google+. Learn more about them in this short intro video.

The default circles you have are Friends, Family, Acquaintances and Following. You can drag people into circles individually or by highlighting multiple people at a time and dragging them all into one circle. You can also create a new circle by dropping a friend onto the Drop here to create a new circle or simply hover over that circle to create a new one before you start dragging your connections over.

Create new circles for different connections.

When you add your first person who has already added you to a circle, you will get a popup notification that you can now share with them and see what they are sharing with you. They will be notified that you added them, but not see the name of the circle you added them to.

You will also be notified that they will appear on your public profile. If you don’t want that to happen, you can click on the Change link which will take you to your Google profile with a highlighted box where you can change the visibility settings to show people in all circles or just selected ones, select whether anyone on the web or just people in your circles can see that information and select whether to show people who have added you to their circles.

For the people who are not on Google+ yet, adding them to a circle means that you will be able to send them updates via email. I have added people not on Google+ to circles in the hopes that when they do join, they will already be organized where I want them. I’m not sure how I feel about sending them updates because those people haven’t signed up and might not really want to be opted into updates, but regardless it is there for those who feel that someone would be interested in the updates.

Your Settings

Before you go too far into Google+, you might want to tweak some of your settings. To do this, click on the Options symbol all the way to the right in the black bar across the top of the screen.

Manage your Google+ settings, including notifications, geolocation and tags.

Here you can set what notifications you receive. After that, there are two important settings you will want to note.

Photos and Geolocation Information—If you don’t want a location tagged to your photos, you will want to uncheck this one. I haven’t seen any location tags on a photo yet, but I once uploaded a photo to a Twitter photo sharing service that tagged the photos on map view, so if you took a photo of your house, you would be giving the world directions.

People Whose Tags Are Automatically Approved to Link to Your Profile—A network where not everyone can tag you! If you keep your connections organized well, only people you want to tag you can, as you can set this to particular circles, extended circles, all of your own circles or public.

Your Notifications

When there is new activity for you on Google+ (someone shares a post with you, adds you to their circle, etc.) then a red number will appear next to your name in the black bar across the top of the screen.

See your latest Google+ notifications.

You can click on these individual items to see more details about them or go directly to posts that have been shared with you.

Your Stream

Once you have set up your profile, added people to your circles, and adjusted your settings, you can go back to your main page by clicking on the Home icon to see a stream of updates from your connections.

Read the latest updates from your Google+ connections.

You can see updates from all of your connections, or click on the circle names in the left sidebar to see updates from just people in those circles.

Also, for each individual update, you can click on the down arrow to the right of the update to link to the post and share it on your profile, report it as abuse, mute the post or block the person who sent it.

How +1 Ties Into Google+

You’ve seen the implementation of Google +1 on blogs, websites and in search results. Here’s where it comes into play within Google+. Just like you can Like posts on Facebook, you can +1 posts!

Give a +1 to your favorite posts in your stream.

You can also see the count of how many +1s the updates receive and who has given it the +1.

Sending Updates

To send an update, you click on the box right below your stream. You will have the option to send photo-, video-, link- or location-based updates.

Send updates to the public, all of your circles or only specific circles.

You can then select who will see this update among your different circles, all of your circles, extended circles or anyone on the web.

There is also an option to email your updates to people you’ve added to circles if they are not a part of Google+ yet.

Forward updates via email.

Again, I’m not sure how I feel about opting-in someone who isn’t even a part of the network yet, but it’s there.

Chat With Friends

In your left sidebar, you have an option to connect with people in Chat. It’s similar to the same chat feature in your Gmail, also known as Google Talk.

Google Talk is now inside Google+.

The indicators will show you if someone is online and if they are available for a text chat (the green dot) or a video chat (the green video camera). When you click on their name, a little chat window will pop up at the bottom right side of your screen so you can start chatting.

Start a text, video, phone or group chat.

From here, you can click on the video icon, phone for Google Voice chat or the + person icon to add more people to start a group text chat. And if you want to start blocking someone, just click on the Actions dropdown for that option.

You can set your Google+ chat to only show you as online to particular circles, or you can set your overall status to Available, Busy, or Invisible to everyone signed into chat.

Video Chat With Friends Using Hangouts

Since I’m not quite comfortable with video yet, I haven’t gotten into this one. But you can connect with people via video by clicking on the Start a Hangout button in the right sidebar of your home page. You can learn more about this feature in this quick video.

You will need to have a webcam and install the Google Voice and Google Video plugins to use this feature.

Feeds From Sparks

Sparks is a feature within Google+ that allows you to get a feed from a variety of websites on any topics you choose.

Simply search for the things you are interested in to bring up a feed for that interest.

Check out the latest news in your industry with Google+ Sparks.

When you click the Add interest button at the top of a search, it will save it for you in your left-hand sidebar under your streams for easy access. It’s a great way to catch up on news on your favorite topics or within your industry. It also gives you some quick content to share with your circles!

Mobile Access

Last but not least, you can access Google+ on your mobile device. Currently the only app is for Android, with iPhone coming soon. But you can access google.com/+ in your browser on Android, iPhone, iPad and Blackberry with the specified OS systems.

Your Thoughts on Google+

What do you think? This article contains everything I know about Google+ thus far. Have you joined? What has been your experience so far? Do you think you will use this more or less than other social networking platforms? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/angela.hausman Angela Hausman

    Great advice. I’ve been hearing a lot about Google+ and this is great advice for using it.  I’m waiting for my invitation.  I’m excited.

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    I love Google+ so far. And @facebook-100001232589864:disqus , do you want the invitation? I can give it to you. Sharing is loving. Hehehe.

  • Hazel Jarrett

    A very useful complete guide… thank you. I’m still waiting for my Google +1 invite too!!

  • Rolando Guy

    coiuld you invite me please? :)

  • Greg

    I’m so eager to try this out. My gmail address is the.fat.idiot

    I’d really appreciate an invite! :)

  • deb1221

    Kristi,
    Very nice overview! Thanks for providing.–Debbie

  • http://blog.socialmediahq.com/ Nick Robinson

    A long awaited launch, and I think they have done it right this time. We just have to keep an eye on adoption rate. I read Jay Baer’s post this morning, and he is taking a bullish position as well.

  • http://www.ivantemelkov.com Ivan Temelkov

    I like Google+ so far.  Fortunately happened to be one of the “lucky” ones to get an invite.  This tutorial is extremely detailed – I love it!  Thanks for sharing it.

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    your email?

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    Sent!

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  • http://www.colemanmg.com Antonio Coleman

    Lets just be honest we ore selves..this is just another social site we don’t need if you ask me..Google just couldn’t sit back and let Facebook have all the fun..

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • http://twitter.com/MPBroadhurst Martin Broadhurst

    I’m waiting for more of my friends to get invites. I think it is a great platform and the sharing through circles is something that I wish Facebook had for some time now. I look forward to seeing the plus for business pages that are coming as well.

  • http://twitter.com/E_Lena Elena Kunsevich

    Kristi, very helpful and detailed review. Thank you very much!

  • Adam Weart

    I think the same problem that Google Buzz had will permeate through this social network, not enough of your friends will join to make it work. Facebook already owns the “friend” social network. People already have all their photos, videos, content, etc. on FB and won’t take the time to transfer everything… My 2 pennies.

  • Rebecca

    Re: Hangouts – This is the feature my friends and I have enjoyed using the most, because it lets a large group of us chat while we’re in many different parts of the country. I didn’t have to install Google Voice or Google Video, though, and I don’t remember installing them before I got Google+ on my computer, so maybe it’s possible to use Hangout without those? 

  • http://twitter.com/stefanjanssens Stefan Janssens

    hey if anyone still has a spare invite, can you send it to gmail address stefan.janssens.hk ?

    thanks :)

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    sent!

  • http://twitter.com/stefanjanssens Stefan Janssens

    thanks!

  • Guest

    Oh.my.God. I’d love to get an invitation… could you arrange this?? – I don’t know how I could return such a favor!

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    sure. your email?

  • http://www.slice-works.com Meredith Rabil

    This guide is a perfect step-by-step tutorial. Thank you so much for helping me better understand Google+!

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hey Angela – I have only been on Google+ for maybe 20 minutes so far.  It is interesting and very familiar if you are into Facebook.

    Mike
    https://plus.google.com/102989073624322904979/

  • http://marismith.com/ Mari Smith

    Good job, Kristi! Google+ does have lots of similarities to Facebook profiles; however it *functions* more like Twitter (or Facebook fan pages) where anyone can comment on any public content. 
    [Interesting that Mark Zuckerberg is the #1 most followed person on Google+ so far! http://socialstatistics.com/ And that Facebook just banned the Facebook friend importer Chrome extension!!]

    Also, I enjoyed this post by Robert Scoble about noise control (much needed!) and he links to Yishan Wong’s perspective on Google+ privacy: https://plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts/d4N3WnqUnZtFor now, my guess is that the G+ novelty (“new car smell” as Scoble calls it) will quickly wear off for many folks. Then, it’ll just be a matter of personal preference whether someone spends more time on Facebook vs. Twitter vs. LinkedIn vs. Google+ (vs. whatever). Each social network offers something unique and different… but they all take time to use. At the end of the day, IMHO, it’s all about building mutually beneficial relationships and that takes time regardless of the network du jour. ;)

  • http://dramatic-design.com Kim Smith

    I’d love an invite, if anyone has one!  kimsmith (at) gmail (dot) com  Thanks!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thanks for the great review of G+, Kristi!  It’s going to be interesting to see how things fall six months from now.  

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    sent.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    By the way folks, if you want to come up with a shortened URL for your Google+ profile, see http://gplus.to/

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    A point of clarity – even if one doesn’t yet have an invite to Google+you can still set up your Google Profile so that it is ready to go when you do obtain access.

    This can be done outside of Google+ by just searching for Google Profile.  Once one gains access to +, the Google Profile seamlessly morphs into a + Profile by becoming the “about” info on the + Profile.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

     Great comments Mari!  I had kept the window open to check out the new Chrome extension on my free time, thinking that I had way too many friends on my Facebook page to bring into my main Gmail account and needed time to create a new one for this.  And before I realized it, the new extension was banned!  LOL

    The question of privacy is very interesting. I network with people with such different points of view and reactions on privacy. We’re all so different!!!  And as you say, it’ll really come down to finding our favorite place to hang out.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/angela.hausman Angela Hausman

    Cool.  Please invite me.  I want one, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angela.hausman Angela Hausman

    YES, YES.  Thanks a bunch. hausman1229@gmail.com

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Agree with all you’ve mentioned Mari, but the really exciting thing about Google+ is (not yet available, but surely coming) the ability to search all of the social data that is being shared – to tap into the social recommendations of friends.  

    Given that, Google+ seems to offer the best of all worlds.  

    It’s going to be fun watching it unfold. 

  • Matthewkbrown

    I would also love an invite if anyone would be so kind…matthewkbrown is my email

  • LeoWid

    Wow, what a nice walkthrough Kristi! Haven’t played with lots of the features, but especially your description on building circles is very helpful, it is something I have yet to fully understand. 

  • Todd Abshire

    Looks like a good tool. Can somebody invite me already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/islambek.baymenov Islambek Baymenov

    Could anyone be so kind and send me an invitation, please. My e-mail is: islambek.n(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Sarahandreano

    can you send me an invite? I would really appreciate it.
    Sarahandreano@gmail.com
    Thank you!

  • Jacqueline

    Another eager early-adopter here looking for an invite: jacqgaul

  • Bryant Electric Service

    Is this useful for businesses yet? It seems more personal.

  • http://twitter.com/niravshahdotcom Nirav Shah

    Hello, great article.  I am very interested in using google’s latest creation.  Can you please invite me as well?  I greatly appreciate your kind gesture.  My email is nirav.shah@discoverveggie.com.  Best – Nirav

  • http://www.facebook.com/amhaley Alden Haley

    If anyone has an invite to give out, that’d be awesome! My gmail is aldenhaley

    Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/xavierbkk Xavier Bonjour

    Very good and great article

    Anybody have an invitation for me: xxxarte@gmail.com ?

    Cheers

  • Karsh Sahay

    Hey, if anyone could send me an invite, as well, my e-mail address is booliwooli(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks!

  • Sndi

    Just wondering if there are any real differences between Google+1 and Facebook, because from all the above it seems mostly the same no?

  • Karsh Sahay

    Me too! :D booliwooli(at)gmail(dot)comRio rules.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Solomon/648698358 Jeff Solomon

    Very informative article and great comments.  We all of course have
    limited time and the idea of learning yet another social media platform
    seems overwhelming for an old person like me.  (Let’s just say I’m over
    30).  That said, one cannot minimize Google’s impact in the online
    world.  This seems to have some very interesting features.

    The marketing strategy of being “invited” to try it give this some exclusivity and is frankly brilliant. I’ll take an invite if someone has one:  jeff(at)allamericanmarketing(dot)com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=745241322 Belkacem MIDOUN

    Hello Kristi    I just read your document about google +. A big thank to you.    Tell me Kristi , if I can translate this document into French. I want to put it into PDF. I ask permission …..

  • Terri Jenkins

    Joining the throng of anxious peeps waiting for an invite! W3PR.TerriJenkins@gmail.com

  • Vixvix01

    I’d like to have an invite too: vixvix01@gmail.com. Thanks

  • michbrinson

    I’d love an invite…. michellebrinson at gmail.

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    sent!

  • http://twitter.com/fangymnastics Fangymnastics

    Hey! If anyone still has an invitation for me, I will be very grateful. My gmail ID is “fangymnastics”.
    Thank you!

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    Ok. Sent!

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  • Jason Mulholland

    Wow – been reading more about this today on LinkedIn, and would love to dive in.  Thanks for the great article and all of the comments.  Sounds like it offers a lot of benefits.  I would graciously accept an invite should anyone have one available.  mulhollandjason @ gmail
    Thanks!

  • Sulieman Awad

    I need an invitation it’s important please send me one at sulieman.awad@gmail.com

  • http://twitter.com/HumamAlMukhtar Humam AlMukhtar

    Can someone please spear an invitation? Thank you so much. My google account is humamhmukhtar. Thanks again.

  • http://twitter.com/HumamAlMukhtar Humam AlMukhtar

    Can you please send an invitation to me? my google account is humamhmukhtar. Thank you so much in advance

  • Amy M Loftus

    This is the first I have heard of Google + but I’m intrigued. I would love an invite as well if anyone could spare one. Email: amy.m.loftus@gmail.com

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    sure.. email?

  • http://twitter.com/HumamAlMukhtar Humam AlMukhtar

    humamhmukhtar@gmail.com Thank you so much

  • Robert Rosales

    Okay, since we’re ll doing it. I’m starving for a Google + invite. robertolumalin   – Much appreciative! :) THANKS.
    @twitter-21637238:disqus 

  • Jessica Soulliere

    I’ve been invited by friends but Google is saying I don’t have a Gmail address, which is not true, when they try to invite me. I also heard that those of us who use Google Apps may not be able access G+. I only use Google Voice. Does anyone know if that disqualifies me!? Seems like a mommoth oversight if it does!

  • Jewelfry

    I would love an invitation! Oh please oh please!!!!!  jewelfry@gmail.com

  • Jewelfry

    I would really appreciate an invitation as well. jewelfry@gmail.com

  • Geoff Bianchini

    Rio, could you invite me as well? I’m dying to try Google+ out. gbgbpackers@yahoo.com.

  • J.M. Cox

    I’ve been laid off since March. In the meantime, I broke my leg. Badly. With all of this spare time in recovery, I decided to start my own sales agency. I would love an invite if anyone has one to spare- this would be very beneficial to me as I get the social media ball rolling. Good Karma coming your way.

    Anybody?

    Many thanks! My gmail is skijax

    It’s like trying to get tickets to a sold-out concert. I need a miracle!

    Cheers,

    J

  • Shani

    Dear Rio, Can you please send me an invitation? my email – shani@aprilbc.com
    Thanks!

  • Diptra

    Can you please send an invitation to me? my id is diptra@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance

  • http://loneplacebo.com/ Tony Hue

    I’m loving Google+ so far. I think Google has finally hit the nail pretty darn close with their latest attempt at producing a social product. 

    I recently wrote a post about Google+ tips for new beginners. Check it out here: http://loneplacebo.com/10-google-plus-tips-you-should-know-about/

  • http://twitter.com/richmac Rich McElaney

    Great work putting such a detailed overview together Kristi! I agree with Mari’s comment above in terms of the time investment – it boils down to where you feel most comfortable and which platform addresses your most important needs.

  • TravisG

    If anyone has an invite, I would so appreciate it! Email is travisgasper [at] gmail [dot] com THANK YOU!

  • http://www.facebook.com/faisal.webdeveloper Faisal Khan

    Can you please send an invitation to me? diptra@gmail.com

  • Miron Briley

    My email is mironbriley1@gmail:disqus .com  I would also like an invite please Rio.
    However I’m sure that my ability to accept the invitation is on hold by their system.

  • http://twitter.com/Mike_Meggiato Mike Meggiato

    Hi Rio your very generous and i wondered if you could invite me to google+ please.

    Thanks Mike

    mikeymeggiato(at)gmail.com

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks Mari.  It is interesting how anyone can come by and comment on public posts, but it’s almost like giving a fan page / Twitter the option to have posts that are private to certain groups of people and public which is kind of nice. It means people like me can have one account and share things with multiple interest groups with just the connections who are into the same things instead of having a Twitter for one interest and then another. :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I think that’s the plan with the +1 button is to eventually show you what you’re friends have recommended right in search results.  I’m sure they’ll tie this in with the Google+ network as well once they get all of the initial kinks worked out of the system.

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Let me know if you got an email Amy.  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Let me know if you get an email Nirav. :)

  • Jewelfry

    I would really appreciate and invitation! jewelfry@gmail.com

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Good luck with your startup J.M.!  

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I haven’t heard of anyone getting disqualified… I think there are some features that require you to have Google Voice.  Are the invites being sent to your Gmail address or to another one – the email they send it to has to be connected to your Google Account, regardless what it is.

  • Jewelfry

    Is there any chance of you sending me an invite? jewelfry@gmail.com

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    You’re welcome Jason!  

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Hi Belkacem.  I think you can just use Google Translate on this post if you want it to use personally, but as far as additional distribution, you would need to ask Social Media Examiner.  

  • http://www.thenerdynurse.com/ The Nerdy Nurse

    I like it!

    I really appreciate the control you are given when sharing updates to your wall. You can pick the circles you want to share it with that way you aren’t spamming your acquaintances or followers with pictures of your kid that they could give a crap less about.
    Gets 2 thumbs up from this nerd!

    Would also be willing to invite folks.

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I usually feel the same way when it comes to new social networks – I’m not a fan of taking the time to learn about it if it might not make it in the long run.  In this case, I received invites from people I trust  which makes it one I knew was worth devoting the time to getting to know.

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    The main things for me is that there are no applications (Farmville, Who’s Cuter, etc.), people can’t post things to my profile, and I’m forced to organize my contacts from the get-go which will make the network a lot easier.  Plus I can send up dates to people in particular circles instead of everyone, so people interested in just my photography don’t have to get everything else.  Those are the things I like so far.  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks Leo!  The circles are a bit confusing when you start, but once you’re used to them, they are a huge benefit in the way you read your updates and interact with others!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Good point Jeff!  If you’re signed into Google, you can just go to http://profiles.google.com/me to see yours and get started updating it!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Nice tip… thanks Mike!  

  • http://www.donnafontenot.com/ Donna D. Fontenot

    Happy to see you included a pic of my puppy here. :D

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Very interesting indeed!  Buzz didn’t hold my interest for that long, and Google+ had me hooked to the point I was checking out the Android app throughout my weekend vacation, so I thought that was a good sign to start with.  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    You’re welcome Meredith!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    It asked me to install those when I went to check that section out, so I figured it was a required thing.  Maybe you installed it previously or your computer came with it for some reason?

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I had that issue with Buzz, but a lot of people I know joined this one.  I think the difference is getting those emails that let you know someone is inviting you and adding you to their list of connections vs. just having to jump in and not knowing who’s already there. 

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    You’re welcome Elena!  

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Right now it’s personal, but I’ve read a few sources that said they are planning to have business pages in the future.  

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I’m kind of enjoying it as just a personal interaction platform… it will be interested to see how business pages come into play.

  • Thepetdepot

    I would also appreciate an invite thepetdepot @ gmail. Thanks!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I’m actually enjoying it so far… the lack of noise compared to Facebook and Twitter is one of the perks in my book!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks Ivan!  Glad you liked it.  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I’ll have to go check that post out… seems like people are adapting to it a lot better.  Maybe one of the issues with Buzz was that people could just connect it to their other social accounts and never actually be there whereas this network requires you to really update it directly on their platform vs. autofeed it from elsewhere.

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    You’re welcome Debbie!  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I’m sure you’ll get yours soon!  :)

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Yeah, it was cool when I got in and discovered I didn’t even have to complete another profile! 

  • http://ariherzog.com/blog/ Ari Herzog

    Great writeup, Kristi, so here are some additions for you and other readers:

    1. If you choose to view +1 notifications on other sites, then your search results will be skewed to what your friends like and what businesses think you should like and not what you necessarily want to see. I have it set to the OFF position.

    2. All users by default are emailed every notification. But you can turn these off and opt to view all notifications on the interface itself, as I have done and show in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AljtsdYHdKA

    3. The video hangout is reminiscent of CU-SeeMe. You are not required to have a webcam or mike attached, as there is also a textual area. There is also a limit of 10 users who can be connected at the same time. You see everyone’s feeds at the bottom, and as each video screen has action or sound the main window changes focus. Some random people including me had fun a few nights ago wearing different hats, see https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-4R0g23aGVCs/Tg-DZFgxqAI/AAAAAAAAAKw/3b5igB2dlVk/s800/photo.jpg (I’m third from the left) to get an idea what the appearance looks like.

    4. Android phones include two mobile-only apps (they may also be available for other phones, such as iPhone which is apparently in the works): Instant Upload and Huddle. The first will automatically upload any picture you take on your phone to a private area, and you can later manually share those pictures if you want. The second is a group messaging utility, so you can send a message to all of your circles or specific circles or friends and have a group mobile chat.

    5. I’d also suggest to not follow the same people on G+ as you follow elsewhere online. As Penelope Trunk once wrote at http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2008/06/04/twitter-social-media-and-unmashing-the-mashable/ just because you can have the same voice everywhere doesn’t mean you should.

    Hope this helps.

    Ari

  • http://www.parfumio.ro Parfumio

    Hey everyone and Kristi, thanks a lot for the great “sneak peek”. 
    It looks a lot like Facebook (ofcourse with some (semi)innovations like Hangouts) but I would definitely like to try it.
    For those who are well established on FB (with hundreds of friends, photos, etc… and with strong facebook pages) it will be difficult/impossible to move to G+. 
    But anyway, lots and lots of people will be curious to try it, I’m sure, and maybe it will get momentum and grow unexpectedly!

    So, if anyone would like to send an invite Romania’s way, I would very much appreciate it!
    My email: laurentiu.prodan at gmail

    Thanks

  • Amy

    If anyone is still willing to give out an invite, I would love one as well! ajbaumcratz@gmail.com
    @gmai:disqus Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cartoonera Albert Anderson

    I would love and be grateful for an invite if anyone could help. cartoonera@(gmail.com)

  • http://SocialMediaFuehrerschein.de/ Agnieszka Krzeminska

    wow, if possible, me too pls: route at barabara.fm – thank you very much :o)

  • keastone

    Anyone sending out invites? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/milenelaube Milene Laube Dutra

    Cheers from Brazil! I would loooove to try it! Can someone invite me? Please? milene.dutra@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!

  • Toocutestore

    I would love an invite to join please! toocutestore@gmail.com

  • http://creationsocialmedia.com Graham Innes

    Seems great -by those who are getting early use  – willing to pioneer and share experience here in Scotland. creationsocialmedia@gmail.com – Thank you :)

  • Jessica Soulliere

    I believe they are! I will ask them to double-check the spelling. 

  • http://twitter.com/jasonfifield Jason Fifield

    Great Article! I would love an invite if anyone has one they can send to jfifield20@gmail.com

  • Strattpack

    What a great getting started guide.  Can’t wait to get an invite to check it all out.  If anyone can send an invite I am strattpack@gmail.com

    Thanks

  • Rickismarketing

    It sounds like this will be great because of the control you will have with people you have in your circles to share things with, that will appreciate it the most!
    Sure would like an invite my email is rickismarketing@gmail.com Thank You 

  • http://www.SmitCoWebMarketing.com Francina

    Hi Kristi. Thanks so much for a great, great post with very detailed information I’m sure thousands would like to get their hands on! It looks like you opened up a can of worms here – so can I please get an invite as well? inasmit09@gmail.com. Thanks in advance

  • Nick Barone

    Would someone be so kind to invite me? gmail is   x.nickbarone 

  • Nyancross

    This looks like some really great information, great for anyone starting out. If someone could send me an invite that would be much appreciated! My email is nyancross@gmail.com

  • Marta

    Agree!! I really want to see how google lets business play into their platform! :) Really interesting article. Thank you! Could you send me an invitation too? Thanks! my email: mplazahernandez@gmail.com

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  • Sara Leu

    Does Google+ allow you to register now if you get an invite?

  • Roger
  • http://peaksmedia.com PeaksMedia

    would love an invite peaksmedia@gmail.com

  • http://peaksmedia.com PeaksMedia

    Still trying to get an invite :( peaksmedia@gmail.com

  • Mattic505

    Great article Kristi! If you find any extra invites please send to mattic505 (at) gmail.com

  • Cor Rietman

    Can someone invite me: cor.rietman(at)gmail.com ? Thanx.

  • Weez

    I am so curious, the suspense is killing me.  Please, if there is still a way to get an invite?  I’m wesselsvv (at) gmail.com.

  • Guest

    would like an invite please sureewoong@gmail.com

  • Hayleyscomets

    Would really appreciate an invite….thanks :)

    hayleyscomets@gmail.com

  • Christopher Stokes

    At risk of being last in a very long list, I should also like to be invited.  Would you do the honours?  Thank you.

  • Christopher Stokes

    Hi Rio.  Yes please.  I’d love an invitation too.  If you’ve got any spare.  Cheers.  cas.stokes@gmail.com Thanks so much.  Christopher

  • alarmtrading

    Great Article!  If you find any extra invites please send to alarmtrading(at)gmail.com

  • Dallah Reese

    Rio, Can you send me an invite too??? Pretty please…:)
    dallahreese@gmail.com

  • Dallah Reese

    Kristi,
    How does Google+, or does Google+ have networking for businesses like fan pages in Facebook?

  • Dallah Reese

    Opps, just asked you about this, I guess I should have read further.

  • Dallah Reese

    Kristi,
    Would love to get an invite, can you send me one?
    dallahreese@gmail.com

  • Christopher Stokes

    Hi Kristi.  Thanks for your article which is by far and away the most detailed I have seen.  Very explanatory.  Can’t wait to get an invitation… I wonder if you have a spare one, would you be kind enough to send it to me at christopher@gmail.com  Many thanks in advance.

  • Christopher Stokes

    Fantastic.  I’d love to be included on your invitation list.  Any chance?  Many thanks.  cas.stokes@gmail.com.  Cheers, Christopher

  • Tom Kadlec Honda

    I would love an invitation from someone!!  I am so curious and ready to get rolling on Google +. Your page looks interesting Michael for only being on it for 20 minutes.

  • Neil Arnott

    Execellent content in this article, I already use +1 and am looking forward to being able to use this social networking platform at the earliest opportunity, as I would like to see how I can integrate it with my web content. Thanks again for your informative article…I have tweeted it to all my followers as it is so good.

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks for sharing your post Tony!  Google did do a good thing with this entry to the social media arena.

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  • Ztwblizzard

    I would like to get an invitation plz =)

    ztwblizzard(at)gmail.com

  • Guest

    Rio, Can you please invite me too? my email id is ashpadhye@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.

  • Leslie Williams

    Wonderful article. It gave me a great idea of what to expect. Love the circle concept – very needed.  If anyone has an invite, I’d love one.  Thanks very much.  barclay109@yahoo.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/dinalima1 Dina Lima

    I would also appreciate the invite! Thank you for great info! dina@socialexecs.com

  • http://www.gerrydir.wordpress.com Gerry

    Excellent information, clear and concise. All we need now are some invites!
    Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=677924887 Elizabeth Moe

    Can’t wait to try it.  If anyone has invitations would greatly appreciate an invite.

  • http://twitter.com/lyndellnm Lyndell Murray

    Great overview Kristi!
    I’d love an invite – lyndellnm@gmail.com

  • Anrey Egorov

    if you can invite me))) magmateamru@gmail.com

  • Ana Rodriguez

    Hi, Rio.

    If you have any other invitation left, I would appreciate to have one. Many thanks in advance from the sunny Barcelona!! am.rodrigueznovoa@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/apex.pacific Apex Pacific

    Google haven’t had the greatest track record with social media (remember the privacy nightmare of Google Buzz anyone?), but I think they’ve finally created a great platform with Google +. I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ll integrate their other properties such as Picasa and YouTube and the further integration of Android.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=745241322 Belkacem MIDOUN

    Yes Kristi.
    I will try .

  • Maddogmat

    I too am looking forward to this Kristy and would use a invite if you can. Have a friend currently with your very name! https://profiles.google.com/maddogmat72 with email maddogmat72@gmail.com

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks Rich!  I think the time investment in Google+ is worth it for me as I have lots of connections already there and interacting.  Others will probably feel the same if their network starts to migrate.

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I love the ability to share things with one group of people over another.  Glad you liked it!  

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Who can resist a puppy!  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks for the video of the notifications. I didn’t find that at first, but as soon as I did, I had to include the screenshot in the post because the emails will start to drive you bananas.

    I actually think that following some people on G+ might be better than following them elsewhere.  G+ so far is one of the few networks you can’t automate, so if you want to skip someone’s Facebook filled with tweets or Twitter stream filled with auto posts, then G+ is the way to go!

    Thanks for sharing your insights Ari!  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    It’s only difficult if you are trying to move all of your Facebook following over there.  I think it could be a nice fresh start for those who have over-cluttered their Facebook and want a clean slate. That’s how I’m treating mine at least.

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks Jason!  I’m all out, but hopefully others will see the request!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    You’re welcome Francina, and good luck with the invites – I think I’m fresh out!  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    It should Sara, although I’ve heard people saying they sometimes can’t get in.  It might be a bit glitchy.

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks Neil!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks Leslie.  Yes, the circles are a great thing!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    They’ve been working on it.  I don’t think any social network is great on privacy though, especially if you start reading the fine print of what networks think they have the rights to.

  • JT

    If anyone has a spare invitation, please do send one through – lyfeflyer@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1172891790 Maureen Denny

    LOL – Good point about Farmville! G+ seems to be somewhere between FB and LI in some ways. Getting organized with contacts at the start is really nice too.

  • Lisa R deGuzman

    A big thank you to all for the information, the sharing, and the willingness to share. A special thank you to Kristi for shining some light on the potential of Google+. “Cool” just doesn’t do it justice.

  • charu

    can i get invitation on manzzusharma@gmail:disqus .com

  • http://www.online-business-virtual-assistant.com/ Shilpi Roy – Virtual Assistant

    Great share Kristi and still looking for some invite so that i can get started.
     If +1 works, it will not only improve search
    quality, but also make ads more engaging. This may potentially improve
    Google’s ads, and eventually may turn into a core social product that can
    expand in new directions.We have to wait and watch!!!!!!!!!!

     

     

  • http://www.cherryrahtu.com/ Cherry Rahtu

    mine is cherryrahtu@gmail.com , appreciate your invitation :)

  • http://twitter.com/joeaidhiq Joe Aidhiq®
  • Deepak

    Hi Rio, pls send an invite to deepak@dsugandhi.com. Thanks.

  • D Rotterman

    Great outline of Google + .  I would appreciate an invite by anyone  drotterman2010@gmail.com

  • Michelle Baltazar

    Eherm, came across this thread on my google plus search. any chance of an invite? ours is financialstandardnewspaper@gmail.com. Thanks!

  • Alana

    awesome article – very insightful. Thank you! Please send me an invite – stompie1810@gmail.com (need to give it a testdrive)

  • Jerard Glennon

    please an invite :)     jerardglennon@gmail.com   many thanks

  • Lizlmartini

    Please someone send a girl an invite lizlmartini@gmail.com

  • http://www.sevenbranding.com/blog/ Tamal Anwar

    Kristi, your post is superb! very detailed! I’m proud to have a friend like you.

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    email?

  • Jerard Glennon

    Share the love :)   an invite this way please>>   jerardglennon@gmail.com   kind regards  Excellent article!!

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    email?

  • http://www.aaroneden.com/ Aaron Eden

    Thanks for the great advice, Kristi. I can’t wait to try it myself. It’s been a week since it was introduced, but still everyone is clueless when it will be online and open for all. I need some breath of fresh social media air, LOL.

    Well, I keep my fingers crossed that Google will allow everyone to sign up for an account the soonest possible! Come on Google, everyone is craving for an invite!

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    email?

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    email?

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    email?

  • omarconte

    Rio, do you have one for me as well? thanks. omar.conte[at]gmail.com

  • Mike-in-Paris

    If any of you guys have an invite I would be thrilled and extremely thankful! douglas.fabian@gmail.com
    thanks a million 

  • Mitchel

    I want an invite!
    mleedvermaak( )gmailcom

  • Kejriwal Suresh

    please send me an invitation kejriwal.suresh@gmail.com  thks 

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  • Jami

    Excellent overview. I would greatly appreciate an invite jamina.jahnel@gmail.com TXL

  • Danilo Antezana

    Hi Rio. If you have any invitations left I would love to have one as well. my email is danilo.antezana@gmail.com. Thanks!!

  • Nadeeka

    super article…!!!
    could u please tell me how can I invite my friends to G+?
    thanks..

  • Sara Leu

    Would someone mind inviting me? sara.e.leu@gmail:disqus.com
    The “backdoor” my friend found hasn’t worked for me yet.

  • Wagdaddy2

    Can you please send an invitation to me? wagdaddy2@gmail.com. Thank you so much

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    It will definitely be interesting to see how +1 and Google+ pan out in a few months with search!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks Tamal!  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I think they want to work out the little bugs before letting everyone in on it.  They’re not significant bugs, but enough to irritate the masses.  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    If you’re already on, you can add friends that aren’t on yet to a circle and send them a post via email – that usually does the trick!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=815205088 Navinderan Kesiven

    Superb post.Thank u Kristi.

    I greatly appreciate if someone invite me : navinderan@@gmail:disqus mail.com

  • Ralph

    Yep, I’m waiting as patiently as I can.

  • Kate

    Nice, detailed article, but for Google, it looks like a case of “Too much, too late.”

  • Sara Leu

    Sara.e.leu@gmail.com 
    Not sure why it changed before.

  • Mary Shepherd

    Oooo – can I have an invite please?  mary.shepherd@vcentral.co.uk.  Thanks!

  • http://www.marcmooney.com Mark Mooney

    Great overview Kristi.. this is one party I would like to have an invite to. Thanks for the info.. sounds good so far..

  • Adampsamborski

    Please invite me! Adampsamborski@gmail.com… Thanks Rio!!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Thanks Mark!  Yes, it’s so far, so good!  :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I don’t think it’s ever too late for someone to try to improve upon systems that others are unhappy with because, let’s face it, there’s plenty of people who will like the chance to start their networks over again on a less noisy platform. 

  • Seaside Vacations

    Any more invites out there? Haven’t been able to track one down yet. SeasideVacationsOBX@gmail.com.

  • Lstansbury1

    If anyone has an invitation available — please do send to lstansbury1@gmail.com.  Thanks so muc!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johan-Van-Der-Meer/100001715376661 Johan Van Der Meer

    I would also appreciate an invite please and thank you. Let’s see what this is all about. jmvdmyo@gmail.com

  • Mhn125

    Yes, please invite me, as well: mhn125@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/elias.shams Elias Shams

    This is awesome!!! The more social networking sites like
    Google+ and the new myspace popping up, the better for my new gig, awesomize.me
     Social media is here to stay for
    good. Given vast variety of the existing channels to choose and stick with,
    it’s time for such a hot space to enter into a new category.
    Here is my 2cents on this whole internet -> search
    Engine -> Social media things and my rational on why there is a need for a
    portal to provide a quick and intelligent decision for both the consumer and
    the companies about their online connections. A Platform to Help us to
    Distinguish Our Quality vs. Quantity Friends, Fans, Followers, and Companies:- Early 90s:  WWW
    was born…

    – By mid 90′s: 
    millions of sites popped up on the Web…

    – Mid – late 90s: Yahoo & Google were born to help us
    to find the right information of the right pages on the Web…

    – Early 2000: 
    Social media was born…

    – Late 2000: 
    Millions of pages created by people, companies, and organizations on all
    these social media channels.

    – 2011: Deja vu all over again… we are back to early
    90’s…That is why I built awesomize.me to accomplish such a
    mission – the portal to all your existing social media channels. EliasCEO & Founderhttp://awesomize.me

  • http://twitter.com/jorgefsj Jorge Jardim

    I’d like to have an invite too: jorge@conteudodinamico.com.br. Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/water_phoenix3 Urosh Sredojevich

    Please invite me. My
    email is ethical.vegan2@gmail.com  Thanks

  • Manish Parmar26

    Hi,
    I want invitation. Please send me: manish.parmar26@gmail.com

  • http://www.manish-parmar.co.nr Manish Parmar

    Nice article. It’s gives me complete guidance about Google+. Thanks Kristi.

  • Douladirect

    I already have a friend on there who loves it!  It would be great to try out haha being a social media director but I’ll wait if I have to but kindly ask that if someone wants to invite me at…prettyandtwisted@gmail.com and I have invites to share I will come back and give them in kind.  But I will wait, but great article!

  • Douladirect

    I also have to say that I blog on another gmail account and was an early adopter of using the +1 system and because of that I have been greatly rewarded in search engine rankings. With No back linking and all. If anybody has a blog that they would like to promote or a business, before this becomes “mainstream” I would get anybody including your dog to pull up the site in google and +1 it.. it’s like halloween from google. No joke.

  • http://www.facebook.com/prunderground Alex V Miranda

    Curious if it is just me or is it not allowing to add a custom URL. I went to Google profile and the vanity URL check box is gone…hmnnnn

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  • http://www.aaroneden.com/ Aaron Eden

    Now I understand, Kristi.  I’m reading your replies on some of the comments here and it seems that you are having a great, great time on G+ huh?

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I am… very clutter free network thus far.  Also is making me look at how I organize my other networks, ie. Facebook Friend Lists, Twitter Lists, etc.

  • http://www.aaroneden.com/ Aaron Eden

    Ohh, that made me more eager to try it. I hope to get the invite from G+ soon…

  • sam

    please invite me. samchoo@gmail.com

  • matt

    hi!! could you please invite me too?? My email is matt4ever [AT] libero.it

    MANY THANKS!!

  • http://twitter.com/DavidBHull David Hull

    Please send me an invite as well.  houstontxsocialmedia@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Miguel-Moreno-Reyes/1325072248 Miguel Moreno Reyes

    please someone send me an invite , i really want to try google+

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Miguel-Moreno-Reyes/1325072248 Miguel Moreno Reyes
  • Mbondy

    Rio, if you would be so kind: mbondy at interprisesoftware .com.

    Thanks!
    -Matt

  • http://twitter.com/TerrenceWing Terrence Wing

    Hi Rio. Not sure if you have any invites left but I would be honored if you could send me one. My email is wppceo@gmail.com. I do understand if you have a limited number.

  • http://twitter.com/TerrenceWing Terrence Wing

    Great intro. Can’t wait to take it out for a drive myself. Thanks for writing

  • Naomi Balagot

    Does anyone have an extra Google + invite? As a Social Media Analyst, I would more than love to explore this new social networking site, and it would be greatly appreciated if I can get the opportunity to do so. Thank you!

    -Naomi

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  • http://wildhairmedia.com Mikey Ames

    Great post!  Very informative.  Thanks for taking the time to write such an in depth article.

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  • Kim

    Anyone so kind to send me an invite? Thanks a bunch!

    kontakt@lazerto.dk

  • Tops

    I’d love an invite please. Thanks!

  • http://jd-blue.myopenid.com/ jd ferrari

    can I be a part of google circle ??

    pls send me invitation on : gj11.8404(at)gmail.com

    thanks in advance..

  • Tom Kadlec Honda
  • Websurf2011

    Please add
    websurf2011@gmail.com
    to the invitation list for google+.. And thank you SO much.

  • http://twitter.com/CAAdvertising C.A Advert Solutions

    I’ve been using Google+ for about three hours. So far, so good. My favorite part is the integration with a search engine and email/public profile already in use. It feels much more broad. As far as ease of use, there are definitely kinks but it is, for the most part, very intuitive and logical.
    I have two invites I can spare, if they would help anyone. Just reply to this post with your email.
    Thanks for another great article!

    Lacey, Social Media Manager for C.A Advertising Solutions

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  • Madhu Hr1989

    I am eager to use google+. Could you please send an invite to madhu.hr1989@@gmail:disqus.com?

    Thanks in advance..

  • http://twitter.com/NickLiles Nick Liles

    LilesInc @ gmail.com please!

  • http://twitter.com/NickLiles Nick Liles

    Good insight, can’t wait to try it myself.

  • David Sechrest

    So glad to see such interest in Google+! The only way I see to make it work is to invite as many as you can. Otherwise, you’re there all by yourself. That’s no fun. Having said that, I just got on today. So, anyone that would like to add me to their Circle, my email is ncndn1969@gmail.com

  • Saraunver

    Can someone please tell how to post something on the profile of people in your circles?

  • http://www.ranashahbaz.com/ Rana Shahbaz

    Great post, can anyone send me an invite please on rashahbaz@gmail.com 

  • http://www.ranashahbaz.com/ Rana Shahbaz

    Hi Rio,
    I can see you are doing a great job here. Can you please invite me too rashahbaz@gmail.com thanks. 

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    email?

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    email?

  • Mbondy

    Thanks Rio, much appreciated.

  • Koston Scully
  • Taylor Scully

    hey if you had the time could you send me an invite?

    it would be oh so greatly appreciatedi know you’re getting bothered quite a lot    Koston.Scully@Gmail.com

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  • http://www.socialxplosion.com/blog/ SocialXplosion

    Wow! Is this the record for most responses? Very detailed, this will be a great guide for all when they open up the flood gates.  If there are any invites out there please send to justinjustinmac@gmail.com

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  • Vicki Kunkel

    I am SO addicted to Google+.  The “Hangout” feature is especially helpful in my biz.

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  • Todd

    I’m starting a small nonprofit biz to help benefit veterans and I would like to get on +. I would be grateful if someone could send me an invite. email is abshire.todd@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for any help.

  • http://twitter.com/SlumberSteph Stephanie Cochran

    Been reading alot about Google+ & am very excited about it! If someone would care to send me an invite to slumberpartiesbystephaniec@gmail.com. I’d really appreciate it!

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  • Hassan Khamis

    Invite me please hassan.mussa@gmail.com

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    Done! Enjoy :)

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  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    Done! Enjoy :)

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    Done! Enjoy :)

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    Done! Enjoy :)

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    400+ invites for Google+ remain at my disposal if someone is interested ;) shout to @agsti in Twitter or Agnis Stibe in Facebook

  • Guillaume

    Stupid question, sorry about that but why do we need to get invite for having an access to Google+?

    Thanks,
    Gui

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    G+ says that in the beginning they open up their service in test mode, consequently they would like to control the flow of subscribers to ensure to stability of services during the first phase.. I guess :)

  • Rauno

    invite me please. raunooo@gmail.com

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  • A.A.A.

    Could you invite smarta.94.fish {at} gmail? Thanks

  • Drrapacchietta

    Hey Agnis could you invite me please drrapacchietta@gmail.com that would be awesome thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    Done! Enjoy :)

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    Done! Enjoy :)

    I still have Google+ invites, like the majority or all of people that are already in it :)

  • Zaldi Nocon

    Hi Mr Agnis. Thank you for your generosity. Can you spare one for me: zaldinocon@gmail.com Thank you so much.

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    No problemos, it’s done! Enjoy :)

  • Zaldi Nocon

    I got it! Thanks again :-)

  • Michael Piu

    I don’t suppose you could allow for one more “me too” for an invite?! mjplaw@me.com

  • Michael Piu

    Sorry, messed that up, email is mjpfre73@gmail.com for invite if you could manage it :)

  • Michael Piu

    Thanks Rio!!!

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  • Kar Chun

    Please give me an invitation for Google+.

    Many thanks!

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    email?

  • Kar Chun

    Hi Rio
    Sorry – my email is karchunc@gmail.com – and many thanks!

  • Kar Chun

    Thanks Rio – that was quick!

  • ArinaArdashiyan

    I still didn’t get how to post there.

  • http://twitter.com/fredfelton Fred Felton

    Thanks great article helped me a lot ;)

  • Ellotia

    I would like an invite, been hearing about this for a few weeks! ellotia@gmail.com

  • Sebastian

    Google+ Android App: Can only be used with Gmail-account?

    Hi Kristi, I use google+ with a private mail, that is connected with a google-account, but is NOT connected with a Gmail-account (seems that I am the only one who does it this way).

    It seems now, that the android-app is working ONLY with a Gmail-account (uses Gmail to login instead of google+).

    Did you hear about that phenomen allready? 

    Actually there are only nerds on google+ who use gmail-accounts anyway. But if google+ opens to the mainstream: Do they want to force all of them to switch to gmail? I’m not sure if this is a good strategy, I think it will annoy many people, or won’t people care about that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/niko.lapento Niko Lapento Pelawi

    awesome
    invite me please.my email nikolapento@gmail.com

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  • Ronda
  • Log04122

    im dying for that invitation, pls invite me log04122@gmail.com. tnx! :)

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  • AliveStav

    hi please invite me too :)

    AliveStav@gmail.com

  • AliveStav

    Hi Rio,Please invite me i can’t wait for this anymoreeeee ><
    my Email:
    AliveStav@Gmail.com

  • Sebastian

    Has nobody a solution or hack for the problem described above? Or am I really the only one with this problem? 

  • Ontherodeagain2002

    I want an invite, too… I saw this on the news this morning and really want to be invited.

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  • Mark Jones

    i have sent invites to posts here less than 1 week old, profile Mark Jones.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6C4Y3SDRXXCAILGR6V6WFLDRNA Asun Sajo

    If you still can, please invite me, my gmail: econcool@gmail [dot] com.
    For those friends who have graciously, good luck always. Thanks, Regards.

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  • http://twitter.com/Prepare1 BlairEvanBall

    Great post updating us on what the new Google+ is all about. I’d be honored if someone were to give me an invite. prepareone@gmail.com All the best,Blair

  • Tarono San

    please someone invite me taro.field@gmail.com Big thank…

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    It’s done :) enjoy!

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    Done :) enjoy!

  • http://twitter.com/agsti Agnis Stibe

    Done :)

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  • http://www.datingdementia.com Nancy Wurtzel

    Hey, Kristi, terrific post.  As always, you make it all so user-friendly, clear and logical.  Wish my mind worked like yours.  So, I’d love to try it out: Would someone invite me?  Please?  Pretty please?

  • http://about.me/oyrio Rio Rahmansyah

    email?

  • Matthew Sommer

    Can you send me one Rio?  matt.sommer@gmail.com

  • Erin Steder

    Google+ definitely is intriguing to me, especially the more I read about it. I have stayed away from Facebook and Twitter, but for some reason I’m drawn to Google+. I think because of its versatility (perhaps the mystery). If anyone would like to send an invite, I’d be very thankful. esteder@gmail.com

  • Loren Anderson

    Seems the folks on here are suprisingly gracious!  I would love it if someone was so kind as to extend an invite to me as well:  loren.t.anderson@gmail.com
    Thanks You!

  • sperson

    I would like an invitation. sperson, personlinks@gmail:disqus .com. Thanks in advance

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  • http://terryjett.com/ Terry

    Excellent, excellent post about Google+. You have answered every question I have been seeking.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge,

    Terry 

  • http://www.LetItPay.com Vanda-Lynn Hughes

    Great post Kristi
    I like you really like the option of having posts that are not public and can be kept to a group. 

    Vanda-Lynn Hughes
    http:Letitpay.com

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  • googleplus1

    If you want a custom google+ url you can use the site http://gplus.is to create a url like gplus.is/yourname, which is easier to share than plus.google.com/1234….

  • Nine9yen_7eyezz

    better late than never i need an invitation plzzz ppl…nynrelentless@gmail…cheers!!!

  • Mtbxever

    I would like to try it too, can you send me an inivitation please?  mtbxever@gmail.com

  • Mtbxever

    I would like to try it too, can you send me an inivitation please?  mtbxever@gmail.com

  • Solarcrab

    please invite me ^^ i been try to get it so so long time but its exceed.
    solarcrab@hotmail.com

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  • Affan

    Can someone send me an invitation? I’m dying to use it!! affanharahap@gmail.com

  • Affan

    Can someone send me an invitation? I’m dying to use it!! affanharahap@gmail.com

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  • Laurie West

    Great article! Would LOVE and invite – can you please send me an invite? lauriewest@cranberrycopy.com 

  • shehxad

    please invite me dragon_cave@hotmail.com 

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  • http://www.icantinternet.org Bjorn

    Quite a nice introduction to what I believe is going to be big in Social Media-land! ;-)

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  • toastmasterliz@live.com

    Did they discontinue the Sparks feature? I can’t find it anywhere, not even in the Help section.

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  • Njtedeschi

    Thank you for the thorough guide! I’m all signed up to Google+. I’m looking forward to seeing how I like using it compared to Facebook. I think it’s interesting how with the latest Facebook changes lists were added. It does half of what circles do by letting you view certain people’s updates. You still cannot limit which friend see certain content. It will be interesting to see if Facebook goes in that direction. I’m also interested to see how much it catches on now that anyone can join without an invitation. Sparks looks like it will be a very useful tool on Google+.

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  • Waseem Nimble

    Thanks so much for a great, great post with very detailed information
    I’m sure thousands would like to get their hands on! It looks like you
    opened up a can of worms here – so can I please get an invite as well?
    Britto

  • http://primatik.com primatik

    Very intersting post. thank you very much for the info. Very enriching site.
    Thank you,
    Tomer

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  • Maria

    Seems Google+ just released the “Share album via link” feature making it a complete photo manager service as well – http://goo.gl/3FjgV

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  • http://www.development-catalyst.com/ Development Catalyst Admin

    Just launched the Google Plus Pages.The good thing is, it has its own  auto fix and logo edit features,and I bet Facebook don’t have this feature yet.

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  • http://www.storageauctionsite.com/ Douglas Hicks

    Just joined and would love to hear from all of you.

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  • Stitches

    Can I go back to just plain Google, I don’t like all the social circles and everything on Google Connect.

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