In four years on Facebook, I gained 453 friends. In four months on Google+, I have
10,141 followers. In the course of this book, you'll learn everything I know about G+
and have a bunch of fun doing it!
At first glance, Google+ (or Plus, the terms are interchangeable) seems awfully
familiar. You can make Posts, like on Facebook's Wall. The Stream—a continuous
page of posts from your friends—looks like Facebook's News Feed. That little +1
button on Plus is much the same as Facebook's Like button (and perhaps where the
name for Plus came from).
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), and Sparks (that jumpstart us posting). 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.