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Thursday, 13 October, 2011

Google Plus: Lesson 1

Google Plus (G+) is a free service offered by Google. Anyone who has an account can post items, much like blogger make blog posts. G+ posts can consist of links, photos, videos, or just text. If the items are posted publicly, anyone can read them.

Here are examples of user pages of some G+ users (just six out of millions of such pages):

You'll notice that each user's list of posts resembles a blog. Although they all look the same, you'll find that each user has his or own style of posting. Like a blog, the most recent items appear at the top, and each item can be viewed on a single (permalink) page by clicking the timestamp. G+ users can also post comments.

Remember, anyone can read those posts just by visiting their user page. But if you'd like a better G+ experience, get an account and then put those people in a circle. G+ users have a "stream" that shows all posts made by people in their circles -- all mingled together, but listed to show the most recent first. In other words, you can basically create a multi-author blog that shows posts only from people you're interested in.

Other advantages of becoming a G+ user: (1) You can make your own posts, (2) you can leave comments to posts, and (3) you can be notified when people comment on your post or a comment is posted after your comment (these "notifications" are good way to see who has responded to something you wrote).

That's how it works.

Next: Understanding G+ Circles.