Spending a month with Google+

This month I am going to spend some time exploring Google+ and write about it every Thursday. This free social networking site is basically Google’s version of Facebook, but less crowded. It is clean, easy to use, and integrates nicely with existing Google accounts.  Google+ boasts the ability to organize contacts by relationship, share private and public photo albums, host video conferences, and many other features.

Mobile App

Google+ has a free app that is available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android. The app has a simple, user-friendly layout making it easy to stay in touch with the people you choose to follow. The mobile app also makes it possible to participate in group chats, view and upload photos, and manage your information stream.

Circles

By organizing your friends and contacts into different groups, or circles, you can control how your information is displayed. In return, you can also select which information you’d like to share with certain groups. You may want to share a recent news article with your circle of colleagues and save those vacations photos for your circle of friends. The picture below shows my categories of contacts that allows me to view different groups of information.

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In the next few weeks I will also discuss the following topics:

  • Messenger – Previously known as Huddle, this feature brings separate conversations into one group chat.
  • Sparks – Allows you to find, organize, and follow news that is relevant to you
  • Hangouts – Video chat with up to nine people at once.
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Amber Nutt

Amber Nutt is an Education Support Technologist at the University of Kansas.