Google+ Tips & Tricks: 5 Ways To Enhance Your Experience

by Harrison Lapari September 5th, 2011 

Are you one of the many millions who have recently jumped ship from Facebook in order to try out Google's new attempt at a social network? If so, you're probably wondering what you can do to make the most of your experience with the service and if there are any tools that will let you get your notifications quickly and efficiently. There are several third party apps available and Google's own Google+ for Android is competent, so check out this list of tips and tricks you can use to make sure you have the best Google+ experience possible.

1. Surplus Chrome Extension

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One of the downsides of the new Google+ notification system is that the bar doesn't follow you every where you go. Thankfully you can remedy this by downloading the Surplus Chrome Extension. This extension will alert you to any notifications no matter where you are on the web.

2. Finding New People To Follow

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Since Google+ is an open platform, it's always a good idea to explore who you might want to follow and add to your acquaintances circle. Check Google+'s list of people who have recently followed you who you haven't added your own circles. Use the search to find new people by name or simply type a hobby or interest like "photography".

3. Thumbnail Selection

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When adding a link to your Google+ feed, it doesn't always find the right image on the page that correlates to the link you're sharing.

You can change this by hovering over the image and clicking the arrows to rotate through the available images.

Likewise if you don't want an image to accompany your link at all, you can delete it by clicking the X.

4. Show +1'S

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The Google +1 button has taken the web by storm, but the default settings on your Google+ account don't show these +1s to your friends.

Change this by clicking 'Edit Profile' and then clicking the +1 tab.

From there, you can choose to display everything you've given a +1 on your profile.

5. Google+ Integration

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The biggest problem of joining a new social network is the adoption rate. While you may enjoy it, your friends may not. Therefore, you can't give up your Facebook and Twitter account if you want to stay in touch with them. Thankfully, Publish Sync for Chrome makes this easy, as it adds checkboxes to Google+, Facebook, and Twitter that allows you to select which networks it should push updates to. This is a must have for people who can't switch social networks without losing hundreds of friends and their updates.

With invites being released globally, more users are signing up and experiencing what Google has to offer. Google+ could be the futures leading social networking platform, which should not be a huge surprise as Google is a mega giant in the online realm.

Harrison Lapari

Harrison Lapari writes from his 7 years of experience in SEO and Social Media. He is currently working on marketing campaigns for Bonsai Tree Gardener to make its website the #1 Guide To Bonsai Trees for bonsai tree enthusiasts.

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3 Responses to “Google+ Tips & Tricks: 5 Ways To Enhance Your Experience”

  1. RKF says:

    Don't forget about the Start Google+ plugin: http://sgplus.me/

    Imports FB data, and shows your FB & Twitter streams in G+ (if you want). Great for posting to all 3 at once.

  2. Harrison, thanks for a great post! I just installed the Surplus and Publish Sync addons!

  3. John says:

    Registered with Google+ a few months back; informed my friends and close business colleagues, they registered with Google+, we all started to 1+ each other as we trust & recommend each other’s businesses.
    Google deleted all our 1+ endorsements last week and red flagged us.

    Google wants to challenge Facebook in the SM space but wants to control it as well, you cannot have it both way Google.

    I was a Google+ fan, but no more. Will revisit when the big brother culture dissipates.
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