Whether you are celebrating it’s arrival or wishing it away because you don’t want to keep track of yet another social network, Google Plus is here. We will soon find out whether it is here to stay or a quick fad, but my guess is that this is the real deal. If you haven’t had the chance to join yet make sure to go check it out. And, If you are like me and you are thinking HOLY COW there is so much to learn and read.. Here are a few resources I found helpful gathered all in one place.
What is Google Plus and How Do I Use It:
How to Get Started With Google Plus: This is a great guide to getting started on Google + it gives great info and screenshots, but it’s a little less overwhelming than the Google Plus Collaborative Doc (below).
Google Plus a Collaborative Document: This is literally a guide to using Google Plus. The Table of Contents lays out the document so that you can jump around and learn about the areas that you need help with. This is probably the most in depth and useful guide I have come across.
The Google Plus Cheat Sheet: Exactly what it sounds like, a cheat sheet or glossary of terms on how to use Google Plus and what things mean…So, in case you don’t have the time (or patience) to go through the doc above.
10 Awesome Video Tips for Getting More out of Google + Don’t like to read? Check out these quick video tips!
How to: Get Your Own Google+ Vanity URL: Since Google Plus doesn’t offer vanity URL’s as of now for fear of spammers figuring out millions of Google+ users email account information, gplus.to has created a small app that makes it easy to create your own Vanity URL to make it easy to share your Google Plus Profile with your friends.
How to Get Google+ On My Phone:
Get Google+ On Your iPhone! And iOS App was released today making it possible for iPhone users to get Google Plus on their iPhones. It’s been available since the beginning on Android phones and all you need to do is go to the Droid Market, to download your Google+ app for Free.
How To Use Google Plus for Business/Marketing:
10 Things CMOs Need to Know About Google+ Chris Brogan compares Google+ to the launch of Facebook and the leap people made from Myspace to Facebook. Giving reasons such as Google is the King of Search so they will probably have their social network affect search, they are starting up business pages, it’s connections with gmail and other Google tools you already use and it’s fast growth in it’s first two weeks of it’s launch he thinks it’s the next BIG thing!
3 Ways to Use Google Plus in Your Content Marketing Efforts A lot of great tips here on Google Plus for content marketing as well as a great list of related articles about Google Plus, such as “Can Google+ Rival Facebook and Twitter? Some Initial Thoughts” and “Top 6 Articles On Google Plus to help you Get the Most Out of Your Experience.”
Google + Now Part of Google Analytics: You can now track your social interaction as well on your Google Analytics by adding a bit of code to your sites. Currently this tracks Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. There isn’t a code yet to track LinkedIn interactions.
More On Google +:
The more I research, explore, play and use Google + the more I like it. It’s incredibly connected, dynamic and the uses are endless. For example…
It recognizes when I take a picture with my Android, and then without me uploading or doing anything it is already in my photos on Google Plus asking me if I want to share it.
My new Tag line: Google Plus… It’s So Smart, It’s Spooky!