Macworld Masterclass: Introducing Google+

Meet the new place to hang out online

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  • anno Intro
  • Google1 Step 1: Getting started
  • Google2 Step 2: Meet Google+
  • Google3 Step 3: Meet the neighbours
  • Google4 Step 4: The circle game
  • Google5 Step 5: Incoming posts
  • Google6 Step 6: Creating posts
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Intro

Facebook may rule the online social media roost, but few would bet against Google making inroads with its Google+ service. Although both are constantly adding new options, it’s the search giant’s use of ‘Circles’ that makes it stand out for us. This is the ability to put people into groups such as friends or business, and then use these to determine who can read a particular post; making it more like a real-life conversation.

There’s a lot more to Google+, of course, such as instant messaging, video chat, and some very useful and easy-to-use privacy controls, but in this tutorial we’re just going to concentrate on signing up and getting started. So, here’s how social media works, Google-style.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPad/iPod touch
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

iOS 4.0 or later
Google+ app (free)

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Facebook may rule the online social media roost, but few would bet against Google making inroads with its Google+ service. Although both are constantly adding new options, it’s the search giant’s use of ‘Circles’ that makes it stand out for us. This is the ability to put people into groups such as friends or business, and then use these to determine who can read a particular post; making it more like a real-life conversation.

There’s a lot more to Google+, of course, such as instant messaging, video chat, and some very useful and easy-to-use privacy controls, but in this tutorial we’re just going to concentrate on signing up and getting started. So, here’s how social media works, Google-style.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPad/iPod touch
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

iOS 4.0 or later
Google+ app (free)

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Getting started

Download Google+ from the App Store and tap the icon to run it. On the first screen, tap Get Started. If you’ve already got a free Google account, tap Sign in and enter your details. Otherwise, tap Create a new Google Account and follow the instructions. Next, type in the name and password, and click Sign in.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Meet Google+

Google will ask for a valid mobile phone number as a security measure, and then asks new users to fill in some simple information – read the terms and conditions, make your choices and click Continue. After a moment, the main Google+ home screen appears with five icons indicating the service’s key functions.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Meet the neighbours

Tap the Stream icon and then, when the app asks to use your current location, tap OK. Initially, of course, new Google+ users won’t have any friends, so the easiest way to see how it works is to swipe the main screen to the right to have a look at what random Google+ users nearby are up to.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: The circle game

Swipe left, tap the Add people to circles button, then pick someone from the list by tapping their name. On the next screen, tap the Add button, choose a Circle to add them to, then tap Done to finish. Google+ users will get an email asking for permission when someone tries to connect with them like this.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Incoming posts

Tap the back button until the home screen appears again and then the Stream icon. Pull the main screen down with a finger to reload the page. From now on, whenever the person you added as a friend in the previous step posts something, it will appear in your Circles stream like this (see above).

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Creating posts

To create a post, tap the pencil icon at the top right of the screen. When the little form appears, tap the empty space to add some text with the keyboard. Tap the Your circles button and pick any Circles that include the people you’d like to be able to read the message. Click Done and then click Post.

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