Are you finding Google+ a bit overwhelming?
It can be a really frustrating learning how to adapt to a new social media platform when you’ve just got to grips with all the others. Google+ is definitely not a network you can afford to miss out on which is why we’ve written you a simple Google Plus Terminology Guide to get you started with your Google Plus training.
Circles are a way to organise your contacts on Google+ into specific groups. For example I have circles for work colleagues, friends, school friends and other people but you could have groups for people who have a similar interests or who are from certain locations. You can then share different content with different circles as long as they contain 500 or fewer people.
Communities are Google’s version of a group or forum. They bring people together who wish to be part of a group who share similar interests and wish to discuss various topics. There are thousands of different communities on Google+ so you’re bound to find a few that you’re interested in joining.
Sharing is where you can share someone else’s post either publically or to a specific circle.
A Plus 1 on Google+ is very similar to a Like on Facebook or a Favourite on Twitter. It’s pretty much a way of telling someone that you’ve noticed their post and that you like it without feeling the need to make a comment.
H/T means Hat Tip and can be used as another way of saying ‘Thanks’ – people use h/t when they want to acknowledge where they found the content that they are sharing. You’ll see it is used quite a lot when people share a post someone else has already shared.
Hangouts on Google+ are a real time video conference feature. It’s similar to Skyping but you can have up to 10 devices for normal people and 15 if you’re a Google Enterprise client.
The mute button prevents people from sending you notifications. Some people have annoying habits and send multiple notifications to strangers of all of their posts without asking first if it’s ok to send a notification (lots of notifications can become very annoying) If you decide to mute someone you can still see their posts in your main stream.
A personal page on Google+ is for real people, so not businesses or groups. Your personal profile page is where you can post content to for people to see but you decide who sees what content depending on what circles you post too.
Once you’ve created a personal profile you can then create your own business page. This will have your company website, logo and the description on your company on it. You can also choose to get your business page verified, this can be done by Google sending you a postcode though the post with a unique code on it.
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A Local page on Google+ helps users discover and share places. With a Local Page you can get place recommendations based on your circles, your past reviews and your location. You can also publish reviews and photos of your favourite places.
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