10 Smart Ways to Use Google+ That You Have to Know

10 Smart Ways to Use Google+ That You Have to Know

Google+ is the world’s fastest growing social network. You need to have an account if you plan on using YouTube, and having a Google account also has a myriad of other benefits. Are you new to Google+? Here are some tips and tricks to help out!

1. Get the Hangouts plugin

Google Plus

    On Google+ you message people using the Hangouts messaging system. You can access it on any Google+ page and also on your Gmail inbox page if you use that. If you have Chrome, you can get the official Hangouts extension that lets you use the chat as long as Chrome is open. However, there is also a video plugin that you can get on most major browsers. Using the plugin, you can engage in video chatting with any Google+ member, perform a Hangouts-On-Air, which is kind of like an amateur live video podcast, or use any other video features of Google+. You can get it by following this link. It’s world’s better than Facebook Messenger and the video chats are more flexible than Skype. You can also download the Hangouts app on iOS and Android and they both support video chatting.

    2. Memorize this cheat sheet

    Google Plus

      When people are new to Google+, they’re not always sure how far they can go with it. Bloggers blog there, sharers share there, and jokers joke there. Using the cheat sheet posted above, you can see how to format your posts with things like bold and italic texts, images, links, and all sorts of other fun things. Using the cheat sheet, you can make beautiful posts that people will enjoy!


      3. And this one too

      Google Plus

        This is the keyboard shortcuts list as found on Google+. If you need to see it for yourself, go to Google+ and press CTRL and the question mark (?) together and this will pop up. You can control most of the social network without touching your mouse if you prefer and it’s easier to tap the space bar to scroll down than it is to try to scroll with your mouse or laptop mouse pad.

        4. Create a poll

        Google Plus

          You can actually use the mechanics built into Google+ to make a poll. Here’s how you do it. You post the question you want answered. Then you comment on your own post with all of the options. After that, lock the comments. In the original post, tell people to +1 (Google’s version of Facebook’s “like”) the answer they choose. There you go, a poll!

          5. Share posts with empty circles to create custom bookmarks


          Google Plus

            Have you ever found something on social media that you wanted to keep but didn’t want to share yet? On Google+, you can! Create an empty circle and do not put anyone in it. You can share posts with that empty circle only. That post will only be able to be viewed by you. It’s a great way to save a status update draft, keep fun stuff private until you’re ready to share it, and all sorts of other creative uses.

            6. Use the circle dynamic to create an RSS feed


              There is no RSS feed built into Google+ but these days most major blogs have their own page. You can create a circle for those blogs (mine is creatively called “Blogs”) and when you go to follow your favorite blogs, put them in the blogs circle. Then, on the Google+ home page, you can choose to view just your blogs circle. You’ll see everything they post without the humdrum boredom of sifting through the posts of others to find it. Don’t forget to add Lifehack to your blogs circle!

              7. GIFs are welcome everywhere on Google+ (except the comments)


                GIFs are fun little things. They can make you laugh and wonder all in the span of a few seconds. Google+ is a big fan of GIFs and you can post them almost anywhere. You can add them to status updates for a little extra flair, share them with your friends (can’t do that on Facebook), and you can even set one as your profile photo or your banner image. This is a fun way to add a little pizazz to an otherwise static page. Just don’t make it offensive or ridiculous because people won’t like that.


                8. Back up your phone camera roll on Android and iOS

                Google Plus

                  When you use the Google+ mobile app you can set it to backup everything you take with your camera. These images can be found under the Photos section of your Google+ page whenever you visit. It’ll upload images and videos in almost all formats. This is a great way to backup your images. Don’t worry, nothing gets shared (unless you do it manually), only uploaded. What happens to it after that is totally up to you.

                  9. Find like-minded people using communities


                    Google+ communities are an awesome place to find like-minded people. There are communities for almost everything including hobbies, product brands, music, movies, people, and everything else. You can join these communities and interact with people who like the kind of things you like. My girlfriend did this when she joined a number of communities that post cute pet pictures and now regularly interacts with people who like animals. If your friends haven’t joined Google+ yet, then this is the best way to meet people who like what you like and get your main feed populated with stuff you actually want to see.

                    10. Customize your privacy



                      Not only can you customize the privacy of every individual post on Google+, but you can also do it with your profile. Google+ has a very modular profile set up with your About Me, Places, Work, etc. Each one of these modules is individually editable and you can set the privacy to something different on each one. You can share what you want to share with who you want to share it with and that includes your profile information.


                      With these tips and tricks, you can get your Google+ profile off to a better start and prepare to have some fun with it. They say that Facebook is for people you know and Google+ is for people you don’t know, but when you look at it feature-for-feature, Google+ is just as good in pretty much every way. Except Google+ doesn’t have Candy Crush invites and isn’t that what we all really want?

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                      8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                      8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                      Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

                      Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

                      Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

                      Why Typing Fast Matters?

                      Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

                      Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

                      Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

                      Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

                      8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

                      Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

                      Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.


                      For Beginners

                      1. Speed Typing Online

                        What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

                        The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

                        2. Typing Trainer

                          Typing Trainer

                          is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

                          Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

                          The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

                          3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

                            There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.


                            Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

                            The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

                            For professional writers and programmers

                            4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

                              Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

                              If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

                              Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

                              If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

                              If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

                              5. The Typing Cat


                                Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is a another valulable skillset worth adding.

                                Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

                                The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

                                Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

                                Fun typing games

                                6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                                  Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                                  Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                                  The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

                                  7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles


                                    Although this game does cost money to purchase, it is worth the investment if you’re looking for a refreshing and alternative mode to learning how to type fast.

                                    Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                                    Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                                    8. Daily Quote Typing

                                      Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                                      Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                                      With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                                      Bottom Line

                                      At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                                      By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

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