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13 Google Plus Tricks You Probably Don’t Know

13 Google Plus Tricks You Probably Don’t Know

Google Plus is the fastest growing social network in the world now, with over half a billion active users and almost a million new users on a daily basis. With the rising popularity of smartphones with the Android OS, so did the popularity of Google+ grew. The whole world has gone mobile and people started connecting more over social networks, which greatly reflected on the world of e-commerce The users are connecting their devices with their Google accounts and are available to use all other Google products, which basically cover all the needs of an internet user:

  • Gmail

  • Google Drive

  • Google Analytics

  • YouTube channel

  • Google+

So, an email account, cloud storage, video channel, search engine and a social network – what more do you need?

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Google+ is probably the most user-optimized social network with rich, functional and yet highly practical features. You can easily connect with people and follow all trends and points of interest, engage in hangouts and air your broadcasts live. So, we are going to turn your attention to some tips on how can you make your Google+ experience better and more practical.

Connect with people!

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    Sync your Gmail account

    First of all, if you are starting to use Google+ and you would like to connect with the people you know, Google+ will run through your Gmail account and suggest them to you. If your profile on any other social network is connected with your Gmail and you are receiving newsletters, it will include them as well. This is one of the ways you can connect with people on Google+.

    People Search

    The second option is by hovering over the “Home” button and choosing “People” from the sidebar. Here, you can see all the people suggested to you, people that have you in their circles, people you have in yours and an option to discover even more people based on the personalized search.

    Communities

    The third option is to engage in communities that share your interests and connect with the people there. There are a great number of communities you can join based on various topics and interests or you can also simply create a community and invite people over.

    Shared Circles

    People often share their circles of people with common interest to the public, so they can connect and reach out to as many people. This is a natural way of expanding your circles on Google+ and to find more people with common interest to connect with. In time, you will share your circles too.

    Managing posts

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      Increase post visibility

      Plain text posts without any content connected get swallowed in the news feed because they are simply not eye-catching. Enrich your posts by adding a little value to them. For example, if there is a piece of text that you wish to emphasize, simply use the following:

      • *text* – for bolding the text

      • _text_ – for italic text

      • -text- – for strikethrough text

      You can mention people in your posts and comments by simply adding the “+” mark and just start typing the name. Google+ will suggest the name from your circles to you and it will add link leading to their profile. That way, not only will people be able to access their profiles but also the person in question will be notified that he/she was mentioned in your post.

      Take control of who sees your posts

      Before you publish any post, you may edit the list of people who may see it. Any post can be completely public and shared to as many circles and people as you wish. You can even set for just one single person to see your posts and that way, communicate freely over Google+ without having to overcrowd your email.

      Removing posts from your newsfeed

      If you have found something offensive, abusive or just irrelevant to you in your newsfeed, you can simply remove it by clicking the down arrow in the top right corner of the post and select the option “Mute”. After that, the post will be forever removed from your newsfeed. If you, by any chance, wish to ban future posts of that specific person, you can simply report it or use filter option.

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      Disabling comments

      There is an option in every post to disable the comments on it. That way, you can simply share an opinion, statement, news or a rhetorical question and you will not be bothered with notifications and replies.

      Another option is to create polls by doing this. Simply create a group of comments which should be the optional answers to the pole and engage people to “+1” them, as a vote.

      Photo and album management

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        Smartphone synchronization

        If you are using a smartphone with an Android OS and you have a connected and synced Google Account, you will be thrilled to see that every photo you take is uploaded to the Picasa cloud storage, awaiting your approval to be published or put in an album.

        That way, you can always share your moments with people which is in the nature of social networking.

        Using GIFs

        Did you know that Google+ is the only social network that allows you to use gifs in your posts or as your profile image and cover photo? It is a fun feature so feel free to try it out – be creative.

        Hangouts

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          Using Google+ Hangouts for personal conversations

          You can use Google+ hangouts to communicate with your friends and people in your circles via video or text. It is the fun form of communication, because you can add as any people and communicate simultaneously, which is perfect for study groups, friend chat, business meetings, etc.

          Using Google+ Hangouts for seminars, live discussions and broadcasts

          You can schedule an online broadcast by using hangouts and Google calendar. It is a perfect solution to stream seminars because you can control the authority of participants – who can engage in the discussion and who cannot.

          Following Trends

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            In the “explore” tab on your newsfeed, you will be presented with the latest trends and hot topics on Google+. When you publish a post, Google will automatically add a hashtag with a keyword in it and scale it on their list of hot topics. That way, your posts are more certain to be seen by larger groups of people with common interests in the topic. You can add hashtags to your posts manually and thus help your post become visible by a more precise group of people.

            Stay updated with the global Google+ trends such is a “#caturday” – people have devoted a whole Saturday for cat memes, puns and jokes, basically worshiping them and making it a long lasting and fun trend.

            Featured photo credit: Get to know Google+ via Google

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            Last Updated on February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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