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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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            Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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            Last Updated on October 16, 2019

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

            Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

            Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

            In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

            1. ScheduleOnce

              ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

              ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

              ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

              Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

              Available on Web

              2. Calendly

                Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                3. Assistant.to

                  For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                  From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                  While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                  Available on Web

                  4. Acuityscheduling

                    Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                    It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                    5. Pick

                      Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                      At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                      Available on Web

                      6. X.ai

                        For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                        This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                        Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                        Available on Web

                        7. YouCanBook.me

                          is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                          They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                          Available on Web

                          8. Doodle

                            Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                            It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                            You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                            While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                            9. WhenAvailable

                              WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                              Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                              Available on Web

                              10. Rally

                                Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                Available on Web

                                11. NeedtoMeet

                                  Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                  NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                  While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                  Available on Web

                                  Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                  In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                  To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                  Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                  A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                  Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                  If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                  Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                  With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                  Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                  Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                  Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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