Everyone is talking about Google+ right now and since more and more people are signing up and adding us to their circles each and every day, we thought there was no better time than now to put together a guide about all the features of Google’s new social network.
Google has released a number of how to videos for Google+ and outside sources have also put together their own videos, explaining the new social network and its implications. Here we have compiled all of these videos into one, easy-to-digest post. Check out all the videos and then let us know what you think of Google+ in the comments below!
Rocketboom: Google +
Rocketboom just released a video of their take on Google+. In the video they talk a bit about how Google+ came to be, as well as how the site is laid out and the implications that a Google+ success could have on Twitter and Facebook.
NMA: Google plus one takes on Facebook
NMA World Edition released a funny animated explanation of Google+. They focus on all of Google’s failed past attempts at social networking—Google Buzz and Google Wave. Will this new attempt be different?
The Google+ project: A quick look
And now we move on to the Google+ videos that Google put out. The first offers a nice overview of the service. The subsequent videos will focus in on all the different features of Google+, including circles, hangouts, huddle, sparks, instant upload and mobile.
The Google+ Circles
Circles are the heart of Google+. ‘Circles’ let you sort the people you are following into different categories so that you can share content only with specific circles. You may want to share things with friends that you wouldn’t want your family or co-workers to see. This is where circles comes in.
The Google+ Hangouts
The following video explores Hangouts in Google+. Hangouts let you “hang out” face-to-face with up to ten friends in real-time via video chat.
The Google+ Huddle
Huddle is a mobile feature that lets you stay in touch with groups of people while on the go. Huddle lets you text between groups of people or individual friends in Google+ Mobile. Check out the video below and click here to learn more.
The Google+ Sparks
Sparks is a feature that shows you articles, blog posts and videos about the things you are interested in. This content can help you spark a conversation with fellow Google+ users. You can customize your Sparks by clicking on the ‘Sparks’ menu item on the left side of your Google Plus homepage.
The Google+ Instant Upload
Click on the Photos icon and then click on ‘Photos from your phone’ to enable Instant Upload in Google+. Instant upload uploads photos and videos from your Android device instantly to a private album. You can then chose whether or not you’d like to share them. Instant Upload is a great way to capture and share memories, without any effort on your part.
The Google+ project: Explore Mobile
Google+ is available on your mobile phone as well. Via an Android app or mobile web app, you can access Google+ functionality while you’re on the go. A Google+ iPhone app is coming soon.
The Google+ project: Explore Settings
We’ll end things with a deeper look into Google+ settings. Now go and explore Google+, why don’t you? And let us know what you think!
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.