A+ Google+ Guides and Tips Roundup

by claire on July 12, 2011

Google+ is out and growing.  Mashable wrote a post this morning that G+ is about to hit 10M (probably since has). @MrGaryLee thinks this feat is a like saying “China is the fastest consumer of rice in HISTORY“.  So be it.  Will it overtake Twitter? Facebook? Redeem the lackluster of Buzz?  As a Web marketer, how can you utilize it?  I’ve gathered up some of the earliest and best posts on Google+ that are worth a read.

Check ‘em, give ‘em a +1 if you like, add the authors to your circles, and let me know if I’ve missed any gems:

  1. 40 Google+ Tips for Newbies by +Travis Campbell
  2. How to Make a Google+ Desktop App by +Christina Warren for Mashable
  3. Robert Scoble’s List of Tips for Newer Users of Google+
  4. Google+ Tips for Business Owners by +Jason Sadler for Huffingtonpost
  5. Google+ Tips and Shortcuts by +Andrew Shotland – Great list of extensions and other tips
  6. Google+ Tips and Tricks Facebook Should Use by +Tony Bradley for PCWorld
  7. Top 10 Tips on Google+ for Photographers by +Thomas Hawk
  8. 10 Google+ Tips for Beginners by +Kristin Burnham for CIO
  9. 20 Google+ Tips, Tricks and Hints by +John Brandon for TechRadar
  10. Ultimate Google+ Tips and Tricks by +Harshad Sawant
  11. 10 Google+ Tips to Get You Off to a Good Start by +Deb Ng
  12. 10 Google+ Tips You Should Know About by +Tony Hue
  13. Google+ Tips and Tricks by +Janet Fouts
  14. 10 Practical Google+ Tips for New Users by +Tony Hastings

I want Google+ to organize my circles for me…. interface is cool, but definitely time consuming!

Add me to your circle! +Claire

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If you missed it, Google announced it’s Google Image Swirl today – which is kind of like Wonderwheel in how it works, but allows you to narrow your image search based on visually similar items.  I did a search for “bank teller” and clicked on the most obvious match, which yielded these results:

Bank Teller Google Image Swirl

Gave me a chuckle, ’cause clearly the guy in the upper left is not someone I’d want to encounter as my bank teller, but rather might turn around and leave the bank if I saw him standing in line with me.  I suppose “bank teller” and “bank robber” might be synonymous in some twisted definition.   Then I saw the guy on the lower right with the ears and clicked on him…. I think he’s some sort of Harry Potter character (perhaps tangentially related to banking?)….

bank teller google image swirl result 2

Anyway, it’s fun, but I’m not convinced of how useful it is.  Might be better to be able to select colors + people, etc. like some of the stock photo image searches.  However, it beats Bing’s Visual Search IMHO, which is pretty limited to their preset categories and requires Silverlight.  Surely beating Bing was the goal, so kudos for Google!

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102 Tips, Tools & Tweets from PubCon 2009

November 15, 2009

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Here’s 102 tips, tools and tweets to summarize takeaways from PubCon 2009.  They’re in no particular order, but to make it a little more fun to scan, I’ve added a color code:
Tips – Gray
Tools / Resources – Purple
Tweets – Blue

@DerrickWheeler you know it was a [...]

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Digg’s New Full-Page Background Ads

November 7, 2009

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Digg and I have a love-hate relationship. I love my loyal friends I’ve made there.  I hate their seemingly non-democratic policies of whitelisting some sites who blatantly do not follow the Digg TOU, which states that you agree not “to advertise to, or solicit, any [...]

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Google Dashboard FAIL – Missing Most-Used Products

November 5, 2009

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Google released Google Dashboard yesterday to connect you more readily to all Google’s products.  Pretty minor development, but could be a step easier to get to all of their products.  Besides gmail, however, the most used ones I access are currently not available:

When I think [...]

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Eater.com: Bad PR Move or Brilliant Linkbait?

October 3, 2009

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Eater.com launched a newly redesigned site yesterday.  As part of the release, as their audacious post explains, “Eater is offering $25 to any food blogger who will agree to shut his or her food blog down (and post this yellow notice on the site).”

Is it [...]

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4 Social Apps that Turn the Mundane into a Game

September 12, 2009

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I have discovered some new addictions I want to share with you.  Before I divulge, let’s look at a couple rules in creating a successful social app:

Address a common problem
Encourage interaction
Give users a reason to come back

One of the oft overlooked drivers of success in [...]

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Can Twitter Tell the Future? Ode to Michael Jackson and Walter Cronkite

July 17, 2009

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Twitter is great for showing what’s happening now:
But had it been around in 1985, could it have better predicted this?

I attended a Citizen Journalism panel discussion for Social Media Club on Monday which talked a lot about Twitter and Citizen Journalism. What the discussion [...]

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Will Mobile “Search” Tools Decrease Traditional Search Engine Use?

July 6, 2009

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I spent some time this weekend organizing my iPhone apps and started thinking about how many of my most-used apps are really micro or niche search engines. Oftentimes, if I’m looking for a restaurant, I flip to Urbanspoon or Yelp, directions – maps, open houses [...]

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3 Tactics for Traffic Using Twitter Trending Topics

June 25, 2009

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(Say that title 3 times fast )
First off, if you’re not familiar with Twitter Trending Topics, they’re the links you see on the right side of pages (like your home page), that track commonly occurring words in tweets.  Clicking on them takes you to [...]

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