The Google+ Project (Updated)

The Google+ Project (Updated)

Aug 14




A Complete Walkthrough/Tutorial Of Google+ (Colby Brown)
The Google+ Cheat Sheet (Mashable)
The Official Google+ Help Center (Google)
Google+ Tips & Tricks: 10 Hints For New Users (Mashable)
• Google+: The Complete Guide (Mashable)
Introducing The Google+ Start-Up Guide (Google)
How To Get Your Own Google+ Vanity URL (Mashable)

Don’t Look For Me On Facebook, I’ve Moved To Google+ (Singularity Hub)
• User Satisfaction Study: Facebook Vulnerable To Google+ (MacWorld)
Nine Reasons To Switch From Facebook To Google+ (MacWorld)
Google+: The Pros & Cons (Mashable)
Google+ & Real Names



G+me – Collapses the Google+ stream, allowing you to stay more organized.

+Comment Toggle – Toggle hides any comments to posts within your Stream and makes them available if and when you actually want to see them.

+Photo Zoom – Allows you to hover your mouse over an image and it will pop out and display an enlarged version of the photo/graphic.

Plus Minus – Lets you select which Circles show up in your Google+ Stream, allows you to easily mark individual or all posts as read, offers a wide-screen view so you can see more content without scrolling, and loads more posts automatically as you scroll down.

Surplus – Adds a Google+ notification box to your browser so that you you are always aware of G+ notifications.

Search by Image – Found an image on the web that you’re curious about? With this extension, you can initiate a search on Google using pictures on the web.

Facebook Friend Exporter – Get *your* data contact out of Facebook.



Google Takeout – Back up all your Google content



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By Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President, Engineering
Official Google Blog
June 28, 2011

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Among the most basic of human needs is the need to connect with others. With a smile, a laugh, a whisper or a cheer, we connect with others every single day.

Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.

In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.

We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests. And so begins the Google+ project:


+Circles: share what matters, with the people who matter most

Not all relationships are created equal. So in life we share one thing with college buddies, another with parents, and almost nothing with our boss. The problem is that today’s online services turn friendship into fast food — wrapping everyone in “friend” paper — and sharing really suffers:

• It’s sloppy. We only want to connect with certain people at certain times, but online we hear from everyone all the time.

• It’s scary. Every online conversation (with over 100 “friends”) is a public performance, so we often share less because of stage fright.

• It’s insensitive. We all define “friend” and “family” differently — in our own way, on our own terms — but we lose this nuance online.

In light of these shortcomings we asked ourselves, “What do people actually do?” And we didn’t have to search far for the answer. People in fact share selectively all the time — with their circles.

From close family to foodies, we found that people already use real-life circles to express themselves, and to share with precisely the right folks. So we did the only thing that made sense: we brought Circles to software. Just make a circle, add your people, and share what’s new — just like any other day:


+Sparks: strike up a conversation, about pretty much anything

Healthy obsessions inspire sharing, and we’ve all got one (or two, or three…). Maybe it’s muscle cars, or comic books, or fashion, but the attraction is always the same: it comes up in conversation, we immediately jump in, and we share back and forth with other fans. Often for hours. The trick is getting things started, and getting over that initial hump. Fortunately, the web is the ultimate icebreaker.

The web, of course, is filled with great content — from timely articles to vibrant photos to funny videos. And great content can lead to great conversations. We noticed, however, that it’s still too hard to find and share the things we care about — not without lots of work, and lots of noise. So, we built an online sharing engine called Sparks.

Thanks to Google’s web expertise, Sparks delivers a feed of highly contagious content from across the Internet. On any topic you want, in over 40 languages. Simply add your interests, and you’ll always have something to watch, read and share — with just the right circle of friends:


+Hangouts: stop by and say hello, face-to-face-to-face

Whether it’s inside a pub or on a front porch, human beings have always enjoyed hanging out. And why not? It’s how we unwind, recharge, and spend unscheduled time with old and new friends alike. Hanging out is deceptively simple though, and the nuance gets lost online.

Just think: when you walk into the pub or step onto your front porch, you’re in fact signaling to everyone around, “Hey, I’ve got some time, so feel free to stop by.” Further, it’s this unspoken understanding that puts people at ease, and encourages conversation. But today’s online communication tools (like instant messaging and video-calling) don’t understand this subtlety:

• They’re annoying, for starters. You can ping everyone that’s “available,” but you’re bound to interrupt someone’s plans.

• They’re also really awkward. When someone doesn’t respond, you don’t know if they’re just not there, or just not interested.

With Google+ we wanted to make on-screen gatherings fun, fluid and serendipitous, so we created Hangouts. By combining the casual meetup with live multi-person video, Hangouts lets you stop by when you’re free, and spend time with your Circles. Face-to-face-to-face:


+Mobile: share what’s around, right now, without any hassle

These days a phone is the perfect sharing accessory: it’s always with you, it’s always online, and it’s how we stay close with our closest friends. We didn’t want “just” a mobile experience, however, so with Google+ we focused on things (like GPS, cameras, and messaging) to make your pocket computer even more personal.


+Location, location, location

In life, the places we visit shape conversations in lots of meaningful ways. If we call John from the airport, he’ll likely ask about our trip. Or if Jane texts from a nearby restaurant, we might join her for dessert. With Google+ you can add your location to every post. (Or not. It’s always up to you.)


+Instant Upload

Getting photos off your phone is a huge pain, so most of us don’t even bother. Of course pictures are meant to be shared, not stranded, so we created Instant Upload to help you never leave a photo behind. While you’re snapping pictures, and with your permission, Google+ adds your photos to a private album in the cloud. This way they’re always available across your devices — ready to share as you see fit.



Coordinating with friends and family in real-time is really hard in real life. After all, everyone’s on different schedules, in different places, and plans can change at any moment. Phone calls and text messages can work in a pinch, but they’re not quite right for getting the gang together. So Google+ includes Huddle, a group messaging experience that lets everyone inside the circle know what’s going on, right this second.

Starting today Google+ is available on Android Market and the mobile web, and it’s coming soon to the App Store.


+You: putting you first, all across Google

That’s the Google+ project so far: Circles, Sparks, Hangouts and mobile. We’re beginning in Field Trial, so you may find some rough edges, and the project is by invitation only. But online sharing needs a serious re-think, so it’s time we got started. There’s just one more thing — really the only thing: You.

You and over a billion others trust Google, and we don’t take this lightly. In fact we’ve focused on the user for over a decade: liberating data, working for an open Internet, and respecting people’s freedom to be who they want to be. We realize, however, that Google+ is a different kind of project, requiring a different kind of focus — on you. That’s why we’re giving you more ways to stay private or go public; more meaningful choices around your friends and your data; and more ways to let us know how we’re doing. All across Google.

When your invite arrives we hope you’ll join the project. But it’s entirely up to +You.



  1. Dr. Ronald Gene Eastwood

    I do not have a url nor a web site. Is it sufficient to have a computer, a monitor and an e-mail address? I also do not possess a cell phone nor a digital camera of any type.

    I am very attuned to the potential Google+ may offer.

    How does one get “invited”?

  2. Dr. Ronald Gene Eastwood

    Not sure I comprehend. Why was my comment sent back to me immediately asking me to Reply? You quoted me precisely if that is what you wanted to hear. Are you connected to Google+ or is this just David Stringfellow testing the water?

    Thank you whom ever sent these two items. Now what next?

  3. Dr. Ronald Gene Eastwood

    O.K. I may not be the swiftest turnip on the block, but it appears I am in a perpetual loop. I believe someone needs to explain a bit further. I shall not answer if you ask for a third Reply.

    Sincerely, Dr. Eastwood

  4. Hi Ron. You asked “how does one get invited” to Google+? Here’s where to go:

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