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Google+ Resources | Complete Collection

Hello Everyone!

I humbly present the complete set of articles I wrote with the help of our diverse and enthusiastic community here to enhance our Google+ Experience:

1. The Starter Pack - bit.ly/gpstarter
Guidelines to help you join g+ at a run by giving you a quick and meaningful overview of everything you need to know after your first log-in. In here you will also find a list of people that you can follow to bring your Stream to life.

2. The Circles: Dividing, Nesting and Prioritizing - bit.ly/gpcircles
The most important feature of g+ are its circles. If properly configured they can mirror your real lives in terms of sharing and much more.

3. The Early Adopter's Guide - bit.ly/gp_early
These tips can help you become a true Google+ Early Adopter regardless of how popular you are on the network.

4. The Etiquettes - bit.ly/gp_etiquettes
Being part of such a diverse and rapidly growing community raises the question of general netiquettes. This article seeks to discuss and list suggestions that can make us a community built on tolerance and understanding.

5. The Average Facebook User and Google+ - bit.ly/gb_fb
The bulk of the internet is not composed of power users and early adopters. So what is g+ for the masses?

6. How to Structure and Format your lengthy posts - bit.ly/gp_template
Improve the readability of your posts by applying rich text formatting to them. Learn how to make your articles simpler and more attractive for the readers.

7. How to use your Post as a Poll - bit.ly/gp_poll
Often times you would like to ask your readers questions with specific answers. At the moment there is no polling feature in google plus but using this clever work-around you can achieve an excellent compromise.

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The guides look to enhance your Google+ experience while at the same time allowing you to explore the true potential locked behind this gorgeous set of features and UI.

It is also important to note that these articles are not binding rules and the methods listed in them are not the only way of using Google+. In fact, the real beauty of this network lies in its multi-functional use. Therefore, I strongly encourage all of you to take read them with a grain of salt and apply them as you deem relevant to your needs.

I am also delighted to announce that the articles are now being translated to different languages to cater to our global e-society. Some translations are already complete and can be found at the bottom of each article. This could not have been made possible without the highly enthusiastic and immensely helpful group of translators that volunteered to translate each and every article - for that I am eternally grateful to them.
This will remain a work-in-progress and hence more translations would be required. If you are interested in contributing to the translations please read this post: http://bit.ly/gp_trans.

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Finally, I would like to thank all the people that have helped spread these articles to the masses during their early stages and the readers for providing thoughtful feedback to make them better. However, there is always room for improvement and so I am looking forward to more insightful comments across the network.

Please feel free to spread the word. You can publish these articles elsewhere on the internet to your blogs, websites, etc. You can also use them as a source of ideas for your own publications/projects related to g+. I do not wish to claim credit for this work. I only wish for it to help people both inside and outside Google+.

Thank you for reading through.

cheers,
+Ahmed Zeeshan

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Note: Some of you might have already seen this post. Reposting it for new users that have joined us in August. Updated the collection with the poll and formatting plus tip.

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Excellent. Thanks so much. I save your posts to a "Circle" I created called "Saved", since G+ only will show you at most the last 250 posts, and that's it.

Unless this has been resolved or changed since then, I'd like to know.

edit: I add only myself to the "Saved" Circle & share links to myself to that circle; this is how I save posts for later viewing.

Cheers, Ahmed, keep up the great work.

Also, I'm new to G+, so please forgive my ignorance on this, but....how do you refer to people's names on here and sustain the "plus" symbol next to their name while making their name as a hyperlink? So, example I just mentioned Ahmed's name, but other times I've seen: +Ahmed Zeeshan and it's clickable. I'd like to do that, too. :)
 
I also didn't know you could bold-face letters by using asterisks. Perhaps a tutorial on text editing tips for G+ would be cool for those who are new.

I've never used a Facebook, either, so if these tips are common over there, I wouldn't know.

Thanks. :)
 
+Kal El that is why I keep re-posting content like this because after a while no one sees it on your streams. At the moment streams cannot be searched either for older posts.

To +mention someone just type a + and then start typing the person's name. This will work properly only if you're doing it from your laptop or desktop. It won't work properly with the mobile.
 
+Kal El the tutorial for formatting is in the resources up there at number 6.
 
lol...I'm an idiot. I didn't see that entirely. Thanks so much.

Also, according to your "To +mention someone just type a + and then start typing the person's name...." --- this didn't work for me for some reason. I usually only post from my laptop using the Google Chrome Browser or IE9 (hardly).

Let me try:

+Ahmed Zeeshan

Ah! I see what I did wrong, I had put a space between the asterisk and the first let of the first name, which yields no desired results. No spacing between the asterisk and it's good to go.

I'm going to read more on the editing. Thanks so much, again, +Ahmed Zeeshan & +Marcin Ciszewicz .

=)
 
wow +Kal El What a fantastic idea to share a post to a certain circle! Thanks for that. I wondered what the limit was on posts and if there would ever be a way to use keywords to find posts. That's a shame and why I guess this isn't a great place to store blogs. :-/
 
+Kal El You're very welcome, Sir! Welcome to the world of +mentioning :)
 
Thanks. You guys are the best. :)
 
+Ahmed Zeeshan @ does the same thing as + or am I inadvertently doing something I shouldn't be by using that? Thanks for posting this. I still have a lot to learn.
 
Thanks +Ahmed Zeeshan , I always learn something new from your posts. It's all so much to the point and explained well.
 
Thanks for putting everything in one place! I just made a Bookmarks circle (thanks to you) and shared this post to it. Bravo!
 
Ya gotta love the Bookmarking Circle. =)
 
Awesome! I just clipped it to Evernote for reference. Thanks!
 
You're very welcome +Becky Raymond. It's always nice to hear when the articles are of help to someone :)
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