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only posting here in hope google people will see it. Why did you screw up google chat? Why can't i just select a circle, like in facebook of people i want to chat with and leave it at that? i have been trying to figure out "hangouts" for an hour. It's dumb.

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The Basics of Google+

A few nights ago, +Ahmed Zeeshan hosted a #writeonplus hangout, encouraging people to write more quality content on G+. The main goal was simply to provide good content for new users, but I took it a step further and created a variety of short video tutorials specifically to help new users understand Google+. If you know someone new to Google+ that is confused by a particular feature, hopefully the videos below will help.

Thanks to Ahmed, +Jennifer Bailey, +Jef Kazimer, +Justin Virly, +Scott Swain and everyone else that helped me put this project together.


What is a circle?
For new users, it can sometimes be difficult to understand the concept of circles and why they're useful. Here is a quick look at them.

What is a hangout?
Here's a quick look at how to create hangouts, and find some that are already out there.

How to use the new features in hangouts.
Here is a quick video showing some of the ways that the new hangouts are so useful.

Using the search feature.
The Google+ search feature is quite powerful; here's how to make the most of it.

How is Google+ different from Facebook and Twitter?
Google+ shares a lot of similarities with other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, but is certainly quite a bit different as well. This video explains some of those differences.

How do I write on someone's wall?
For users coming over from Facebook, writing on another user's wall is a popular thing to do. This video explains why Google+ doesn't have walls, and what the alternatives are.

The basics of sharing posts.
The ability to share posts is a powerful feature in Google+. This video explains how it's done, along with some etiquette and other tips for you to keep in mind along the way.

Tracking your shared posts.
While it's fairly easy to find out when your post has been shared (notifications take care of that), it can be tricky to keep up with the various comment streams as your post fragments across the network. Here are some tips to help with that.

More tips for managing your circles.
The basic setup of circles is quite simple, which is why they're so great. Here are a few more tips for managing your circles, including how to reorder them, nest them (sort of), share them, and a few other tidbits.

How to customize your profile.
Your profile is the central point of your Google+ existence, so setting it up properly is important. This post will show you how to edit the various sections, privacy concerns to keep in mind, and controlling the snippet of text that appears when someone hovers over your name.

Adding media to your posts.
How to add media to your posts, including photos, videos and links.

Tagging other users.
How to tag users in your posts and comments, and why it's important to do it.

Controlling the privacy of your posts.
Google has focused heavily on privacy with Google+, and it shows. Here's how to control the privacy of every post you put up on Google+.

Commenting back to other users.
Google+ has made interacting with other users easy, and it's very valuable to do so. Here's why and how.

Creating draft posts.
Google+ doesn't have a built-in way to save drafts, but a simple hack makes it possible. Here's how to do it.

Using hashtags in your posts.
Google recently introduced the hashtag feature. Here's how it works, and what it can do for you.

Editing posts and comments after you publish them.
Unlike Twitter and Facebook, you can edit your posts and comments after you publish them. Here's how it works.

Formatting your posts with bold, italic and strikethrough.
Google offers some simple tools to help you add bold, italics and strikethroughs to your posts. Here's how to use them.

Managing your notifications.
While Google doesn't offer the precise notification control that I'd like to see, they have quite a few options in there and they're adding more all the time. Here's how you can edit them to your liking.

Blocking and reporting users.
While Google has built some great anti-spam tools into Google+, those kinds of people will always try to fight their way through. Here's how to block and/or report malicious users, and how to un-block them if you make a mistake.

Setting up polls.
While Google+ doesn't have an official "polls" feature, there's a nifty workaround to help you create them. Here's how it works.


Thanks again to those of you who helped come up with this list of ideas.

If you have a comment or suggestion related to a particular item, please go to the page for that specific item and we can discuss it there.

If you have a comment or suggestion related to the entire list, including ideas for more videos, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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