Updated August 2014 (Classic G+ only)
This does not cover the New G+
preview released on Nov 17, 2015.
To everyone new out there or still trying to figure out this place.
What do you find difficult to understand when you first arrive to Google+?1) how to find people you already know
Choose "People" from the left menu. Look for suggestions, people who added you, contacts from Gmail, school, work, other services.2) how to find strangers that share your interests
Use the search box next to Google+ logo or search function on Apps. Type your interest then click the magnifier glass. You can search for communities, people and pages.3) who can see your posts?
Public - Everyone. Chosen circle - only the people on that circle. Other options available. Comments on a public post (shared publicly) are public. Comments on a limited post (shared privately) are limited to the people who are participating.4) how do I send a private message?
Click inside the what's new box. Type a message. Just choose the person or circle in the box above the share button before sending the message. Remove all other circles. Remember to do this whenever you send hello message to people that added you.5) how do I know who is participating in a post?
Look at the top of the post next to name and time. If it says shared privately click on those words and you will see who is participating. If it says shared publicly everyone can see it. Comments do not appear in your profile under the posts tab.6) why are people adding me?
It's like entering a party and asking why do people want to shake hands with you. It does nothing. People are just saying hello.7) do I have to add people that circled me?
Only add people that YOU want to follow. You can add them and see what they post for a while. If you don't like the person remove him/her from your circles. Or you can just not add them at all8) I circled people but they are not circling me back.
You do not have a photo. The only information in your profile is gender. You have not posted public, therefore your profile posts area looks empty. You have posted 25 links selling something (spammer?).9) Where are my privacy settings?https://www.google.com/settings/plus10) My phone photos are showing in Google Plus
You are using autobackup. No need to panic. These photos are for your eyes only until you decide to share them. https://support.google.com/plus/?hl=en#topic=304966311) How do I set my business page?http://support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1710691&topic=1710599&ctx=topic12) I can't comment on a post
If it's a community post you need to join first.
It it's an individual post the author has restrictions on who can comments on public posts. Usually they are users under 18. For them the default is only their circles (people they added) can comment.13) Are community posts private?
Only posts to private communities are limited to the members
Posts to public communities are public14) I don't want people to see communities posts in my profile
Go to settings and look under Profile heading. Uncheck the box that says "show community posts in my profile"15) I want to know more about privacy settingshttps://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1UwTuJGa5Dj6Qd3ZDoLeVYqZfwFuvFniKoSrOlHRFVU0/edit?usp=sharing16) I want to know more about safetyhttps://support.google.com/plus/answer/2402568?hl=en17) You don't like something. Send Feedback
Bottom of the left menu link. Type "@" outside a text box in desktop
On app, tap top right corner of the screen (3 dots) and select option.https://support.google.com/plus/answer/167822418) How do I get a custom URL?
For profiles you need 10 followers (people that added you to their circles) and 30 days active account.19) Can I change the custom URL?
Not at the moment. You can accept what Google offered you, reject it, do nothing or send feedback. If you accept it, you can start using it right away. Any other options you will have to play the waiting game. You might get what you want or not, and there is no certainty if you are going to get a response or not.20) Where can I find more help?
The latest Google+ Official Help (PDF)http://services.google.com/fh/files/misc/googleplus-partner-playbook-august-2014.pdf
or one of the following communities:https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117080595935677646155https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115758385206378551362
What else? Please ask questions. #googleplustips #newtogoogleplus #googleplustipsandtricks