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NOTE: This list is no longer maintained here since August 2011. All future updates and content have been migrated to http://sociologyplus.com/2011/09/23/google-tips-guides-and-resources/ . My post on G+ that introduces this more extensive collection of resources can be found here: http://goo.gl/gb8fM

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This post is obviously not meant to be an all-inclusive list, just some links accrued in my corner of the G+ world. There was no specific "criteria" for what has been included, just links I stumbled upon or found to be helpful and useful. Original authors' links have been included when possible. A lot of information is probably definitely repeated within the detailed guides, but some of it is not.

I sent this list to +Mariva H. Aviram to include in a public Google Document (http://goo.gl/4zRc6) so that updated information will be available when the link is re-visited later on (instead of scouring the web for fragmented re-shared posts). Essentially, it is a compilation of compilations that anyone can edit and contribute to.

+Melody Lynn has also compiled a "MothaLode" list of resources (http://goo.gl/f99RB) that will hopefully be assimilated into Mariva's document as well.

There is a mind-boggling myriad of excellent content out there, so keep creating and sharing, particularly with newer users of G+.


Last Updated August 2, 2011

OVERVIEW:

| Get Started | Detailed Guides | Managing Photos |
| Organizing Circles | Hangouts | G+ People, News, & Stats |
| Extensions & Tools | Suggestions & Feedback | Privacy |

STARTER ITEMS:

Google+ Cheat Sheets 1 & 2 by Simon Laustsen (many translations available): http://goo.gl/3yRnh , http://goo.gl/k2I2c
Another longer Cheat Sheet infographic by Technostreak: http://imgur.com/OH3Yc
Google+ Start-Up Guide basic illustrated overview by Saidur Hossain: http://goo.gl/zIL2c
Google+ Guide: 15 Tips for Newbies by Craig Kanalley: http://goo.gl/SLTR5
Welcome to Google+ by Trevor MacInnis: http://goo.gl/T8HtW
New User Orientation links compiled by Dain Binder: http://goo.gl/Nd3tY
Google Plus 101: How to Get Started blog by Rana Shahbaz: http://goo.gl/jB8zP
Google+ Starter Pack by Ahmed Zeeshan: bit.ly/gpstarter
Transitioning from Facebook to G+ by Ahmed Zeeshan: bit.ly/gb_fb
How to Upload Your Address Book of contacts by Paul Lindner: http://goo.gl/BKzJZ
Infographic Comparing Features of G+, FB, & Twitter by Blogging Innovation: http://goo.gl/IndXV

MORE DETAILED GUIDES and G+ INFO:

How Do I Make the Most of G+ by Alan Henry from Lifehacker: http://goo.gl/rlLjR
The Complete Guide to G+ by Mashable's Ben Parr: http://mashable.com/2011/07/16/google-plus-guide/
40 Google+ Tips and Tricks for Power Users by PCWorld: http://goo.gl/huxPF
Collaborative Google Doc Google+ Manual: http://bit.ly/gplus-tips
Unofficial Google+ Wiki by Szabolcs Feczak: http://www.wikigpl.us/
GooglePlusTips Wiki by Tangient LLC: http://googleplustips.wikispaces.com/
Local SEO Guide's Google+ Tips & Shortcuts by Andrew Shotland: http://goo.gl/6AGKD
Google+ Resources: Guides/Tips/Tutorials by Joe Sabado: http://joesabado.com/2011/07/google-resources/
Google+ | The Early Adopter's Guide by Ahmed Zeeshan: http://goo.gl/5ZWix
Google+ Survival Guide for Photographers by Colby Brown: http://goo.gl/Q2VDY
G+ Tips Compilation by Akasha Tsang: http://goo.gl/oHxeQ

MANAGING PHOTOS:

Official Picasa Web Albums FAQ - Free storage limits: http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=1224181
Google+ Terms of Service illustrated explanation by Ryan Estrada: http://goo.gl/oWJ00
Additional Information on G+ Licensing Terms by Vincent Mo and tech lawyer Denise Howell: http://goo.gl/92xwm
Ways to Transfer Photos from Facebook to Google+ by Johnathan Chung: http://goo.gl/vBrl6
How to Rearrange the Order of Photos in an Album by Ryan Estrada: http://goo.gl/QCyQ2
Prevent Ordering of Prints or Downloading of Images tip from Cora Reed: http://goo.gl/A6BGB
Easy 1-minute Tutorial on How to share a single photo on GooglePlus by James Lawson-Smith.
G+ Profile Panorama by Raphael Wildhaber automatically creates a picture panel for your "About" page: http://perspectivus.com/GooglePlusPanoramaBanner/index.php
Choose or Create Your Own G+ Banner: http://bannerspl.us/9447348557/the-hug
Fast Action Guide to Photosharing on G+ by Enrique Gutierrez: http://nrek.co/technology/fast-action-guide-to-photo-sharing-on-google/
Create a Quick G+Fan Profile Picture: http://turhan.me/+me/

MANAGING CIRCLES:

Dividing, Nesting, & Prioritizing Circles by Ahmed Zeeshan: http://bit.ly/gpcircles
Quick way to remove large numbers of duplicate entries from multiple circles by Johnathan Chung: http://goo.gl/FbAbj

HANGOUTS:

Where to Hangout at Google+ - Announce or schedule a public Hangout: http://www.gphangouts.com/
Hangout Party - Public broadcast of hangouts with chat: http://hangoutparty.com/
Hangouts Finder by Bryan Bamford: http://hangoutsfinder.com/
Google+ Cooking School by Lee Allison: http://gpluscookingschool.com/

ADVANCED Hangout Tips:
Programs that allow 2 simultaneous videos to be shared of computer desktop & person (e.g., for teaching tutorials) are ManyCam for Windows, ScreenFlow or CamTwist for Mac, and WebCamStudio for Linux: https://plus.google.com/117131320813354732027/posts/7KBUrKAdiaR
How to Connect Multiple Hangout Sessions to increase user capacity by Mohamed Mansour: http://goo.gl/5SJ7C

WAYS TO FIND G+ PEOPLE, NEWS, and STATS: (More detailed overview here: http://bit.ly/gplus-people)

GPlusSearch by Rich Knight. Search G+ posts, G+ profiles, Buzz, & Google Reader for specific content: http://gplussearch.com/
Social Statistics - Top People and Most Popular Posts by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten: http://socialstatistics.com/
FindPeopleOnPlus Directory searchable by demographic information: http://www.findpeopleonplus.com/
GPeep People Search by region, country, job, and other tags: http://www.gpeep.com/
Unofficial Google+ Recommended Users - Discover people to follow: http://www.recommendedusers.com/
Group.as - Find popular people grouped by interest: http://www.group.as/
Women of G+ founded by Lynette Young: http://www.womenofgplus.com/
Google+ Counter Hall of Fame and Top Followed by Ralf Rottmann: http://googlepluscounter.com/ or http://gpc.fm
G+ Top Users & Pluserati News by AllTop: http://pluserati.alltop.com/
Unofficial Google+ Blog with G+ News & Tips: http://googlepluses.blogspot.com/
Plus Weekly News: http://plusweek.ly/
G+ Insider Guide by Wonder How To: http://googleplus.wonderhowto.com/
Circle Count features Top 100 G+ users, an A-Z directory (> 2 million profiles), world map, and G+ stats: http://www.circlecount.com/
FindYourPlus is another A-Z directory to meet people from around the world: http://findyourplus.com/
Google Plus Toolbox: http://www.gplustoolbox.com/
Google+ Plusalyzer - Analytics by BuzzRank (alpha stage): http://plus.buzzrank.de/

LISTS OF PEOPLE:

Share This Circle is a repository for sharing lists of G+ people by Daniele Zanni: http://sharethiscircle.com/
PlusOnes list of employees at Google (updated from Craig Kanalley's list), IBM, Dell, & Foursquare: http://plusones.in/
List of Google Community Managers (not just G+) provided by Natalie Villalobos: http://goo.gl/6gf01
Facebook Employees list compiled by Craig Kanalley: http://goo.gl/daZOX
Huffington Post Employees list compiled by Craig Kanalley: http://goo.gl/7IY4m
Twitter Employees list compiled by David Eckoff: http://goo.gl/eMh9x
80 Users Google+ Photographers Need to Follow by Jarek Klimek: http://goo.gl/j1uDe
Huge List of Over 2,300 G+ Photographers: http://bit.ly/gplus-photographers
Google Spreadsheet of Psychologists & Neuroscientists on G+: http://goo.gl/BMqRu
Google Spreadsheet of hosts, employees, & fans of the TWiT community started by Chris Porter: http://goo.gl/Z0mOi
Google Spreadsheet of Science Writers on G+ started by Dr. Kiki Sanford: http://goo.gl/ieabL
List of Artists on Google+ by Jonathan Chandler: http://goo.gl/WmSal
List of Poets on Google+ by Susan Taylor Brown: http://goo.gl/Xv5ya
Cause+ Collection of People & Organizations Doing Good on G+: http://causepl.us/

EXTENSIONS & TOOLS: (More options can be found in Detailed Guides above)

Ten 3rd-party Google+ Profile Link Shorteners: http://gplus.to , http://plus.ly , http://topl.us/ , http://goplus.us/ , http://zipl.us/ , http://dirpl.us/ , http://gplusnick.com/ , http://mygpl.us , http://circule.me (Spanish) , http://www.myplus.name/
PlusYa G+ profile link shortener with analytics & tracking tools: http://plusya.com/
Unofficial Google+ User Feed by Russell Beattie: http://plusfeed.appspot.com/
Quick Hangouts provides a static list of available hangouts in the right-hand column instead of in the Stream: http://goo.gl/xMkTa
Hangouts Auto Try Again by Mohamed Mansour automatically retries to enter a jam-packed hangout: http://goo.gl/DTrbm
15 Chrome Extensions for Google+ by Blognotes: http://goo.gl/h9iEz
Extensions+ Google Doc compiled by Mana Ionescu: http://goo.gl/Xbkww
Google++ Extensions Golden View by Micah Wittman: http://wittman.org/google-plus-extensions/
Exodus to G+ by Jack Carter & Albert Nichols: http://cirbio.com/exodus/index.php
How to Redirect Your Own Personal Domain to Your G+ Profile Page by Daniel Sandler (advanced tip): http://goo.gl/BfMNF

SUGGESTIONS & FEEDBACK:

Use the Send Feedback button in the lower right-hand corner of your browser.
Bookmarklet to include interactive elements & drop-down menus like the Share box in your feedback by Matthias Ernst: http://goo.gl/L2AYM
Offical Known Issues Page for reporting problems or bugs: https://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?page=known_issues.cs
Unofficial Feature Requests can be voted on here: https://www.google.com/moderator/#16/e=9fe9f
Ideas for Integrating G+ with Gmail can be sent to Manager of Gmail Development, Mark Striebeck: http://goo.gl/vuarH
How to Conduct a Poll on Google+ by Dain Binder: http://goo.gl/PJhI5

PRIVACY:

21 Google+ Privacy Tips: The Ultimate Guide by Craig Kanalley: http://goo.gl/iNRzL
6 Steps to Configuring Privacy infographic by ZoneAlarm: http://imgur.com/zs0aU
Official Data Liberation Blog - Can export +1's from websites (+1's from the Stream and comments will be coming in the future): http://dataliberation.blogspot.com/2011/07/something-new-on-google-takeout-menu-1s.html
How to Backup Google+ Data Using Takeout by Kim Sherrell: http://goo.gl/arWdF
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27 comments
 
Great list, very helpful! Thank you! Oh, and just wondering... have you seen Technogran's Tittle Tattle guides that +Technogran - has been putting together, from a grandmother's point of view of G+? :-)
 
Thanks to +Ryan Crowe for passing the information along. Keep those tips rolling in :)

+Adele Shakal You're welcome. And no, I haven't seen Technogran, but now I have :) I'll be sure to follow her posts too.

+txvoodoo . Glad you find it to be useful. There are so many links to keep track of!
 
Thanks everyone. This really was more of a collaborative effort consisting of all the aforementioned people who created, mixed, edited, compiled, and re-shared the content for all to enjoy and benefit from :)

+Craig Kanalley Thank you for assembling some of those G+ resources and for the valuable insight you bring to us regularly via the Huffington Post. The information you've disseminated has been indispensable, including the helpful employee lists of people on G+, the 15 Tips for Newbies guide, & the most recent one on managing privacy settings. Much appreciated.
 
I am going to have to add another circle or two! Thanks!
 
Doing the same here, got a bookmark folder just for G+
 
My regards to +Johnathan Chung for bring Google-resources to everyone. I will remember you for your little-favour to me by making this post public.
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