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Welcome to Google+
Get started with this overview
5 things you should know when joining Google+
Join communities. It is hard to be noticed when you are just starting and do not have many followers. Communities already have people in it.
If you need more information, you can also explore my community New to Google+. No need to join to read the articles.
Have fun!

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How to post privately in G+

How to post privately in G+
Remove all references to circles, communities or collections and leave only the name of the person you want to communicate with.

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Community invitations via link
There is a new way to promote your community.
With great power comes great responsibilities and a few headaches too.
Just like posting at the door of an event: Come in! Party inside!
It will surely make it popular, buy you might need to kick a few people out after they got in. Enjoy!
Invite all the right people to your Communities all at once

Communities are a great way for groups of people to share around a topic. But when you’re creating a Community for a group you’re a part of, like a book club, parent-teacher association, or work team, the last thing you want to have to do is invite each member one-by-one.

Since so many groups already have a way to get ahold of one another, whether that’s through email, chat, a newsletter or something else, we’ve created a new Community invite link so you can invite all the right people at once.

Community owners and moderators can share an invite link with their group however they choose. People with the link will be able to directly join both private and ask-to-join public Communities, and anyone who doesn’t have a Google account or Google+ profile will be able to create one along the way. Communities that are restricted to a given G Suite organization will continue to only be accessible to members of that organization.

If something changes, you can easily disable a shared link or generate a new one at any time. To share an invite link to your Community, just open the invite menu on Google+ web, turn on the “Allow invites by link” option, and grab the link that appears.


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Google Plus Alphabet 2017
The last time I shared the alphabet was 2014. I spent some time today updating it to reflect changes in the last 3 years.
It's hard to answer what Google Plus is about without writing a book. Check list for beginners.
A dd a profile photo.
B uild an interesting profile.
C reate collections to highlight your interests.
D on’t be a spammer.
E ngage with others by giving +1s and commenting on their posts.
F ollow people who post content that you want to read.
G reat posts should be reshared to increase the visibility of quality content.
H ashtags help people find your posts. 3 per post are enough. Don’t over do it.
I mages are important to grab attention. Respect copyrights.
J oin communities.
K eep your Google account protected.
L ive it up with Google+
M oderation is a responsibility that comes with owning a community.
N otify others by mentioning (+name). Do not abuse.
O rganize events.
P osts in public communities are visible to everyone (not just members).
R eview your settings. That’s how you control your experience in G+.
S trangers that follow you are a good thing. Don’t block them for following.
T o view individual circle streams you have to activate the option in settings.
U nder 18? Comments on your public posts are limited by default. Check settings.
V iew your G+ stats. Look for “your influence” in your profile (under 3 dots)
W ould you like to know what others think? Create a poll.
X rated content in G+ is a policy violation. Report it and block the poster.
Y our opinion as a G+ user is important. Send feedback.
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Events are back
Added to the main menu
Events in New Google+ Web
By popular demand, we're rolling out Events on the new Google+ Web experience today. This is the existing Events experience from Google+ Classic, now available in the new Google+ Web app.

As always, please send us your ideas/issues using our Send Feedback menu item as that's the best way to ensure we'll see them. Thanks~ 

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Know your influence
This is a new feature in G+ that will give you some stats on your posts reach.
1. Web only from your profile. So in mobile you have to change to desktop view and go to then choose the 3 dots between about and edit profile.
2. It's for your eyes only. There is no way for others to see your influence (unless you share a screenshot).
3. It's no ripples. You can see the stats from reshares but not who are the influencers (the people driving the increase in your stats through reshares).
For more information go to the original post

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Next week there will be only one G+ left
There is no way to explain all the differences in one single post. Today it was announced that the old Google+ (Classic) will no longer be available.
Also Events are coming back soon.
New option to see all comments or try to eliminate the ones that are just clutter.
And zoom in photos is back.
For the complete announcement


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Having problems with porn/smut?
Read the article below by Robert Wallis.
Google+ is great because it does not require permission to follow anyone, but unfortunately that exposes you to people who post explicit material. Popular communities with very little moderation are an excellent target for spam bots.

Sexually Explicit Material (porn) on +Google+

Here's why you may see sexually explicit material in your home stream. Plus what to do (and not do) about it.

Why am I seeing porn in my stream?

The most common reason is that you are a member of an unmoderated, or poorly moderated community.

Spammers target unmoderated communities specifically because there is no one moderating posts.

If you are seeing unsavory posts for this reason you should leave the community:

Help reduce exposure of posts which break the terms of service.

If you "manage" or own a large public community you can turn on the Hold for Review feature: which prevents unmoderated posts from untrusted members being seen by community members.

You should report posts from the three dot post menu. You can follow that up by blocking and banning the offending profile.

What NOT to do.

You should not interact with posts that break the terms of service.
▶ Do not comment.
▶ Do not share or link to these post.
Doing so amplifies reach and helps the spammer.

User Content Policy: 

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Highly recommended
Google Hangouts FREE webinar
Learn from a Top Contributor (expert)

Join me and +Peggy K (Google Top Contributor Expert) as we explore Google Plus . We will cover some basic things and some very useful functional things.

Wednesday Dec. 7th at 8:15pm Eastern / 5:15pm Pacific)

Even if you can't make the live event be sure to register, you can come back and watch ANYTIME. Also, if you register now you can add comments in the unified chat and we will bring it up on screen during the Event.

NOTE: When you register you get an email that allows you to add this event to your Outlook or Google calendar

Please share this in any Community or Collection you think folks would be interested. Or share with friends you have that just aren't sure How Google Plus works.

Hope to see you soon!

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What is spam?
No, it's not just advertising.
I recommend you read the original post by +John Skeats which provides a very detailed explanation.
I am adding a short summary.
It's not just about what you post (content), but the way you post (frequency, amount).
Spam is delivering content to people who don't want to read about it. So posting in a community with an unrelated topic is spam. Comments unrelated to the post is spam. Posting the same post all over the place is spam. Posting every few minutes is spam.
There might be lots of reasons why you think the content you are publishing should be read by everyone. Still that is no justification for spamming.
If people want to read your content, they will make sure that they don't miss it. It's not your mission to make them read it.
Understanding Spamming on Google+

A lot of people find themselves in trouble on Google+ because they have serious misunderstandings about spamming. Let me start with two of the most common misunderstandings and then get to the facts about what spamming is. I'll close with the "secret" to avoid being flagged as a spammer.

Misconception #1: Spamming involves sharing promotional content.
The most common misconception -- and the one that leads many people who have no intention to spam to be flagged as spammers -- is that spamming involves sharing promotional content. Who the content (a post or comment) is shared with, how content is shared, and the overall sharing behavior of the person sharing the content play a much greater role in determining whether content is viewed as spam or not. Any post (even this one) could be spam.

Misconception #2: You can determine what is or is not spam simply by looking at it.
This comes down to the same point as Misconception #1: the fact that spamming is generally determined by how content is shared, who the content is shared with, and the overall behaviors of the person sharing the content. You can sometimes recognize that content is spam based on its context (e.g., an off-topic post shared in a community), but you cannot determine that a post is not spam by looking at it even in context. For example, you cannot tell by looking at this post whether I shared it excessively in a spammer-like manner, which would make it spam. You therefore cannot judge by simply looking at a flagged post whether the Google+ spam filters flagged the post appropriately or not.

Misconception #3: Political and religious posts are treated differently by the spam filters.
People with all political views and from all religions often complain that their posts on those subjects are being flagged because of their political or religious views. That's not true. The reasons for their posts being flagged are the issues discussed in the remainder of this post, all of which are conspicuously apolitical and non-denominational.

What is spamming?
At the highest level, spamming is delivering unwanted content to significant numbers of people. It is generally not about what the content itself is other than to the degree that the content is delivered to people who do or do not want to receive it.

Assuming a post doesn't violate any other rules, it might be perfectly fine when shared with one audience but spam when shared with others. It might even be perfectly fine if shared one way with an audience but spam if shared in different manner. Or a post might be perfectly fine if shared individually with different audiences but become spam if shared with all of them. On top of that, a person's overall sharing behavior could make whatever they might share at that moment unwanted.

Let's assume for the remaining discussion that we are talking about a great post that doesn't violate any of the rules in Google’s User Content and Conduct Policy ( other than the spamming rule.

Sharing that hypothetical post with specific circles, a collection, or Public would not be spamming unless options I will mention in the next two paragraphs were selected. Sharing the post in a community could be either perfectly acceptable or spamming depending on whether the post complies with the community's rules. (Remember that each community has its own rules in addition to Google's rules.) The community's rules are a consideration because community posts are presented to all members of a community. Members joined the community with the expectation that they would receive only posts through the community that comply with the community's rules. Therefore, any post delivered to the members through the community that violates the rules is implicitly unwanted by the membership -- and therefore spam.

As I said, there are options in classic Google+ that one can choose which can make sharing the same post with the same audience a form of spamming. If you select the option to send emails when sharing a non-community post in classic Google+, that runs a high risk of changing acceptable sharing into spamming. Without that option, your posts will be displayed only to people who follow you. They made the decision to follow you, so that's okay unless there are more general issues (which I'll talk about in a moment). Selecting that option, however, can force emails and notifications to people who might not want to receive them. It's spamming if you trigger unwanted emails or notifications, so using that option can lead you to being flagged for spamming.

A similar problem would occur if you were to add Extended circles, Your circles, or the names of specific circles when sharing with Public in classic Google+. That can also trigger unwanted notifications to anyone in the groups you added to Public -- and therefore be spamming.

Fortunately, both of the possibilities I just mentioned have been eliminated in the new Google+ to avoid the problems I discussed.

The next problem involves the same post being delivered to the same people multiple times. No one (at least virtually no one) wants to see the same content repetitively. The issue with sharing content with multiple audiences each of whom it might have been reasonable to share a post with arises when there is overlap in the audiences. Sharing the same post to multiple collections or communities is an issue because there is a very high probability that the same people follow more than one of a person's collections or are members of the same communities the poster wants to share to. As a result, those people could see one instance of the post for each of the collections or communities the post was shared with. That's just as bad as if you explicitly shared the same post with them multiple times -- and therefore considered to be a form of spamming.

Yet another issue relates to the fact that virtually no one wants to see their Home streams or the streams of the communities they join dominated by posts by a single individual. Therefore, the sheer volume of posts one shares can become a spamming issue. When a person shares too many posts in too short a period of time -- even if they might be shared with what appear to be different audiences, it presents a high probability that people would see an excessive number of posts by that person, which would be perceived as spamming.

Note that while I have spoken thus far about sharing "the same post," all of the above applies to sharing posts that are substantially similar. Making relatively minor changes to posts doesn't prevent them from being perceived as being the same -- and therefore as spam -- by recipients. The same applies when people include similar blocks of text frequently. This is especially true if the blocks of text contain the same or substantially similar links (e.g., links to different posts in the same blog). One common practice that gets people into trouble this way is including a "signature block" in their posts because they can be picked up by the spam filters as substantially similar content.

I have focused primarily on posts thus far, but there are still other things that can lead to a person being viewed as a spammer:
* Sharing the same or substantially comments too frequently -- because the same people are likely to see the repetition.
* Excessive commenting in a community -- again, because no one wants to see a community dominated by one individual.
* Excessive +1ing -- because one's +1s become meaningless when used excessively. It also appears to Google as an attempt to manipulate rankings.

How to avoid being flagged as a spammer
The secret for avoiding being flagged for spamming lies in the statement I made about spamming earlier: "At the highest level, spamming is delivering unwanted content to significant numbers of people." The most important word in that sentence is "unwanted." You have to look at sharing from the eyes of the recipients.

It doesn't matter that you want to share a message. It matters whether the recipients will welcome that message. That means not only whether they would welcome the message overall but whether they would welcome another instance of the message (if you were sharing it repeatedly) and whether they would welcome it in the context of other things you might have shared recently. If the answer is "no" to any of those conditions even for just a few recipients), sharing the post or comment would be spamming -- so don't share it (or at least don't share it at that moment). 
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