Welcome to the Neighborhood – Getting Started w/ G+ Series "Settings" Time to Build a Privacy Fence!
Our trip through the hallways of the new Google+ campus has been full of useful information and helpful tips. One of our last stops on the tour is Settings. We have all encountered the little gear icon across platforms in the past, and if you haven’t don’t worry, the new Settings can be located by opening up the Navigation menu to the left of the screen.
Once you have the Settings panel open, you’ll see a great many options available for you to customize. This is the nerve center where Google+ is crafted to fit your specifications. All of the choices you make here will directly affect your Google+ experience, so take the time to look each one over before making a selection.
The first section is listed as General
settings. It includes who can send you notifications, who can comment on your public posts, and who can see your +1 activity. These are pretty basic choices, but they can have an enormous impact on your Google+ streams. Here’s what the choices look like:
There are also reminders that you can check your comments, posts, and +1s in the Activity Log, and switch back to Classic Google+ if you’re having trouble finding something. You may find switching between the two versions to be a handy way of learning the interface. I do it all the time!
The next panel you’ll see is one labeled Photos and Videos Shared on Google+
This is where you can check to see if the photos and videos you upload to Google+ have location data included as the default. Modern cameras and smartphones use GPS to add location to the image’s data. You can also choose to allow viewers to download your images and videos for their own use, and even control whether or not Google can use your uploads as backgrounds in their own marketing campaigns.
panel is the next one on our list. As you can see, it has quite a number of choices to make that will directly affect the way your profile is found and how it looks to visitors once they arrive. Other than the two options available to see who is viewing you and how many times, the entire panel is devoted to the way your profile will appear to others. The options are pretty self-explanatory, so don’t worry about consequences here. You can always change your Settings at a later date. Note: At this time there is no way to view your profile as some else, so if you’d like to see what it looks like after changing Settings just open up a different browser and go to Google+ then search your name. You’ll get to see exactly what the world sees.
panel in Settings gives you the ability to adjust the way your Google+ page is displayed and whether or not animations are used in your stream. One of the reasons these types of options are available is related to battery life in mobile devices. Most animations use much more processing power than standard images and text, so phones and tablets have to work harder in order to display them correctly. This inevitably leads to frustration, so take some time to think about how you’ll use Google+ with mobile devices and what type of device and battery you’re dealing with. Some will stand up to the extra drain better than others.
panel, though seemingly complex with so many choices, is quite simple to get through. All you need to decide is how and when you want to hear about the happenings on Google+. Take a look at the options available and you’ll get the idea. Do you want your phone notifying you every time one of your friends +1s a post of yours? Or do you need to know when someone has commented on your post about cookies? All of these choices are purely personal, and may change as you get more familiar with the platform; or once you get overloaded with +1s of the “little cat in a stroller” picture you posted yesterday.
The last four panels – Location Sharing, Privacy, Advanced Settings, Other
– are basically one-option elements that control very specific items. Location Sharing
feeds into the Photos and Videos Shared on Google+
section we discussed earlier. It just boils down to whether you want people to know where you’ve been and where you are. Privacy
is as simple as it sounds. You can clear your Google+ search history and manage your activity across other Google products. Advanced Settings
allows you to enable circle stream in navigation, and Other
lets you share endorsements on the platform. Pretty straightforward don’t you think?
The last thing on the Settings page is the Google+ self-destruct sequence: Account
This option allows you to delete your Google+ profile, but why on Earth would you want to do that? Google+ is a great place to be and it’s only getting better with each passing day. So, steer clear of that BIG RED BUTTON (though it’s not actually big or red or a button) at the bottom of the page, and keep on enjoying all the incredible content, ideas, and people you can find on Google+!
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