If you have a Google ID and want to be part of Google+ which is the next big social networking site on the net, here is a complete guide on how to get started. When you enter Google+, the first question you will be asked is if you want to link your Picasa Web Album to your Google+ account. If you wish to share your photos and videos with other people on your network, you can agree to link the two. The next page will greet you and guide you to your profile.
Create Your Google Profile
Click on the black bar on the top part of the screen so you can view your profile and edit the information you wish to. You can also alter the privacy settings for the different circles of people who are on your list on this page itself. Once you have filled in the details you like, you can continue to your profile and have a look at what it looks like before moving on to check your updates on the Posts tab.
When you want to add people to your Google+, an easy way to go about it is to choose the Show All option on the Suggestions sidebar. Here you will be able to find all your friends who are already using Google+ and add them to your circles. If you want to add a friend who is not on the list of suggestions, use the Find and Invite tab to do so.
With the help of this feature, you can organize your connections on Google+ a lot better. The networking site offers you some default circles including Family, Friends, Acquaintances and Following. You could also create a new circle by hovering over the Drop Here section. All you need to do to put different people into different circles is drag them over to the desired section.
Tweak Your Settings
To tweak your settings, you will have to click on the Options tab located on the black bar at the top of the screen. Go through the notifications you receive, information you share via photos and geographical location, auto approval of tags and change them according to what you want to share and what you don’t.
Stream Your Updates
When you return to your home page after setting up your profile, you will receive a stream of updates from all the people in your circles. If you want, you can view all the updates at once or go through them circle by circle. A down arrow next to each arrow will give you the option to share, report as abuse or block a certain connection’s updates.
Chat and Hang out with Friends
A sidebar on the left of your Google+ account will show you the connections that are online for chat or video chat. A green dot and a green video camera determine so respectively. Simply click on the name of the person you want to chat with and start talking! Google is an ever-growing enterprise and keep updating their features from time to time. As and when newer features emerge on Google+, their Help Section should be sufficient for all your queries.