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19 Essential Google+ Resources


Already using Google+? Follow Mashable News for the latest about the platform’s new features, tips and tricks as well as our top social media and technology updates.

Google+ hit the news feeds like a strategic and popular ton of bricks. But we haven’t stopped there. In addition to breaking news, Mashable has provided how-tos and tools for maximizing your Google+ experience. We’ve sourced reviews from some of the network’s early adopters, and we’ve also welcomed your input as you navigate one of the most buzzworthy social outlets of the year.

Read on for Mashable‘s roundup of all resources Google+. Gather tips, analyze reviews, participate in polls and, as always, voice your thoughts in the comments below.


Google+ Tips, Tools and Talk



Screenshots: Inside Google+



Google+ Logo




This is the Google+ logo.


Google+ Icons




The Google+ icons. Starting top left and circling to the right: Circles, Hangouts, Home, Sparks, Profile, Photos.


New Google+ Navigation Bar




All Google sites will sport the new Google+ navigation bar. It includes notifications, profile information and content sharing options.


Google+ Stream




This is the Google+ Stream, where users share content and see what their friends are sharing. It is similar to the Facebook News Feed.


Google+ Circles




Google+ Circles is Google's version of the Facebook friend list or the Twitter List. Users can select multiple friends and drag-and-drop them into groups. This makes it easier to send stuff to friends, family or the entire world.


Google+ Circles Editor




This is the Google+ Circles editor in action. Google has created unique animations for adding and removing friends through HTML5.


Google+ Sparks




Google+ Sparks is Google's content recommendation and discovery engine. Users can search different topics and find relevant articles, videos and photos. Users can then share that content with their friends.


Google+ Hangouts




Google+ has a unique video chat feature called Hangouts, which lets you chat with up to 10 people at the ame time.


Google+ Photos




Google+ allows you to upload and share photos with your friends. It includes photo tagging and a simple browser-based image editor.


Google+ Profile




Google+ Profiles are like most profile pages -- it includes basic information about the user like interests, occupation and profile photos.

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