An Illustrated Guide to How Google+ Works

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BLUE PHOENIX – Unless you’ve been living under a rock/without an Internet hook-up, you’re well aware that most of the wired world has been stirred into a frenzy over Google+ (or Google Plus), which people are saying could be Google’s real solution to pulling the rug out from under Facebook.

Unlike Google Buzz or Google Wave, Google+ is actually fairly simple to use. One Blue Phoenix Media staffer was lucky enough to get an invite before Google decided to halt invites due to soaring demand. He even let us doctor it up and slap that fancy BPM logo on there. Although, it should also be noted that Google+ isn’t set up for corporate functionality. At least not in the way previous platforms were. Read this great write up at PCWorld.

Anyway, what do those numbers mean?

Where Things Go


1. This is where your profile picture goes.

2. When you make new connections on Google+, this is where their profile pictures are displayed.

3. This is where you write a quick bio about who you are and what you do.

4. This is where you list a couple of the things you’re most proud of.

5. This is where you list how you pay your bills.

6. This is where you list ways in which people can contact you–obviously at Home and Work.

7. There are different channels–and so you can upload content like Photos, Videos, things you’ve +1ed across the web, and frankly, a last-ditch attempt for Google to make Buzz happen.

8. This is where you can showcase links, like your portfolio or your homepage.

How Your Connections Fit In

This is actually what gives Google+ a very competitive edge to Facebook. See how it breaks all your connections into neat circles? What that does is make sure when you’re sharing content, different content is being shared with different circles.

Facebook has yet to allow users the option to segment their Friends list and this is what might make Google+ catch on. You’ll also notice Google+ gives you an option to filter out people you don’t want to share any content with the BLOCKED circle.

The Homescreen

As you can see, Google+ has learned not only from the misfires of Buzz and Wave, but also from those of Facebook. The end result is something that’s clean, simple, and pretty promising.

Originally published on the Blue Phoenix Network blog; reprinted with permission and glee.

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