30 Google+ Tips to Enhance Your Google Plus Experience

by Mayur on July 1, 2011

in Google, Internet, Tips 'n' Tricks

Google has finally rolled out Google+ which is not yet another service like Google Wave and Buzz, but is an amazing and power packed social networking website which is deemed to rise very high and compete with today’s biggies ‘Facebook and Twitter’.

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I tried out Google+ after getting an invite and found it really interesting, may it be its simple and cool design or the variety of features it offers. One has to accept that Google has done some really good and hard work in bringing out Google+. After all, it was their long time wish to have a Google Social Network that can dominate over the web.

# Here are some useful Google+ Tips shared by Matt Cutts and users who responded to Matt’s post at Google+. All these tips are handy and let you experience the actual power of Google+ (PLUS). Check them below:

1. Click on Profile pictures to rotate through them.

2. Click ‘j‘ to navigate down to the next item or ‘k‘ to navigate up when checking the stream using keyboard.

3. To add formatting to your text, use the simple trick below.

  • (*)bold(*):  Add * before and after the message.
  • (_)italics(_):  Add _ before and after the message.
  • (-)strike-through(-):  Add - before and after the message.

For example: *Hello* _everyone_ -Mayur- will appear as shown below:

4. Click on “Limited” next to the timestamp to find out the actual list of persons with whom you are sharing a particular post.

5. Add a + or @ signal to mention someone specifically in a post.

6. Click on the Timestamp to get the permalink (web URL) of any post.

7. Share your post with Public or Circle/Circles only. You can even share a post with an individual by typing their name or email address. A very useful one!

8. What’s more, you can even edit the photos uploaded by you. It’s easy and flawless.

Open any picture uploaded by you or visit the gallery. Select Actions > Edit photo.

Then improve your not so good photos by adding some smart effects to them in a click.

Read: Why the Built-In Photo Editor on Google+ Rocks

9. Unlike Gmail, you can Resize the Chat Box in Google+. To do so, just drag the box by its corner or sides.

10. If you’re annoyed with some post that is getting lots of comments and thus irritating you with notifications. Just Mute the post. You can even Block any person and can Report Abuse against him.

11. Set Options for any post made by you by clicking the grey drop-down ‘Options’ icon. You can choose to Edit it, Delete it, Disable comment or Disable Resharing a post.

12. Tired of receiving notifications for a particular post you made or commented on? Just hit “Mute this post” to get rid of it.

13. Share a post or check notifications on Google+ directly from within Gmail account without opening a separate webpage for Google+. Now that’s seamless integration. :)

14. See how your profile appears to others – Input his/her username, select Edit profile, make the alterations to your profile only for that specific person. Something unique!

15. While on the Home tab, press twice the q key on the keyboard to search and add people to your chat list. (Press q 2nd time after a gap of sec).

16. Hitting Enter when focused on a Post opens up the comment box.

17. Set delivery preferences and tick mark desired entries under “Receive Notifications”. Visit this link to edit the settings: https://plus.google.com/settings/plus

18. What’s that Incoming option under Stream? "Incoming" stream is stuff from people who are sharing with you, but who you haven’t added to a circle.

19. Give feedback – Found any bug or have a tip to suggest? Just click Send feedback from lower right corner, cool part is you can highlight the faulty area and report about it.

20. Trick to Invite anyone to Google+ even if you don’t have invites – Make a post, Share it with that person using his email address. Then ask him to click Learn more about Google+ in the received email. On opening it, he would be able to Join Google+.

Update – Check more New Tips below:

21. New Bonus Tip – How to Enable Email Feature on your Google+ Profile

22. Use the Scroll wheel of your mouse to Navigate through the Photos in the gallery.

23. Enable Chat for CirclesHow to Chat with People in your Google+ Circle

24. Drag and Drop Photos, Videos and Links directly to post box from your desktop.

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Tip credit: Gerard Sanz

25. Manage how People from your Circles appears to everyone on your Profile – Open your Google+ profile and edit it. Then click the round black-grey icon and select the desired options. You can also choose to hide the “Have you in Circles” box.

manage circle box

Tip credit: Dave Bort

26. Make +1 Tab Public – The +1 tab on your Google+ profile is disabled by default to be seen by anyone else, i.e. only you can see that tab. To make it public, visit your profile > Edit profile. Click on +1’s  tab and tick mark the option ‘Show this tab on my profile’. Now everyone would be able to see the +1s by you. (It only lists the +1s that you’ve done on any webpage outside of Google+).

make +1 tab public

Tip credit: Alex Williams

27. Alternate links to access Google Plus – Besides http://plus.google.com, Google+ can be accessed from http://google.com/+ or http://google.com/plus and from http://m.google.com/plus on mobile phones.

Tip credit: Kanda

28. Set the privacy setting for Gender on your Google+ Profile – Google+ now allows you to control who sees your gender on your Google+ Profile. Just open your profile, select Edit profile, tap on Gender option and choose whom you want to make it visible for.

edit gender visibility

29. Report Abuse or Remove Comments – Seems this option wasn’t present originally and has been added recently. It is very useful, might come handy when someone spams on your post or make derogatory comments. You can report abuse or remove any desired comment. This option appears only when there is a comment on any post made by you.

Report or remove comments

30. Rename albums in Google+ – Google Plus has recently added the functionality to rename photo albums right in Google+. To do so, navigate to Photos > Your albums > click an album and click on the album title. Voila! Edit the album title.

Rename albums_Googleplus

Tip credit: Vincent Mo

Also See: Best Google+ Extensions for Chrome

Also See: Google+ Web App – Adds Google+ to Chrome’s New Tab

Thanks to Matt Cutts and various responders for sharing most of these cool tips.

>> If you’re on Google+ then you can add me to your Circle. [My Google+ Profile]

>> Do post your comments below and share this post with your Google+ friends. :)

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{ 103 comments… read them below or add one }

sandesh sharma July 1, 2011 at 5:53 am

Please can you invite me for google +. MY email address is sandeshuk@yahoo.com

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Omkar July 1, 2011 at 6:27 am

Nice Post. But #14 says “See how your profile appears to others – Something unique!”.. It is nothing new and unique, since it is already available in Facebook from years.

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Mayur July 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

@Omkar Oh, I wasn’t aware about it. :)

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Rinsoy.N.R July 1, 2011 at 8:28 am

plz invite meeee

rinsoy@gmail.com

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Mayur July 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

@Rinsoy Invite sent, just click ‘Learn more about Google+’ in the email.

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Nitin Kumar Jain July 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

Awesome tips .. i am trying most of them now … I did not get to the image rotation one though …

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Mayur July 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

@Nitin If a person has set multiple photos for his profile then you can flip them by clicking the profile pic. Just check this Google+ profile for example: https://plus.google.com/107753428759636856492

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Abhishek Bhardwaj July 1, 2011 at 10:48 am

very nice and Informative post, learned a lot about Google+ : )

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Mayank July 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

Plz, send me an invitation to this Gmail ID – mayank.usui@gmail.com

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stiwa July 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm

very interesting

please send me an invite to test google + >> ryal24@gmail.com

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kurt July 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm

please send me an invite too…thx…

anusornn@gmail.com

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Ravi Shankar July 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Hey Mayur,

First of all thanks for the invite, coming to G+ its freakingly awesome and i am dying to try it out… will be here with a longer comment soon, for now i am of to try G+

Regards
Ravi

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Saeid July 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Please can you invite me for google +. MY email address is peratik [at] gmail (dot) com

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Rajesh July 2, 2011 at 2:09 am

Thanks. many of them are really useful. By the way, there is no invitation left in My Google + account.. I want to invite my friends.

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Panya July 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm
Mayur July 3, 2011 at 1:52 am

@Panya Nice way to hide email from Spam bots. :) Invite sent.

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Alex Garcia July 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

@Mayur @Omkar #14 Facebook had the view profile as another person forever but it was under privacy settings / view settings on the basic profile / preview profile and then the box to enter the name was there. As usual Facebook burying all the nice features that they claim to have. Google+ right in your profile no clicks. Very nice!!!!

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Michael LaFleur July 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Have invites been suspended? I haven’t heard anything from Google. My email is lafleur.michael at gmail.com . Thanks.

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Sunil J July 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Good to have everything in one place.. Have added you to Circle.

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Natasha Rene'e July 4, 2011 at 12:11 am

@Omkar…. facebook did have the “view profile as” feature, but Google+ allows you to customise your profile per person, which is something that facebook never really mastered. You could lock things from lists, but it was a very tedious process. Google+ has made it much more streamlined.

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Victor Sanchez Barrera July 4, 2011 at 12:32 am

Thanx. Tricks isn’t this a sign of bad usability?

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Michael Wolfinger July 4, 2011 at 2:49 am

Thanks for the collection. Managed to join Google+ a couple of days ago (big thanks to Paulina (@sitegefuehl). However all those ‘invite tricks’ seem dysfunctional: Although an email is sent to the specified address, once people click on the ‘learn more’ button, they get redirected to a 404 page :( Very disappointing.

Feel free to add me to you circles: http://bit.ly/kMOfXI
See my thoughts of Google+ at http://nerdlogbuch.posetrous.com [in German]

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Jurjen de Vries July 4, 2011 at 3:29 am

I like to have an invite to. Jurjendevries79 at gmail.com
Thanks a lot, also for this 25 tips

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Kermonk July 4, 2011 at 4:41 am

@Omkar
“Nice Post. But #14 says “See how your profile appears to others – Something unique!”.. It is nothing new and unique, since it is already available in Facebook from years.”

No. It hasn’t. This allows you to see specifically from one other user (Your mother, your boss, your ex) – because you can have a number of different groups of people who can or can not see – facebook is old hat in this area.

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boey July 4, 2011 at 9:56 am

Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

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Joao Scarpelini July 4, 2011 at 11:10 am

Thanks for the great tips Mayur.. I would like to get an invite and connect with you also on google+ my e-mail is jfscarpelini [at] gmail [dot] com thanks!!!

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funan July 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

Thank You! Great Tip’s :)

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sunil July 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Amaad Khan July 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Pls send me an invitation for the following id -

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Milan July 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Invite me to Google +

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Sanu July 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Plz. Invite me for google plus..

thanx in advance:-)

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perpipon July 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm

if someone still have an invite I’d be glad ;) perpipon at] g mail (dot) com

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kalpesh saraiya July 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm

please invite

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Kamrul July 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Guyz, Don’t post your email, this increases the chance of being spammed !

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Naresh July 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Hai Mayur! Awesome post covering google+ like an expert.
If possible send me a google+ invite to this email id: http://goo.gl/GGxnS

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Damian July 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Hej Mayur,

could you be so kind inviting me for google+project?

Thanks and regards

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Vishnu July 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm

im on GooGLe+ & now i want to know how can i create a GOOGLE+ name like
facebook.com/name

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Mayur July 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

@Vishnu Custom username or vanity URL option is not available currently. Google will introduce them soon!

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Mayur July 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Guys, you can request for invites but plz don’t post your email in comment. We get it automatically when you input the same in E-mail box. :)

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Naresh July 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Today I think your blog is having the most traffic. It is taking me nearly 10 minutes to post a comment. Every time getting some server error.
I think it is the time to shift hosting package.

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linda franco July 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Requesting invite please

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Hyder Mohammed July 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

@Mayur, There are many tricks doing round for registering @google+ with out any invite, why don’t you post one for your readers :-) BTW! nice article!

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Agima July 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Cool, I’m searching for an invite :-)

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Matt July 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I’ll take an invite if you have any left to give.

thanks,

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shankar July 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm

please invite me ..

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Ben July 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Hi,

i’m also interested by an invitation ( mail is correct this time)

Thanks

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Colin July 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

Please send me an invite; I’m a really nice person :)

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Mayur July 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

@Colin Invited. You will no more receive any email about it, just visit https://plus.google.com and see if you’re able to join in.

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Kelvin July 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Pls invite me…tks.

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Lenar Valeev July 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Please send me an invite!)
My e-mail: valeev.lenar@gmail.com

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dipankar roy July 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

pls invite me.

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Nikkie July 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Heya! Nice article dude. I tried to join but no luck. Anybody please send me an invite. Don’t wanna be left alone here! nikkie{dot}dj and u knw am {at}gmail{dot}com :) thnx in advance!

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S.Rippetoe July 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm
shenoyjoseph July 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm

enthusiast post even i don’t know how may features in Google plus but reading these articles i have found so many interesting features in Google plus and i start loving it. :)

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MattZ July 6, 2011 at 2:54 am

Great tips!

I really can’t wait to use Google+!!! Could you please invite me in?:P

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Olawale Daniel@SEO Tips July 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

This is great @Mayur. Nice tips :)

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Hossain Shahriar July 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Hey AWESOME post! can you invite me pls! thanks

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Luis Hernandes July 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hey guys!

Can someone invite me too? Please?? I’m a hardcore Google fanboy, I’m dying to try Google+!

Thanks!

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satyarth July 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm

invite me please

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Nazia July 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Wow its so cool, can you please invite me! thanks!

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Hossain Shahriar July 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Thanks a lot Mayur! :)

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Keir Hardie July 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Are 10 and 12 not the same?

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yash July 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Hey…yash here..
Exited abt g+…

Plz send me an invite..

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manmeet July 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

i m very very very excited to test google+… plzzzzzzzzz invite me……

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partha July 7, 2011 at 9:13 am

Hi Mayur…its too gud n informative..thanks…plz send an invite on partha.pratim.guria@gmail.com.

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Sahil Grover July 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

This website has provided me with lots of interesting stuff…. I so dsprtly wanna try g+, please send me an invite….. please, thnx in advnce

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surajit July 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Hi Mayur! Would you please send me an invitation! I so wanna use google+ , thanks…

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Deepak Kalindi July 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Please send me an invitation!my email id is dkdeepak6424@gmail.com

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John Clizbe July 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

Interesting, _ for italics? _ has traditionally meant underlining and italics has been marked by enclosing in pairs of /

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Rajib @ SEO for Blog July 10, 2011 at 12:49 am

Nice tips Mayur. Its really cool. Thanks for share.

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andre garra July 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

pls send me an invite email jagarra@gmail.com i soooo wanted to try it out.plssssss

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Konrad July 11, 2011 at 4:33 am

There’s another trick for you: in the circles editor, use the scroll wheel above a circle to see all contacts there.

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Jireh July 11, 2011 at 6:33 am

Nice posts! It was totally awesome when I tried it in Google+.

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onder July 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm

http://pluser.be Make short url for G+

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Mayur July 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm

@Keir Hardie They might look same but they aren’t because one CANT mute his/her own post with the option in tip #10. However, that can be done using the mute option in notifications as shown in tip #12. Could be same if you target someone else post. :)

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Omkar Chandrachud July 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

Hi,
Can you send me an invitation on omvisuals@gmail.com

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Tefl July 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm

looks great, id love to try it out.
would appreciate an invite.
Thanx

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Nguyen Hoang Long July 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm

@Omkar Chandrachud, : I just invited you, check your mail for invitation and have fun.

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zeefred July 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

How do I redirect an RSS Feed (From my blog for example) to my Google+ Status? Thanks ! :)

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Mayur July 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

@zeefred Google+ is not meant for this purpose, I hope this facility never comes to G+. There might be alternative ways though.

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Shyam Madhavan Sarada July 14, 2011 at 12:13 am

Great post and a useful crash course in G+ tricks. Thanks, Mayur!

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Jasna July 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

hi,
Nice post, how can get accessed on google+ after creating google profile.pls send an invitation

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Vicky July 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Hi Mayur…!!
Thanx for Sharing these tips..
Plz invite me, email id : v21.vky@gmail.com

thnx u so much…!!

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Nathalie July 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Hello

Would u mind if I translate your excellent article into French ? It will of course mention your article. Let me know through my email please if u don’t mind.
Thx! :)

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Jean-Marc Hensch July 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Very useful tipps, I had to take my time to work through it, but it really enhances my google plus experience. Thanks a lot

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Mol July 19, 2011 at 11:12 am

dkdeepak6424@gmail.com
Andre Josue Garra
omkar chandrachud
Vicky Rajput

All been invited :)

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Egor July 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Please! Invite!

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Marty July 27, 2011 at 2:27 am

Hi mol could you invite me to?

Tanks a lot for tour help :)

Regards

Marty

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Mayur July 27, 2011 at 3:22 am

@Egor and @Marty Invited :)

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Marty July 27, 2011 at 2:49 am

Tanks a lot !!!!

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ecank August 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

(*) 3rd feature is no more working. (*)

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ecank August 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Sorry, my mistake. :)

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James August 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm

We just launched a Google+ Directory and Short URL creator. We will soon be opening the full directory. Check it out: http://DirPl.us

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Wade Caristo August 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm

My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find almost all of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content for you? I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on many of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome web log!

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Lauren August 10, 2011 at 2:50 am

What great tips for new users! I especially love the “mute this post” option.

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lori August 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Great post – and some good tips. One I’d like to add is how you can pimp up your pop over people see when scrolling over your name. Just go to edit profile, then to employment, in first input box ONLY, you can put a large amount of text. If you are on G+ just scroll over my name – and let’s connect too https://plus.google.com/103788918112635947241 I have invites left. Just contact me via twitter and DM with your email address @lorirtaylor

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Saurabh Mukhekar September 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Really nice Tricks ,using it :)

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Markus November 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Thanx for Sharing, TOP Tipps =)

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Mahesh November 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

The permalink thing is same kind of as Twitter and Facebook having. Thanks for a list of Google Plus Tricks, will surely try one by one.

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Roku Reviews December 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

great post man. really liked the tips. Google+ is so rich in features that it takes to know all of it and your post was really helpful in finding them

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Rasheed ullah December 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thanks.Google.03332467669-03422208412

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seo January 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your content seem to be running off the screen in Safari. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The layout look great though! Hope you get the issue resolved soon. Cheers

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STEVER August 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

quite useful things, thx!

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