With more people becoming increasingly frustrated with Facebook, I wanted to make sure you all knew about Google+ and why this could be an easier way to stay connected with your family, friends and even websites you love.
Very few people have used it and right now, it seems like a ghost town. However, with Facebook continuing to reduce the amount of reach users have (forcing regular readers to pay to ensure their own updates reach all of their family and friends), Google+ is becoming more and more appealing. The problem is that many people have no idea how to actually use it, which is why they are not over there.
That’s why I wanted to help with a short tutorial on Google+, how to set it up and how to actually use it. Once you learn what you can do, you might find what I did and learn that it is just so much simpler to keep up with those you want to, quickly and easily — without worries that Google will hide the data you want to see!
UPDATE YOUR PROFILE
1. First of all, you must have a Google account set up. If you don’t have one, just take a minute to create one, as it is free.
2. Update your profile.
3. Once in your profile, click the large blue EDIT PROFILE button at the top of the page. You then click on the various parts of your profile which you would like to update. You can share as little or as much as you would like to. From this same screen, you can update your profile picture and even your cover photo.
I recommend that you upload at least an avatar, or you will have the blue ghost image on your page. This helps you seem more real and might help your family and friends to find you and interact with your more easily.
FIND PAGES TO FOLLOW
Now that you have your account set up, you need to find the pages you want to follow. You can do this by visiting the pages you like and clicking on their Google+ Link or by searching for them.
To search for your pages, you simply start to type the name of the page in the search bar. As you type the characters you will see pages come to the top like so:
You then click on the person you want and at the top of their page, click the RED FOLLOW button at the top of the page. When you click on this you will see that you can add the page to existing circles or even create at a new one.
You can create a circle for anything you would like. As you can see from my list I have one for friends, blogging, just general following, etc. You could make one for “Money Saving Sites” and then as you begin to follow pages, you can add them to your circle.
KEEPING UP WITH POSTS ON GOOGLE+
It is so simple to keep up with everyone on Google+. You simply hit the HOME button and you go to the most recent post from the page/person you are following. You can scroll through that list and find all of the posts — NOTHING IS LEFT OFF. If you follow 40 pages and they all make an update, you will see every single one of them. No worries that you will not keep up with those posts.
What is great is that you can even quickly check posts from the people you want to. When you click on the MORE menu from the top of your page, you can click on the circles you have created and you can quickly find the posts for those groups.
The choice is yours — but as I said above, you never miss out on any posts from your favorite sites!
As Facebook makes more and more changes, you will see your favorite pages moving to Google+. Penny Pinchin’ Mom is there and we are posting everything directly to this site as well. Make sure that you download the Google+ app on your electronic devices as well, so that you never miss out on any deals!
Of course, the simplest way to follow my website is to just put me in your favorites and visit the site. However, I want to make sure that I give you as many options to stay in touch with me as possible. That means you can choose Facebook, Twitter, Google+, the website and even our free daily email newsletter. With the holidays coming up and the deals getting fast and furious I don’t want you to miss out on a hot deal simply because it was hidden from your feed!
(Of course, if you really still love Facebook, learn what you can do to keep me in your news feed there as well – or at least try to do so).