New to Google+? In this post you will learn the basics of how to craft a Google Plus post.
Five sections of a Google plus post
1. The Body
This is where you will enter in your post text. Include #hashtags, +mentions, and more.
One of the great differentiators between Facebook and Google+ is the ability to format your posts, including bold, italics and strike through, which adds interest to your post. The three main formatting options are:
*BOLD* - encapsulating words or phrases with asterisks will cause the text inside to become bold.
Example: * this is cool* - becomes this is cool
_ italic_ - placing underscores before and after your word or phrase will make it become italicized.
Example _this is really cool_ becomes this is really cool
Strikethrough– - to add a "strike through" to a word or phrase, simply add a dash before and after.
Example –this is a strikethrough– becomes
this is a strikethrough
NOTE: You also use any combinations of the three formatting options above. For example: *_Italic bold_*
#hashtag - Simply put, a hashtag (#) is a quick and easy way to search for content with similar topic or point of interest, on networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more.
Example: For those who are talking about the TV Show "Revolution" may tag #Revolution in their post. Then do a search for #Revolution to find others who are also talking about the same topic.
+Mention: To +mention someone in a post can take on a few forms. It may be used to thank someone, to draw attention to something and to notify them about your post. The syntax is +firstname lastname or +pagename
Example: Michael has shared a circle with me in it. I might thank him by posting
On your original post, you can choose to attach Photo's and Video, URL links, and create Google Events.
Photos: You can choose pictures from your profile, or upload something new.
Video: You can select ones from YouTube or another website, record, or upload a video.
Link: You can give a URL - for instance, your blog post, or an article of interest. Just paste in the URL.
Event: You can tie an event (Calendar, or hangout) to your post. Click event, choose your theme and enter in the details.
In order to "Share" your post you need to select who should see it. You do this by selecting circles or people to see your post. This video may help to explain further about what a "Circle" is.
Google Plus Circles
Addressing your message is very key. You have a number of options to choose from when deciding who should see your post.
Individuals: You can address your post so that only specific people will see it. You can do this by either +mentioning them in the post, or addressing the message to them in the "To:" field. Only these people will be able to see your post. (if you +Mentioned someone they will receive notification about you mentioning them in their notifications stream).
Specific Circle(s): If you post to a specific circle or circles of your own creation (see video above), only those accounts will be able to see your post . If they are following you, they will see your post in their stream. If not, they can see your post by visiting your profile. No one outside of this circle will be able to view your post.
Your Circles: Pretty much the same as "Specific Circles" above, but includes "ALL" your circles. Those listed in your circles (and following you) will see your post in their stream. No one outside of your circles will be able to see your post. Should be noted that those who are in your circle but are NOT following you will only be able to see your post when they visit your profile.
Extended Circles: When sharing with your "Extended Circles", this means that those in your circles (who have circled you) see your post in their stream (otherwise they will see it when they visit your profile), and those who follow them can "see" your post if they visit your profile. Outside of those "extended circles", no one can see your post.
Public: Posting to Public, means the post will be seen by everybody - not only by people who currently have you circled, also by those performing searches, even from outside of Google+ (Google search for example). Remember, those who have circled you back will see your post in their stream. Those who haven't will see it if they visit your profile.
You can certainly combine these options. For instance, you might want to post to your "Music" group, but you know that James who isn't in this circle might also want to read it. While you can +mention James in your post, you could also address your post to James and your circle together.
Or perhaps you have 2 circles that might find your post on the latest trend in diet. You may choose to discuss your post to both your "Nutrition" and "Dieters" circles.
4. Send Email To Your Circles
Use with extreme caution as many Google+ users may find what ever you're 'emailing' them as spam, regardless of its content. However, you can choose to use this option to notify the users in your circle about your post.
Share means your post is complete, and you're ready to share it with your selected group. Press cancel if you wish not to post your creation.
Conclusion and Info
The key things to remember are to make your posts engaging, and know who you are targeting. Formatting your text, and adding images are very important. Always remember to thank people, and engage!
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