Tips for Google+ Newbies

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Second Self Virtual Assistance

By now, you've probably heard a lot about Google+.  It's Google's newest social platform that seems to have hit the ground running.  I know that my friend Carra Riley has taken to it like a duck to water and is showing how easy and fun it is to interact.  I'm still testing the waters and finding my bearings.  Here are a few great tips for Google+ newbies that I thought I'd share with you to help you get started.

Add Info to Your Avatar - The first time people come across you on Google+, you will appear as a thumbnail image.  Typically, the only info that will show up when someone hovers over your image will be where you currently work.  But, you can add a bit more information by going into the employment section of your profile, typing whatever you want in the first box (where the Employer Name usually goes) and making it your current employment.  Anything you put in that box will then show up whenever someone hovers over your photo.  Make this a mini-advertisement for your real estate prowess.

Tips for Google+ Newbies

Circles Are Your Friends - Circles are a way to organize content and connections.  Google+ sets up a few simple circles to place your contacts in: friends, family, acquaintances and following.  It's easy to set up too many circles by getting really specific.  So, stick with a few targeted circles to keep up with specific segments of your Google+ life.  Keep business prospects in one circle, past clients in another, buyers in yet another and sellers in a fourth.  You can also create a circle to use as a bookmark for things you want to look at further or come back to later.

You Don't Always Have to Share - Unlike Facebook, not everything you post on your profile has to be seen by everyone.  You can choose to share with one, two, five, ten or a million people.  It's up to you.  If you decide to post something that you want to keep private, simply click the drop down menu to the right of the post and click on "disable reshare".  This doesn't stop the people you do share this with from using a screenshot of the post, but it will let them know that you wished for the post to be private.

Permalink Sharing - Getting a direct link to a publicly shared post is really easy.  Click the drop down menu in the upper right and click "link to this post".  A new tab will open up and you can grab the URL there.

Choosing Who Gets Viewed in Your Circles - The default for circles on your Google+ profile is set to show everyone randomly.  However, if there are some people you don't want to show up in your Google+ circle list, you can choose to show some circles while hiding others.  First you will need to edit your profile.  Then, click on the circle boxes to the left of your profile.  Delete the checkmark next to the circles you don't want to be visible publicly and click save.

Posting to Specific Circles - If you have a post you want to share with only one or two of your circles, simply click on the "Add Circles or People to Share With" hyperlink at the bottom of your post window.  Choose which circles you want to share your post with.  When that circle is added, hover over the button to choose to notify those people in that circle that you have created a new post.

These are only a few tips for Google+ newbies I have come across in my exploration into the world of Google+.  It's a great new place to network, share photos, links, videos and other information and to connect with old friends, family, clients and maybe even make a few new friends.  If you have any tips you'd like to share, please feel free to leave them in the comments section of this post.  I'm always up for learning something new.

Pamela Cendejas, Real Estate Virtual Assistant – Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn’t Enough of You to Go Around!

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Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
I have been trying to get started with google+... thanks for all the good tips!
Aug 13, 2011 05:24 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Scott Hoen
TitleCapture.com - Carson City, NV
VP, Marketing Systems & Sales Tech, 714-270-9607

I just joined with an invitation finally from a friend -- thanks for sharing

Aug 13, 2011 06:24 AM #41
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Pamela:

 

I totally need this information.  I am just starting work Google + and any information is valuable from you and the commentators on your blog. 

Aug 13, 2011 06:45 AM #42
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Thanks for the info, I haven't even gotten started as of yet so I've bookmarked it for future reference.

Aug 13, 2011 07:32 AM #43
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Jim McCormack
Nashville Short Sale Specialist - Jim McCormack - Edge Advantage Realty, LLC - 615-784-EDGE (3343) - Murfreesboro, TN
Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure

Good post.  Unfortunately, I cannot use Google+ yet as it is not compaitble with Google Apps right now.  Google is supposed to be correcting that, though.

Aug 13, 2011 08:45 AM #44
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George Fanucci
CoreFact.com - Los Altos, CA
Internet - Technology - Business - Solutions

Jim, (RE: your #44)

Google+ and Gmail (for your domain) have concurrent login issues,
so, just use two web browsers

True, you cannot log into both your Google Plus (i.e. your Google Profile) and your Google Apps (for your domain) from one web browser at this time  — but you can use two browsers, say Firefox and Chrome — so that's the workaround for now, till the single signon issues get fixed by Google.  I think it may take a few months, maybe more, maybe less, till you can just login in one browser and use both Google+ and your Google Apps (as in  Gmail for your own domain name.)  Any bets?

Google+ is a very interesting experiment, since Facebook really needs some good competiton. IMHO, Facebook seems arrogant, and Google will certainly either make a better alternative, or will push Facebook to catch up and improve. Time will tell if Google+ will be the #2 social network, or eclipse Facebook, or falls by the wayside like Google Buzz and Google Base and Google Wave have done.

Google+ may be the our only hope, seems like Google has the brains and the money, to create something better than Facebook.  I think many users are dissatisfied with Facebook, for various reasons.  Competition is good.

Aug 13, 2011 10:05 AM #45
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George Fanucci
CoreFact.com - Los Altos, CA
Internet - Technology - Business - Solutions

google-plus-growth-rate-vs-facebook-vs-twitter-graph

Google+ took only 16 days to reach 10 million users, now over 20 million, and the
Google Plus growth continues at high rate (graph.)
Source: http://bit.ly/qGcPTs

Aug 13, 2011 10:34 AM #46
Anonymous
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Your blog is very concise which is making me want to get started on Google+. I know it took a lot of time to write this and I appreciate it.  I will bookmark to read it when I can concentrate.

Aug 13, 2011 01:35 PM #47
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Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

Great stuff, I just need to use it and set it up.  Real good information.

Aug 13, 2011 02:48 PM #48
Rainer
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Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

This is interesting information. I do know that you can look at the friends in your friends circles, which would make me a little suspicious about the information control! I will look into that further.

Aug 13, 2011 05:16 PM #49
Rainmaker
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Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Thanks for these tips on Google +, as they are very helpful. I guess I'm waiting until they do their business  side so I can see if it will be valuable.

Aug 13, 2011 06:18 PM #50
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Ken Anderson
Apex Results Realty Inc., Brokerage - Burlington, ON
Broker in Burlington, Ontario

And here I was just getting the hang of FB….Sheesh!

Aug 14, 2011 06:21 AM #51
Rainmaker
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Thanks for the tips.  I will bookmark this.  I know I need to start using Google +1

Aug 14, 2011 10:59 AM #52
Rainmaker
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

WOW!  What a response!  I leave my computer for a couple of days and POW!   ;o) 

One thing I am seeing over and over again is the statement that you just don't have time, or that you just can't find the time to get started with Google+.  My suggestion for Google+ is the same as I have for Facebook - take it a few minutes at a time.  Carve out 10 to 15 minutes a day to work on it.  My own Google+ account has a lot of work to be done, too.  But, I know by tackling it just a few minutes a day, I will be able to get it completely set up and communicating with others a little at time. 

Good luck!

Aug 15, 2011 05:20 AM #53
Rainmaker
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Susan Jackson
America's Network Realty Group, Inc - Sandy Springs, GA

Thanks for the tips.  I have an invitation, but I want to look into a little further

Aug 15, 2011 09:40 AM #54
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Susan - You still have time to look into it more.  Just a few minutes a day is fine.

Aug 16, 2011 05:42 AM #55
Rainmaker
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Jim McCormack
Nashville Short Sale Specialist - Jim McCormack - Edge Advantage Realty, LLC - 615-784-EDGE (3343) - Murfreesboro, TN
Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure

Appreciate the workaround, but using a separate login for my Google Apps and Google+ is not really a viable option.  There are too many business related things with my Google Apps profile to abandon that for Google+.  I don't wan't 2 profiles either.

Aug 17, 2011 08:32 AM #56
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George Fanucci
CoreFact.com - Los Altos, CA
Internet - Technology - Business - Solutions

Jim, RE: your • #56

 Good points you have about 2nd profile. Sounds best to wait for Google to fix the login issues for Google Apps for Your Domain and Google+ concurrent logins.  Hopefully, within a few months.  They acknowledged the problem a few months ago and promised to work on it... there are more than a few hundred comments about this on the Google help boards.

 

Aug 19, 2011 10:54 AM #57
Rainmaker
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Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
California Homes for Sale in the East Bay

ok I have bookmarked your blog. thanks for the tips. I hope to get to them before the year is over;)

Nov 04, 2011 05:52 PM #58
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Elisa - Gotta warn you - it's addictive.  ;)

Nov 07, 2011 07:35 AM #59
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