101 Google+ Tips

Although Google+ has just born for a few days in a limited trial field, it already has over 10 million users who share 1 billion items every day.

The following are 101 tips for you to hack Google+, whether you are already a user or not.

    Bonus:

  1. You can get an invite by leaving a comment in this post.
  2. Circles

    Google+ circles

  3. You can add anyone into a circle, even though they are not Google+ users.
  4. You can add up to 5000 people into a circle.
  5. You can create as many circles as you like, and you can also add a same user into multiple circles.
  6. One people in multiple circles counts one, and you can’t have more than 5000 people in all your circles.
  7. You can remove or block anyone in your circles.
  8. People in your circle do not have to add you in their circles.
  9. You can add all your Gmail contacts into your circles.
  10. You can export your Facebook friends to Yahoo Mail, and then import them to your Gmail.
  11. To bookmark a post, you can create an empty circle, and share the post to it.
  12. Extensions

  13. Facebook Friend Exporter: To export your Facebook friends and add them to your Google+ circles.
  14. Extended Share for Google Plus: To share your Google+ Public messages on Twitter and Facebook.
  15. Replies and more for Google+: To reply to a post or its comments in one click.
  16. Surplus: To get Google+ notifications everywhere.
  17. Native Gmail For Google+: To display Gmail notifications in the Google+ top black bar and show you the titles of the new mails.
  18. +Photo Zoom: To zoom photos on Google+.
  19. Notification Count for Google Plus™: To check your Google+ notifications every one munite and show them on your browser’s toolbar.
  20. +Comment Toggle: To hide the comments on Google+.
  21. Color Plus: To change the color of the top black bar to green, pink or blue.
  22. Helper For Google+: To share your Google+ posts on Twitter and to translate your posts.
  23. G+ Count in Title: To add a notification count in the current page tab.
  24. G+ Extended: To add more shortcuts.
  25. GPlus Search: To search Google+ public stream posts.
  26. Move Your Photos: To export your Facebook photos to Google’s Picasa.
  27. Start G +: To show unread Gmail numbers and to sync with Twitter and Facebook.
  28. Google+ Ultimate: To float the top black bar and to adjust the page design.
  29. Share + Social Buttons: To share to Twitter、Facebook、LinkedIn and more.
  30. Usability Boost for Google Plus™: To make Google+ look more sex.
  31. Google+ Tweaks: To customize Google+ web design.
  32. Google+Tweet: To update Twitter on Google+. (Workable for Chrome, Firefox and IE)
  33. Google+Facebook: To update Facebook on Google+.(Workable for Chrome, Firefox and IE)
  34. Google+ Safari extension: To show G+ notification counts in the toolbar.(Workable for Safari)
  35. Except the last 3, all the other extensions are workable for Chrome only.

    Scripts

  36. Google plus reply+: To add reply buttons to Google+ posts as well as their comments.
  37. Google+ Enhancer: To make the Google top black bar display notifications for Gmail, Reader and Calendar, no matter what Google-website you’re on.
  38. Hide G+ notification box in all Google sites except Google+: To show the notification button on the Google+ site only.
  39. Gplus_fixed_panel: To make the Google+ top black bar float on the top of the page when you scroll down or up.
  40. Fixed Google+ Notification Bar (for Google Plus & Google Search): To make the Google+ notification bar float on Google+ and Google Search.
  41. (For more details about the above 5 scripts, you can check out this post.)

  42. Google + Commander: To use hotkey to play with Google+.
  43. Google+ -> Contrast, Denser, More Features: To change the design of the Google+ site.
  44. Google+ : Facebook: To make the Google+ site look like Facebook.
  45. Google+ Tweaks: Same as the Chrome extension of the same name.
  46. +1

    (You can add "+1" buttons in the browsers with the following extensions or bookmarklets:)

  47. +1 Plus One Extension(Chrome extension)
  48. +1 Button – Plus One Button(Chrome extension)
  49. Plus One(+1)Button(Chrome extension)
  50. Google +1 Button Extension (Firefox add-on)
  51. The Google Plus One Bookmarklet(Bookmarklet)
  52. Posts

    Google Plus post

  53. You can add photos, videos or webpages to your posts by dragging their links directly to the share box.
  54. You can drag photos into the share box.
  55. For your Google+ photos, you can tag them, rotate them, select effects for them, etc.
  56. You can upload multiple photos and videos at a time.
  57. You can click on the “Limited” link to see who else can see the post.
  58. You can reshare the posts on Google+, unless the authors disable that.
  59. You can reply to or mention Google+ users by adding "+" or "@" in front of their names in the message.
  60. You can send private messages to people by only sharing your post with them.
  61. Clicking the timestamp on a post, you can see its permalink.
  62. Clicking the "+1" button on a post to like it, clicking again to undo.
  63. You can click the Google+ photos to enlarge them, to view their comments, and to add comments.
  64. You can edit or even delete the posts you published, you can forbid others to comment on your posts, you can mute the posts that are boring, and you can also prevent people from sharing your post.
  65. Hot Keys

  66. Space or J = scroll down
  67. Shift + Space or K = scroll up
  68. J = move to next post
  69. K = move to previous post
  70. Q = jump to chat
  71. Return = start comment
  72. Tab + Return = end your comment
  73. Tab + Tab + Return = cancel writing a comment
  74. Text

  75. *Word* = Word
  76. _Word_ = Word
  77. -Word- = Word
  78. _*Word*_ = Word
  79. Websites:

  80. PlusFeed: To subscribe to any Google+ user’s public stream.
  81. GPlus: To get a shortened URL of your Google+ profile page.
  82. Google Plus Widget: To add a Google+ widget on your blog or website for people to follow you.
  83. SocialStatistics.com: To find out the top 100 most popular Google+ users.
  84. GPhangouts: To share your hangout or to view others’ hangouts.
  85. Gplus.sagg.im: To sync Google+ to Twitter、Facebook & Identi.ca.
  86. You can make a Google+ desktop app according to Mashable’s instructions.
  87. You can upload iPhone photos to Google+ according to Mashable’s way.
  88. You can finish this form and get Google+ API notification once available.
  89. You can export and back up your +1 sites with Google Takeout.
  90. Mobile Phones:

  91. You can use Google+ in mobile phone browsers, but can’t add photos or videos.
  92. There is an official Google+ app for Android.
  93. There is an official Google+ app for iPhone.
  94. You can upload videos and pictures from your Android app to Google+, but not the iPhone app yet.
  95. You can post to Google+ in your iPhone using the app DoAT.
  96. You can send Huddle messages to a group with the Google+ mobile app.
  97. Other features:

  98. You can invite anyone with an email address (except Google APP’s) to join Google+.
  99. You can create a search engine in Chrome to search the posts on Google+ with the following URL:
  100. {google:baseURL}search?q=site:plus.google.com inurl:posts/* %s

  101. You can create a search engine in Chrome to search Google+ profiles with the following URL:
  102. {google:baseURL}search?q=%s&tbs=prfl:e

  103. You can video-chat with up to 10 people at a time via the Hangout function.
  104. You can add and track your interesting news in the Sparks page.
  105. You can play with GTalk and chat with your friends in the Google+ site.
  106. You can resize chat window in Google+ by dragging it from corners.
  107. Don’t run Google+ ads on Facebook, which may ban you.
  108. You can’t use Google+ if you are under 13.
  109. Settings

    Google+ account settings

  110. You can choose what kinds of notifications to receive by email.
  111. You can show photo geo location information in newly uploaded albums and photos.
  112. You can select your favorite language.
  113. You can back up your photos, profile information, contacts, circles, stream posts, and Buzz posts to your computer from the Data liberation page.
  114. You can choose who can send you an email and what personal information to display on the Profile and privacy settings page.
  115. On the Account overview page, you can delete your Google+ account.

By the way, Google+ is far from perfect, for example, you can’t search posts on its site, you can’t filter the posts you +1ed, the check-in service sucks, etc., so there will be more and more tips in the future, especially when the Google+ API is released.

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28 Comments

  1. criss
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    啊··· 终于把VPN搞好了。。。
    上次广州回来就不好用了

    谢谢在广州你的招待哦~

  2. Young
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    @criss You are welcome! :-)

  3. Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Hey Young how do update your Google+ with your Blogger or WP blog feeds any idea

  4. Young
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    @Hemendra Kumar Saini It seems that there’s no way to update Google+ via Blogger or WP blog yet.

  5. Posted July 20, 2011 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great tips they were really helpful!

    Japan Australia

  6. Posted July 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the tips! I’m making a circle for ‘Keepers’ like this post that I’ll be referring back to till I can learn it. :~)

  7. Posted July 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    You can also use you Google+ profile as a perfect CV or Resume. The first to discover this was Comoto, read more here http://www.comoto.com/?p=3129.

    It is a brilliant way to get the most out of your CV and/or Resume and use your Google+ profile at its best.

    I just think you missed that in your list…..

    Thomas

  8. isai
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    keren, saya coba menggunakannya.
    terima kasih

  9. Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    It seems like you are limited to 5000 people by circle
    Thx for your post!

  10. Young
    Posted July 23, 2011 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    @isabelle Thanks for your correction, appreciated!

  11. Greg
    Posted July 24, 2011 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    87. You can invite anyone with an email address (except Google APP’s) to join Google+

    Should this be changed to:

    87. You can invite anyone with a GMail email address (except Google APP’s) to join Google+

    I thought that they don’t allow non-gmail users to beta yet.

  12. Young
    Posted July 24, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    @Greg We don’t need a Gmail account to join Google Adwords, so it’s not surprise that a non-Gmail user can join Google+. :-)

  13. Makc
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    Very usefull! Thanks a lot!

  14. Posted July 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Hey young thanks for answering my query. but i have figure another way to get followers on G+, i.e. by adding G+ follow me button. Check out my blog post about how to add Google+ follow me button

    http://www.answersfm.com/2011/07/google-follow-me-button-for-blogger.html

  15. Posted July 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic list – been playing with Google+ for the past few weeks. And I’m enjoying way better than Facebook. I think a few of those importers have been broken by Facebook to prevent people leakage into Google+.

    I’ll be working my way through the list for stuff I’ve missed in my Google+ experiments.

  16. Posted August 4, 2011 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    How do you change the circles of a shared post after it has been posted. do you have to re-share or can you edit a post and add or remove circles?

  17. Steve
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    how can you change the edit circles on a previous post where you now want to add circles. Can you edit and add or do you have to re-post?

  18. Young
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    @Steve Sorry, but I are not sure what did u mean. As I know, you can change your posts or your circles separately, but you can’t change a circle in a post, or change a post in a circle.

  19. Tara Greer
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Your list is great but under you list there is a link on how to hack G+??? Pretty sad that, being so new, there are already ways to hack G+. You would think, Google would have worked hard on this, especially since Google Chrome so far is the toughest to hack. I don’t need another social media place that we constantly need to deal with hackers. That is one of the biggest issues with FB.

  20. Feng Xu
    Posted October 22, 2011 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    “You can click on the “Limited” link to see who else can see the post.”
    Can it show the circle directly instead of implied “limited”.

  21. Young
    Posted October 22, 2011 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    @Feng Xu No, it won’t show the circles, but just the users.

  22. Posted December 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I have a person in one of my circles who over posts but sometimes posts great stuff.
    Anyway of hiding posts from one person who can I create a circle then hide that circle.

  23. Young
    Posted December 3, 2011 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    @Emma Thompson To hide the posts from one person, you can remove him or her from your circles or block him.

  24. Posted December 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    It’s a pity you can’t add videos to google plus with iphone, I hope that they work that one out. It’s something I would love to do!

  25. Young
    Posted December 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    @Murray Yes, that’s a good idea.

  26. CTchrisadams
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    @Emma Thompson I can understand not wanting o hide/block. Try this. Create one circle named “all posts” put everyone in there except people you wish to mute. Now view this circle only versus your main stream.

  27. Posted December 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Google Plus Widget was not workable any more.

  28. Martin_Cooney
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi there, I’m unfortunately subject to a Penguin slap – is there any possibility of you please change the comment name in the comment above to ‘Martin Cooney’? It would be very appreciated if you could.