Google Plus Walkthrough Video

Edit: I’m aware of the audio problems. Time was a factor in getting this video out to its intended audience.

I haven’t written a walkthrough, review or any other commentary of Google+, despite the fact that I’ve been using it since late in the first round of invites. (And just to be clear, when I got invited isn’t the point, the point is, I’ve been using it long enough to form the opinion that is about to follow, late enough to have missed directly interacting with folks like Mark Zuckerberg, but early enough to not be discussing Google+ as a regular topic of conversation.)

Mostly because I feel like it hasn’t been long enough to write a proper review. We’re still in the stages where most people are just talking about the tool and how much they like it, hate it, don’t understand what the fuss is, or think it’s going to change the world. I believe it’s too early to tell.

And now, it’s starting to get lonely in there with mostly techies and a couple of marketing people.

Still, I’m adding people to my own stream sparingly, but I’ve found that this doesn’t mean I can’t invite people. So. If you get my newsletter, you’ll get the link to this page. And if you get the link to this page, you can watch the video for instructions on how to get an invite.

Oh, and if you’re already on Google+, you can follow me. But I’m very slow to add people into my circles. Just saying.

In this video:

  • What is Google+ in a nutshell?
  • What will you see when you accept an invite?
  • A couple of tips on using it.
  • How to get a Google+ invite from me without exposing your email address to the whole world. (Please don’t do that. Follow the directions in the video.)
  • PS - You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t tweeted this link, shared it on Facebook, or even posted it to my flagship blog that gets so much more traffic and attention than this one. That’s because I wanted YOU to have the chance to get the invites before I ask other people to come in.

    15 Comments

    1. Linda S July 12, 2011

      Hi Tinu, Very nice work with the walkthrough. It gave me a good sense of what things do and where to look for ‘em. I only found the audio annoying at the very start — I sort of got used to it after that. I’m particularly interested in nonprofit (i.e., shoestring!! lol) marketing. And of course, curious how small nonprofits will take to Google+. In fact, thinking about how to pitch it to the board of the group I’m working with now!

      • Tinu July 12, 2011

        Thanks Linda. Still gonna try to fix that audio. :)

        There’s a whole MESS Of non-profit people in my circles at Google+. But it’s too soon to introduce it because Google’s only allowing personal profiles at the moment. I hope they have something really in-depth planned for Business profiles.

    2. Jim July 12, 2011

      Thanks Tinu for the walkthrough. It’s going to be interesting to see whether this affects any other social networks. The circles certainly seems pretty good.

      • Tinu July 12, 2011

        Hopefully I get the audio issue under control. Glad you found it useful.

        It’s already affecting other social networks, but there’s a recent article that supposes that the point of Google+ isn’t to dominate, it’s to force more openness. Their data portability is quite attractive. You can export just about anything, by category (download all pics or all posts, etc).

    3. Find Bank Online July 12, 2011

      Google +1 is very effective social networking. Its look is very interesting and directly connected with google database. It is just like facebook like button.

      • Tinu July 12, 2011

        True. But we’re talking about Google+ not Google +1.

    4. Dr Wright July 12, 2011

      Thanks, this is cool, I am now in. It seems like a lot of social media work!

      • Tinu July 12, 2011

        At first, yeah, it felt like it was going to be a lot of work.

        But really the main part after you fill in your profile is in deciding whether or not you’re going to compartmentalize your audience into circles, and if so, how diligently. I have three main circles, and then a bunch of smaller ones so I can really segment into sub-topic.

        But it might not be worth that to you. For now, I’d focus on three circles, Friends, Peers and Following. Anyone who isn’t someone you’re closely bonded to or know through work goes into Following. You can always sort them later or just not follow them at all.

        That’s the upside, you don’t even have to follow people who are following you if you don’t want to hear what they have to say every day.

    5. Jason Hodge July 12, 2011

      Hey Tinu,

      Thanks for the walk-through. I’ve been on Google+ moving around the space myself lately, kicking some tires and seeing if it’s going to take off and really be a tool as opposed to just one more thing to add to the noise. I’m still going to play around with it, but agree with some of the points you made about it. I think it’s to early to tell if this is going to be a game changer.

      I like the fact that Google put it out [that’s what made me take a look at it], so we’ll see.

      Love to hear more!

      Best,
      Jason

      • Tinu July 12, 2011

        Agreed. Definitely too early to tell. Hope we run into each other. :)

    6. Pierre July 12, 2011

      0OO0OH man.

      How are you Tinu? thank you so much for taking your time to make that video for us. The audio didn’t like me that much lol. Lol please stop doing that with your eyes.(*_^)
      Pierre

      • Tinu July 12, 2011

        Controlling the thing with the eyes as much as I can. It’s medical and to an extent I can’t help it – that’s why I haven’t done much video. Thanks for making me even more self-conscious about it, LOL.

        With the audio, I’m a low talker, and had to do this without a headset. Couple of days playing with it in Camtasia, this is the best I got. Will upload subtitles as soon as I can.

        How YOU doin?

    7. Stevie Knight July 12, 2011

      The audio was a bit challenging but the walk through was awesome! Thanks for the overview.

      It will be interesting to see how people use google+ differently fom the other sites and if it will catch on after the initial curiosity has worn off…Looking forward to trying it. Thanks much, Tinu!

      • Tinu July 12, 2011

        Will do my best with the audio. I’m getting there but as discussed above, this was the best circumstances would allow as I wanted to get this out while invites were still open. They close fairly quickly.

        As as whether Google+ will catch on: there was an article I read today that made the best point – Google+ is the first social network that was actually built to BE a social network. All the other big ones today started as something else and were sort of hacked into a new thing.

        I don’t think it will replace Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn – each is appropriate for a certain type of dialogue. Google+ is also not finished yet – the developers told us that when they released it, it’s not even near ready to be called completed and already some feel it is on far with Facebook.

        Too soon to tell, but now that the chatter on Google+ is no longer about Google+, it’s still holding up.

    8. Daniel-Catalin Cretu July 12, 2011

      Great post… Thanks for invite :)…
      Illusion4u

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