Google+ is a social media service developed by Google, very similar to Facebook.
Why to use it:
- Connect with friends, colleagues, and peers.
- “Circles” system makes specifying who you want to share what with very easy.
- Integrates with other Google products.
- You probably already have an account.
An internet connected computer or device
A Google account, such as an @ualberta.ca account
To access Google+ go to plus.google.com, or from a Google page such as Gmail click the nine squares at the top and click Google+.
If it’s your first time on Google+, you’ll be given a list of people you may know to add, possibly some people who have already added you, and some interests to follow.
The front page of Google+ is your stream. You can write short posts of text with or without media (pictures, polls, videos) attached, see what people in your circles have posted, and see suggestions of people, communities, and collections to follow.
If you hover over the label with the arrow near the top right, a drop down of options will appear. Here you can view your profile, search communities, change your settings, and more.
As with all online interactions, be aware that whatever you post should be considered permanent and public.