Google+ hit the news feeds like a strategic and popular ton of bricks. But we haven’t stopped there. In addition to breaking news, Mashable has provided how-tos and tools for maximizing your Google+ experience. We’ve sourced reviews from some of the network’s early adopters, and we’ve also welcomed your input as you navigate one of the most buzzworthy social outlets of the year.
Read on for Mashable‘s roundup of all resources Google+. Gather tips, analyze reviews, participate in polls and, as always, voice your thoughts in the comments below.
Google+ Tips, Tools and Talk
- Google+: The Pros & Cons
Here are some pros and cons of Google+, from the social network’s early users.
- Google+: First Impressions
Mashable’s Ben Parr takes Google’s new social network, Google+, for a spin. Check out his review.
- The Google+ Cheat Sheet [PIC]
This Google+ cheat sheet includes most of the common syntax, hotkeys and tips you need to know to use Google+ like a pro.
- 5 Chrome Extensions That Improve Google+
Whether you want to get better notifications, enjoy improved sharing options, or scroll through your stream faster, there’s a free Chrome Extension to help.
- Make Google+ Look More Like Facebook
A new userscript turns Google+ into a Facebook clone.
- HOW TO: Make a Google+ Desktop App
Want an easy way to access Google+ while using Google Apps accounts? Here’s how to create a Google+ desktop app.
- HOW TO: Upload iPhone Photos to Google+
Who says Android phone users get to have all the fun uploading photos to Google+? Here’s how to do that with an iPhone, too.
- HOW TO: Get Your Own Google+ Vanity URL
Gplus.to lets you create a vanity URL for your Google+ Profile.
- HOW TO: Import Your Facebook Contacts on Google+
A new Google Chrome extension makes extracting Facebook contacts a lot easier, helping new Google+ users more easily reconstruct their respective social graphs.
- 10 Top Google+ Users Weigh In on the Web’s Newest Social Network
We’ve scoured the profiles, Twitter feeds and blogs of the top Google+ users. You might be surprised to hear their reviews of the recent social networking phenomenon.
- What MySpace’s Tom Anderson Thinks of Google+
Google+, the search giant’s social network, has just received a strong endorsement from MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson.
- Can Google+ Sustain Growth Beyond Early Adopters?
Google+ is getting rave reviews in the tech press and from early adopters, but we’ve seen that with social networks before. Does Plus have what it takes to succeed long term?
- What’s In a Name: Google+ Is Your Plus One
Ever wonder why Google picked a search-unfriendly and clumsy name for its ambitious new social network? The answer may be right in front of you.
- Get Ready for Google+ Games
It looks like Google has some big features planned for Google+, including a much rumored Google Games product.
- 5 Hilarious Google+ Parodies [VIDEOS]
We’ve found five funny videos that offer a comedic look at the new service, including some classic memes updated for the occasion and some spoof walkthroughs that will make you smile.
- Video Chat Faceoff: Google+ Hangouts vs. Facebook [POLL]
Now that Facebook has unveiled its video chat service, we have to ask: how does it compare to Google+ Hangouts?
- What Do You Think of Google+? [POLL]
Will Google+ give Facebook a run for its money, or will it fall flat like some of Google’s previous attempts at social?
- What Features Do You Want Google to Add to Google+? [OPEN THREAD]
We’d like to open this question to our readers: what features do you think Google should add to Google+ next?
Screenshots: Inside Google+
This is the Google+ logo.
The Google+ icons. Starting top left and circling to the right: Circles, Hangouts, Home, Sparks, Profile, Photos.
New Google+ Navigation Bar
All Google sites will sport the new Google+ navigation bar. It includes notifications, profile information and content sharing options.
This is the Google+ Stream, where users share content and see what their friends are sharing. It is similar to the Facebook News Feed.
Google+ Circles is Google’s version of the Facebook friend list or the Twitter List. Users can select multiple friends and drag-and-drop them into groups. This makes it easier to send stuff to friends, family or the entire world.
Google+ Circles Editor
This is the Google+ Circles editor in action. Google has created unique animations for adding and removing friends through HTML5.
Google+ Sparks is Google’s content recommendation and discovery engine. Users can search different topics and find relevant articles, videos and photos. Users can then share that content with their friends.
Google+ has a unique video chat feature called Hangouts, which lets you chat with up to 10 people at the ame time.
Google+ allows you to upload and share photos with your friends. It includes photo tagging and a simple browser-based image editor.
Google+ Profiles are like most profile pages — it includes basic information about the user like interests, occupation and profile photos.