Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I need "Google+ for Dummies!"

It was easy enough to join up, easy enough to create a fan page. But I for one am having a really difficult time with the transition from GFC to Google Plus!

For one thing, I love my Google Reader, and I actually scan the posts that come up on my iGoogle widget. However, there is no similar widget for G+ (there is a G+ widget, but it doesn't function as a stream). Therefore, in order to read the stream of posts from those whose circles I follow, I'll need to visit Google Plus in addition to my iGoogle page. I can't see myself doing that on a daily basis.

Also, I noticed that you lovely folks who clicked my G+ widget and placed me in your circles appear to be absent from mine, even though I specifically remembered "circling you." After hours of trial and error and google investigation, I think I have an explanation. I currently have it set up for you to put "Mom's Best Nest" fan page in your circles. If I follow you back while on that page, I can put you in my Mom's Best Nest fan page circles. However, if I do it while visiting your page and clicking YOUR G+ button, I end up adding you to my personal G+ account, Mikki Atmomsbestnest. ARRRRR...

I am seriously considering deleting the fan page and simply directing everyone to my personal G+ page. The thing is, it's so new, that I really can't tell what the implications of that would be. There's VERY little help to be found by Googling, too. Or I might scrap the fan page and start over if I find there's a better way to do it. I've also thought of creating another email to use just for subscribing via RSS feeds, sort of like my own reader, and forgetting about Google Plus altogether.(sigh)

In the meantime, if you hear of a "Google Plus for Dummies" tutorial, please send it my way!

5 comments:

Dawn said...

I've been trying to figure it out too. You did better than me, you found a widget for people to click. Where did you get that?

Mikki said...

I think this is the link I used to guide me through it...
http://kimgarst.com/how-to-create-google-plus-badge-for-your-website

Dawn said...

Thank you! I'll check it out.

Malika Bourne said...

WE are ALL learning. Just todya someone posted on my google+ link the URL. I posted it x2 and doesn't work yet. It seems it have 2 google + names. Malika Bourne and Non Non-cnets Nanna Come on down and join me.

CrazyNutsMom said...

I have had a hard time figuring it out myself. You'd think Google would have better help. I mean, they ARE Google after all. :)

Regina
www.thecrazynutsmom.com