Thursday, 20 November 2014

5 tips for creating a Google+ profile

Google+ is a great platform for connecting with others. Your profile is essential to your ability to connect on Google+. The more informative and legitimate your profile is, the more likely people are to connect with you. The more people that you connect with, the more meaningful and useful your Google+ experience will be. It is also important to know how to protect your privacy by configuring the appropriate profile settings. Use our top five tips below as a guide for creating or modifying your profile.

Note: If you need help accessing your profile, see our instructions at the bottom of this post.

Tip 1: Upload a profile photo...of you!

Having a real photo of you helps you appear the legitimate person that you are. It also helps people you know offline find the right ‘you’, as there may be many people with the same name on Google+.
To change your profile photo, hover over the existing image (or blue head) and click the camera icon.

Tip 2: Change the cover photo

The cover photo is the large image displayed at the top of your Google+ profile. Adding your own image also adds to the legitimacy of your profile. Pick an image that reflects your passions and interests.
To change your cover photo, hover over the existing image and select Change cover.

Tip 3: Enter a tagline

Your tagline is a short and catchy description of you and your interests. It helps people see at a glance what you’re all about. This is good to have, even if your profile doesn’t contain much else.
To change your tagline, select the Edit link at the bottom of the Story section in your profile.

Tip 4: Enter an introduction

A good introduction enhances your legitimacy, gives an idea of the type of content you look for and share on Google+ and confirms to others that you are the person they were looking for. This, along with the tagline, is a must in your profile. You don’t have to share any personal details, just a little bit about your interests.
To change your introduction, select the Edit link at the bottom of the Story section in your profile.

Tip 5: Change the visibility of profile information

You can control the visibility of individual fields in your profile. For example, you may keep your birthday private (reccomended), but your introduction public. Your name and tagline can only be public, but every other field is customisable. You can choose to share the information with:

Only you: The information is only visible to you.

Your circles: The information is visible to everyone in your circles.

Extended circles: The information is visible to everyone in your circles and to people who are connected to other people in your circles (ie. ‘friends of friends’).

Public: The information can be seen by anyone in your circles and anyone who looks at your profile. Use it for information that will help people identify your or decide to connect with you.

Custom: Select specific people to share the information with.

To change the visibility of profile fields, select the Edit link at the bottom of the appropriate section in your profile.

Accessing your profile

Follow the steps below to access your profile:

1. Hover over the Home button in the top left corner of Google+.

2. Select Profile.

3. Click the About tab (under the cover photo).


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