Like many people, I signed up for for the social network Google+ as soon as I could get an invite. And like most people, I rarely check in these days.
But I do believe that Google+ has a strong future. In an effort to get my social media strategies class excited about Google+, I found some features I love about the social network.
1. It makes other Google products better
From sorting your Gmail by circles to seeing personalized search results to author profiles showing up in Google News, setting up your Google+ Circles adds a social layer to your overall Google experience.
2. Instant Upload
Turn on Instant Upload in the Google+ app. When you take a photo with your mobile device, it will automatically be sent to a private album in Google+. From there, you can share it or just save it for later (you get unlimited memory to store photos on G+).
3. Hangout effects
Hangouts (video chat with up to 10 people) are one of the coolest things on Google+. You watch YouTube videos together or share your screen with other chatters. You can also add a pirate hat or mustache to make your chats a little more fun. The coolest part if that when you move, your effects move with you. It’s magic!
Ripples show you how information is shared throughout Google+, and helps you find new people to follow. Click on the dropdown arrow next to a post, then click on ripples to see how far a post has traveled.
5. Creative Kit
It’s like a combination of Photoshop and Instagram. Creative Kit lets you edit your photos, make them look like they were taken with a retro camera, or add cool images (Frankenstein mask, beards) and text to your photos.
6. Meme generator
When you upload a photo to a post, press “add text” to turn it into a meme.
7. Make text bold and italic
Facebook and Twitter don’t have this. Put an * around text that you want to post as bold. Put a _ around text you want to post as italic.
8. Edit posts after they go live
Typo? Gramatical problem? Just click on edit post and correct your post mistakes.