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21 Google Plus Tips for Better Shares, Easy Search, Photos, Hangouts

21 Google Plus Tips for Better Shares, Easy Search, Photos, Hangouts

Google plus tips get you aware of many interesting features to get engaged and fetch more shares, easy searching, photo editing ideas and hangout tips. Google competes with Facebook with its social networking platform Google plus in all aspects, like the very user-friendly interface, resembles Pinterest and a lots of features and tips to use for social interactions with ease make it very friendly to users.

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Sharing Tips

1. Share a post privately

It is possible to share a post privately with anyone, done by disabling reshares and visible only to the receivers. For it, go to “share what’s new” box, then under drop-down button ‘To’, select disable reshares.

2. Format Text

To make your text look more good looking and attractive, use formatted text which includes bold, italic, strikethrough, bullets, font size and colors.
To get bold text, *type between two asterisks*.
To get italic text, _type between two underscores_.
To get strikethrough text, -type between two hyphens-.
To get bullets, use [ALT] + 0,1,2,… and so on.

3. Notify a certain circle

When you post something new, select the circles you want to share with by going to “Share What’s New” box and selecting the circles under ‘To’.

4. Bookmark Posts

Save your favourite posts under a new empty circle which you can create with the name of Bookmarks or something similar. Just use the share button on the post and share it with your new Bookmarks circle.

5. Know the number of views for a picture

You can see the number of views of your photo. Open the photo, click photo details, under photo description. You can also find out other things like resolution, camera details, etc.

6. View Updates In a Separate Stream

Click on the bell, to open a notification box. Expand it by opening it in a separate news stream. This will show you who +named you! and other things. Right-click notification icon and open link in new tab.

Search Tips

7. Search for posts by Time

If you want to find any post with its date or month, you can do so by Google search. Type in profile URL and then in search tools, select the required time. 

8. Search for interactions

You can search for any previous interaction of you with anyone, be it a +1, a comment or a +1 on a comment by  just putting your name and the name of the person in the search bar, you interacted with, within double quotes.
Example, “your name” “person name”.

9. Search for interactions within a community

In a similar manner, you can search for any interaction within a community. Type your name, another name in double quotes and the community name without the quotes. Example: “your name” “person name” community name.

10. Use keyword to search any post

Search for a Google plus post with the use of a keyword used in the post. Type in the google plus search, the keyword within double quotes followed by the date in Month Year format. Example: “Google plus tips” February 2014.

11. Find an old post by you

Search any older post posted by you. Give the keyword in search and go to More on the top menu bar. The search shows the posts by only you and this process can be done for any other user also.

12. Know who shared your blog post

If you have a blog, with the google plus sharing button, it is easier for visitors to share your blog post on Google plus. Just type the URL of that blog post in the Google plus search bar, and see who has shared your post.

Photo Editing Tips

13. Make a GIF automatically from your photos

Upload multiple shots of a scene with the same background on google plus and it will automatically make a stop-motion GIF with your photos.

14. Take out the Best Shot automatically

Google plus mobile app has the ability to auto upload photos as you snap them. With a series of photos taken, Google plus uses its Highlights feature to pick the best shot and hides the rest automatically which might be overexposed, blurry, etc.

15. Build a Panorama with your Photos

Shoot some photos of the panoramic view and Google plus will combine them together, making a panorama from them. This is something a good feature if your device does not have this natively.

16. Auto Enhance the best photo

Google plus auto enhances your uploaded photo by correcting parameters like overexposure, noise, red-eye, photo color, etc.

17. Edit your photo manually

If not satisfied with the auto correction, you can manually edit the appearance of your photo. You have the functions of cropping, rotating, filtering, and resizing.

18. Create Meme from your Photo

Add a photo to ‘Share What’s New’ box, and Google plus will give you the option to add a text block to it.

19. Create Collage from Photos

You can create a beautiful collage with your photos and share it with your friends.

Hangout Tips

20. HotKeys

Space Bar – Scroll downstream
Shift + Space – Scroll upstream
J – Single Post Down Scroll
K – Single Post Up Scroll
Q – Jump to Chat
Enter – Start Comment
Tab + Enter – End Comment

21. Add Funny Animations to Hangouts

Make your conversation more funny by adding some funny animations to it. Type any of this in ‘Send a Message’ like /ponies, /pitchforks, /ponystream, /bikeshed, /shydino or ^^vv<><>ba (enter) and enjoy the moments.


Here is a Slideshare presentation on ‘Google Plus Tips for Success‘ by Rebecca Wardlow, Social Media Strategist, Speaker & Trainer at Social Solutions.

Conclusion – 21 Google Plus Tips:

In general, it’s good to enjoy social media with advanced and engaging features to get the most of that web service. The above google plus tips give you some quick tips on how to share posts privately or to a certain circle in various formatting texts ; easily search for any any interaction by giving some keywords, time of post, etc. ; photo edits for sharing or personal use and some hotkeys and funny animations for your hangouts.