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Kevin Purdy
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Book Description

December 30, 2011 1449311873 978-1449311872 1

If you want to gain more control over your social networking activities with Google+, this jargon-free guide helps you quickly master the ins and outs of the site. Learn how to organize your contacts, hold video chats with as many as ten people, and determine exactly who may learn what about you. With this book, you’ll navigate Google+ with ease.

The important stuff you need to know

  • Massage your profile. Control what the public, specific groups, or certain individuals can see about you.
  • Move in the right circles. Assign folks to different groups and share the right stuff with the right people.
  • Jump into streams. Get all the updates, pictures, and links from people you know.
  • Host hangouts. Organize and attend group video chats.
  • View and share photos. Make them available to whomever you like—whether or not they’re Google+ members.
  • Get notifications. Monitor what others do (and share about you) on Google+.
  • Go mobile. Use Google+ on your Android, iPhone, or mobile web browser.

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About the Author

Kevin Purdy is a freelance writer, which means he attends fewer meetings, but pays more taxes, more often. He recently left his almost-full-time gig as contributing editor at Lifehacker, and now he's trying to write other stuff for different people. He lives physically in Buffalo, NY, and virtually on Google+.

Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449311873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449311872
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good primer on Google+ January 30, 2012
Never got an invite to Google+, the latest (and greatest?) social networking site? No matter. You no longer need one as anyone can join. However, if you want to get up to speed fast you may need a helpful guide book like "Google+: the Missing Manual."

The Missing Manual series by Pogue Press/O'Reilly Media may be the best around for the average user to learn new technology. The Manuals are almost always well organized and written, comprehensive, and well produced. The author of this Manual, Kevin Purdy, does a good job covering the basics of Google+-how to sign in and create a profile; how to set up "circles" of friends and designated contact groups; how to view, write, and edit posts; and more.

This is a slim volume of only 211 pages (with index) with 9 chapters covering mostly everything one needs to know to use Google+ well for fun, business, and communicating with others. The writing is straight to the point without jargon. The longest chapters are on sharing photos and videos and using Google+ with mobile devices. The mobile related discussions covering android, iPhone, and Windows mobile systems. Other chapters cover managing streams, notifications, and a Google exclusive-Hangouts-allowing up to 10 people to share a video chat.

The book is generously filled with grayscale screenshots and a variety of sidebars (Tips, Notes, Faqs, Gems in the Rough) although the layout is often cluttered with too much different material making some pages hard to read and comprehend. Several side-by-side pages, for example, include up to 3 screenshots, 3 sidebars, 3 or more layers of captions, plus associated text.

There is plenty of good information, however. Mr.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Google+: The Missing Manual May 14, 2012
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I thought this was a good book to help people get started with, or to use Google+ services better. It give good instructions about most aspects of the service. If you are thinking about using Google+, I would recommend reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A+for google plus March 30, 2012
There is no doubt that for many, the Internet is Google plus. it is here where we talk to friends, post images and videos, share our feelings, invite others to events, try to advance our causes and, if there isn't anything better to do.

The book is well written, but it is clear that the aim here is to help those who don't understand the power that Google Plus can give them. you will find there information that will help you decide if you need to open a profile or a page and how to go about and really enjoy everything Google Plus offers to each type of account. the order of the information make sense and when I came to a section I didn't care for, it was easy enough to move forward and find the next interesting bit.

There should be no doubt - if you are a poweruser this book has nothing to offer you. if you are new to Google Plus this book will help you a lot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for. May 22, 2014
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I am very challenged when it comes to computer stuff. I have 'missing manuals' for several applications and I love them. I started a gmail account and wanted a book to tell me how to use it. For some reason I thought this book would have that information. It does not and that was my mistake and has nothing to do the my rating of this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but outdated January 31, 2014
This is a good, clear introduction to Google+ which assumes nothing but a possession of a Google account and access to the internet on a desktop, laptop, or netbook computer. Technical jargon is kept to a minimum, and the book offers tips on the social and privacy aspects of using G+ as well as the technical ones. The book is laid out logically to take you through the G+ learning curve, and is best used while sitting at your computer actually using G+.

With all that, I feel I need to give the book only 3 stars instead of four, since it is now significantly outdated. G+ was still in middling development when the book (1st edition, 2011, and apparently there hasn't been a 2nd edition yet) was published, and many of the screen shots and tools descriptions are now significantly out of synch with what you will see on the screen. I realize it might seem unfair to take away a star for something that isn't the book's fault, but I feel my rating should be based on the actual usefulness of the book to someone who gets it today.

Even though outdated, though, the book is still useful for learning your way around G+, and I'd still recommend it to beginning users who won't be too bothered by the differences between what is described and what they will see today. But ideally you should wait for a second edition, or get another good beginner's guide published as recently as possible.
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