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ISBN-13: 978-1449311872 ISBN-10: 1449311873 Edition: 1st
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The book that should have come with the site

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+.

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449311873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449311872
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 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: #1,473,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eddibobetty on March 30, 2012
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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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Writing a book about a social networking site is a little bit like writing about the weather. Both are in a constant state of flux and ever changing. Author, Kevin Purdy, makes a point to inform the reader of additional resources for updates in the introduction to the book. Be sure to follow the links for the errata and Missing CD located there.

I found this book to be very useful in learning how to 'effectively' use Google+. The chapter on Circles was very informative and helpful in explaining the fine grain controls for sharing that Google+ allows the user. This is one of Google+'s strong points when compared with other social media sites. You control the settings and who gets to see what. Very handy indeed.

I found Circles useful in segregating my content streams. My friends are separated from people that I follow. This is a useful strategy for keeping up with various media outlets and for staying informed on the opinions of pundits, celebrities, and tech moguls with which I have no personal contact.

Search on Google+ is an area where the sight really shines. No surprise here since Google is the premier search engine on the planet. Google+: The Missing Manual will explain the nuances of the search feature. The ability to save searches should prove to be one of the more useful tools for anyone tracking a specific topic. Want to find out what is being said about your brand? The Google+ search tool will far out shine other social networking sites when it comes to keeping up with the buzz.

The chapter on Photos and Video has some interesting tips for sharing this type of media. This chapter contains workarounds for album features that may not be all together intuitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scott lazore on 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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By Jon Corelis on January 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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