5 Google+ Tips for Advanced Users

If you've played around with Google's new social network and are ready to do more, check out these five tips to help you take a step further in Google+.

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Thu, July 14, 2011

CIO — In just two weeks, Google's (GOOG) new social network, Google+, has amassed millions of early adopters. Whether you joined the site when it first launched or just received an invitation, there's a lot to learn, from setting up your account to adjusting your privacy settings.

But if you're now familiar with the basics of Google+ and are ready to do more, check out these five tips for information on bookmarking posts, tracking your Google+ stats and more.

1. How to Bookmark Google+ Posts

Depending on who you follow, there may already be a lot of noise in your Google+ stream. And while Google+ doesn't yet have a "Favorite" button like Twitter does, there's still a way you can save interesting posts to read later. Here's how to do it.

First, visit your Circles tab. Create a new circle, name it accordingly (for example, "Bookmarks"), but do not add anyone to it.


When you see a post that you want to bookmark and save for later, click the Share button at the bottom of the post and share it only with your empty Bookmarks circle.


To review the updates you've bookmarked, click your Bookmarks circle on the left navigation to view its stream, which will contain all the posts you've saved. To remove the post from your Bookmarks circle, click the drop-down menu in the top-right corner, then select "Delete this post."

2. How to Track Your Google+ Stats

Created by the co-founder of stats site Twitter Counter, Google+ Statistics tracks the top 100 Google+ users (determined by how many followers they have) and lets you track your own statistics, such as how many people have added you to their circles, your progression and where you rank in the list of popular Google+ users.


To obtain your own statistics, you need to connect your Google account to the site.

Also in Google+ Statistics: Monitor Google+ statistics such as the male-to-female user ratio (today, 87 percent of Google+ users are male, according to the site) and obtain code to promote your Google+ account on your site or blog with a widget.

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