Google+ Companion (Anglais) Broché – 26 avril 2012
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If you think you′ve seen it all when it comes to social networking sites, you haven′t seen Google+ yet! Built from the ground up to be useful to both desktop and mobile users, Google+ offers the same great features as other popular social network sites?yet, Google+ goes one step further by integrating popular Google technologies and introducing exciting new and unique features such as "Circles," "Hang," and "Sparks." Using clear, step–by–step instructions, Google+ Companion helps you master this amazing new social networking technology.
- Highlights the new and innovative features of Google+ with the use of clear, easy–to–understand descriptions
- Introduces you to "Circles," a brilliant feature that allows users to decide what updates and personal information each group of friends see
- Shares helpful details to explain "Hang": the new group video feature
- Walks you through "Sparks," which integrates Google search into the social network
- Addresses how Google+ will be supported on desktop computers as well as Android and iOS devices
Step into the newest world of social networking sites with Google+ Companion!
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The virtues of Google+ are the same ones that have marked most of the successful Google products over the years. It is a very clean, intuitive site, and yet it's powerful enough to satisfy most users social networking needs. However, like many other apparently intuitive products Google+ hides a lot of underlying complexity. 'Google+ Companion' is a very well written and intuitive book that will help all users make the most out of Google+. It is written primarily with the beginning users in mind, but there is enough information even for the advanced users in it. (I for one had finally figured out how to quickly remove people form my circles.) Topics covered include 'What are circles and how do I use them?', 'How do I manage Google+ settings?', 'How do I manage my privacy and personal information?', 'How do I use Google+ to promote my business?', and many others. Many of the topics are covered in the intuitive step-by-step way, but there is also a lot of interesting and useful background material.Lire la suite ›
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The virtues of Google+ are the same ones that have marked most of the successful Google products over the years. It is a very clean, intuitive site, and yet it's powerful enough to satisfy most users social networking needs. However, like many other apparently intuitive products Google+ hides a lot of underlying complexity. "Google+ Companion" is a very well written and intuitive book that will help all users make the most out of Google+. It is written primarily with the beginning users in mind, but there is enough information even for the advanced users in it. (I for one had finally figured out how to quickly remove people form my circles.) Topics covered include "What are circles and how do I use them?", "How do I manage Google+ settings?", "How do I manage my privacy and personal information?", "How do I use Google+ to promote my business?", and many others. Many of the topics are covered in the intuitive step-by-step way, but there is also a lot of interesting and useful background material. The book is printed on nice high-quality paper, and all illustrations and pictures are in color. A fair amount of the information in this book can be found online (by, of course, Googling it), but I often find that having a physical book on my desk can greatly help me get the information quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, Google keeps changing many aspects of Google+ fairly often, so the chances are that many parts of this book may become obsolete in the near future. However, from my experience with other social networks I suspect that the basic core features are a bit more robust, so this book will probably remain relevant for some time.
It's hard to separate telling you what this book covers from telling you why you should use Google +, but after reading this book (or using it as a reference) you will not only have a clear idea how to use Google +, but why you should use it. You will understand how its orientation differs from that of Facebook, how it integrates will other Google products, and how its take on social networking is vastly more flexible than other social network sites.
After reading this book, you will understand the concept of circles, why it's good to have circles for family, for friends, for acquaintances, and for those whom you merely follow. You will see how easily you can share some posts with the public, share those family photos with everybody in your family at once, but share those of your college reunion instantly with a different circle of people. Your college friends may or may not have interest in your baby pictures, but your family might have no interest in seeing photos of complete strangers without you in any of them. Likewise, information you post will often be relevant to one circle of people in your life, or to many, and you can share with as many or few circles as you wish. You will learn about +1 (similar to Facebook's "like" but more aptly named than when you "like" a post about a hurricane that destroyed a town or one announcing the death of a friend) as well as many other points about sharing. You will learn about hangouts, where you can do everything from chat using messages to having video chats with an entire group. And you will learn how to control all these features.
There were a few areas where I think the book could have used more detail, such as the barely mentioned integration with Picasa. Mentioning it as one of the ways of uploading photos in the same part of the book that covered other methods would have been preferable to mentioning as an afterthought as was done in this book. If you understood how Picasa figures into things, you might understand why somebody like me has over 16,000 full resolution photos in Plus that came directly from my computer, which might have made no sense with other social networking sites. Yet with the ability to automatically sync everything from your Android phone's photos using instant upload to every photo on your computer managed by Picasa, Plus would be a great tool even if you never got beyond photos and videos. And circles make it so that your spouse and children can have access to all those family vacation and baby picture albums, the sheer volume of which would scare people away if you merely shared it will all "friends."
There are also many areas where I found far too much detail. But that's not really a criticism since this book can be used as a reference and areas can be skipped. If you are using Plus already, you might be an early adopter and might think this book is unnecessary. But Plus is so broad that you might still get a lot out of it. Or you might want to use Plus because your friends and family are tired of posting to several social networking sites and are urging you to set up Plus so you can read about their latest exploits or see their latest video, or join them in a hangout. In that case, knowing how to move from your existing Google accounts for Gmail or anything else and integrating Plus can be an easy experience. And if you've never used or heard of Google before, you'd still be able to work your way through it.
This book may not be the perfect tool, but it might be the best resource out there for anybody looking for a book on Plus. The examples in the book are not hypothetical, and often refer to the author's own Plus presence. And he's a real person who will read and answer your posts or email. Or perhaps he'll block you in extreme cases, but if you read his book you'll know how to do the same whether you want to follow somebody or avoid that person completely.
Google + is a social media site, right up there with Twitter, Face Book, and Linked In. It is relatively new on the scene, and expanding rapidly. In "Google + Companion" we have one stop shopping - a very well written book that allows the reader to sit down in front of their computer and accomplish what they want with Google + with ease. A short note about the author - Mark Hattersley. As Editor in Chief of Macworld UK, he is eminently qualified to write this book. He writing is concise, easy to understand, and easy to follow. Throughout the book we find screen shots of the material under discussion, which is a huge visual help. At the end of the book is a section on resources, and an easy to use index.
The book is divided into sixteen chapters, and covers topics such as what is Google +, why we should use it, how to set up a user profile, finding and adding friends, creating and using circles, working with hang outs, uploading and managing photo's, using the 1+ feature on Google +, managing Google + settings, Google + on a mobile device, and much more. The Table of Contents itself shows where in each chapter (i.e. on what page) specific issues are addressed.
For me this is a find, and I think that it will be for you too!
This book helps one to cut through Google jargon and explains the specific service's fundamentals so that one can explore more. Unlike many books of this type, this book's illustrations closely match the explanatory text, and the writing is clear. A much faster way to understand Google+ than to work hard at it.