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Google+ at Brown: Getting Started

Google+ will be enabled for Brown accounts on January 23rd, 2012.  

Before you create a Google+ account with your Brown address, please make sure you have read the overview of Google+ and important notes about its use at Brown.

Getting Started

First: Create Your Account
  1. Go to http://plus.google.com
  2. Make sure to enter an accurate birthday when signing up. If you are over 13 but accidentally indicate you are under 13, you will be prevented from creating an account.
  3. After creating an account, you can access Google+ by logging in at http://plus.google.com or by clicking the +[Your Name] link at the top left of your Gmail.
Second: Check Your Privacy Settings and Public Profile
Remember that when you create a Google+ account, a public profile is created for you. You can change the visibility of everything on your profile except your name, which is public. A great tutorial on Google+ profile privacy settings is available at
Google's guide to your profile is available at http://support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1355890

Some settings to be especially aware of:
To check your chosen privacy settings, we recommend viewing how your profile looks to other people.

Third: Create Your Circles
Sharing in Google+ is based on Circles, or groups of people you define.  Since you are using Google+ with your Brown email account, you will also be able to share with everyone at Brown. Here’s how to create your circles: http://support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1254208

How to Use Google+

How to Share Content

How to Use the Hangout Feature
Hangouts are video chats with up to 10 participants. Along with sharing video from your webcam, you can also share your screen (helpful for giving presentations or demonstrations), collaborate on a Google Doc, or watch a YouTube video together.

How to use Google+ Mobile You can download a Google+ mobile app at http://www.google.com/mobile/+/
Note that the app has a setting which determines whether photos you take with your mobile device are uploaded (but not shared) on Google+. This can be a convenient way to access your phone's or tablet's photos online, but some people may prefer not to automatically upload photos.

More Resources

Ideas of how Google+ can be useful in a university setting  http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/edu/+/university.html
General Overview of Google+ 

All Google+ Help

Known Issues