G+ Hangout & Circle Review

Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. ~ Plato

I have been using Google’s G+ for a while now, but recently I started playing with Circles and Hangouts. After having a profile for a while that I rarely used, it was fun to delve in and explore.


Hangouts are relatively easy, all you do is navigate to a friend’s profile and then click on the Hangout icon.

image If they are online a dialog will open and you can start a conversation. Note, if you are in the email part of Google you can’t add pictures. In the profile section you can and this can be helpful if you subscribe to the “a picture can be worth a 1000 words” theory. You can also add other people to the hangout if you wish.

Once you have opened a hangout, and especially if you populated with some of your fav people, you can always get back to it from your email window.

Circles have proven to be more difficult to many people out there. Apparently using help is not the first step anyone wants to take. After you have signed on go to: https://plus.google.com/circles where you will find your circles.


If you select the circle with a + in it you can add a new circle. Then you name it and add some people to the group. When you share a picture, link, or video to your profile you can select your audience by use of these circles. Only the people in those group will be able to see your post.

I am by no means an expert in the use of G+. But understanding these two concepts have really helped me to target my shares and meet some interesting people. Good luck!

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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