Against my better judgment , I took advantage of Lee Kolbert’s generous offer today of providing Google+ invites to her Twitter followers. I’m still trying to figure out how, and if, I’m going to find the time for another network (for those of you who don’t know, Google+ is Google’s brand-new effort to create a Facebook-like social network), but enough people whose judgment I respect seem to think it could be a valuable tool. So I’m going to spend some time checking it out.
In the process of beginning to do this exploring, I’ve found some useful resources that I thought I’d share here. Feel free to make other suggestions, too.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About:
I’m going to start off with posts from educators. I’d encourage you not only to read their posts, but the comments others have left on them:
Lee Kolbert has written Google+ (Stay With Me Here).
The Google+ Project: targeted sharing is by Tom Barrett. Tom has also started another one of his fabulous “Interesting Ways” series, this time on Interesting Ways To Use Google+ To Possibly Support Learning.
Google Plus vs. Facebook Video Chat: Why teachers and the education market will (or should) lean towards Google Plus comes from The Tech-Savvy Teacher.
Google Plus and Education is from Teaching, Learning and Technology.
Google+ For Learning is an on-going “Scoop.it”
Will Google+ Replace Twitter or Facebook for Teachers? is from The Mind Shift blog.
What Does Google + Mean for Education is from The Innovative Educator.
EdRoundtable: The Future of Google+ in Education
Google+ in the ESL classroom? is from Mobile ESL.
Google + Google makes the same mistake on the three questions for tech adoption is by Dave Cormier.
Here are some guides to using Google+ that seem helpful:
A Walkthrough of Google’s New Social Network, Google+ is from The Atlantic.
Over 130 people are collaborating on an impressive continually revised guide to Google+ over at PC World.
A Beginners Guide to Google+ comes from Geek Sugar.
How To Use Google Plus is from Read Write Web.
Google+ Guide: All You Need to Know about Google+ is from BlogTechnika.
Go To Web 20 has suggestions for tools that will “enhance” your Google+ experience.
Getting Started With Google+ is a screencast by Chris Brogan.
Here are some miscellaneous related posts:
Chris Brogan has 50 thoughts about Google+.
Storytelling and Social Networks: Why Twitter Beats Google Plus is from Read Write Web.
Google+ Pros and Cons is from Mashable.
How Google+ Will Balkanize Your Social Life is from Technology Review.
After Two Weeks, the 20 Most Popular Profiles on Google+ is from The Atlantic.
Here is an infographic comparing Google+ with Facebook.
Start Google+ is a Chrome extension that supposedly lets you easily import your photos from Facebook.
25 Google+ Tips to Enhance Your Google Plus Experience seems to be regularly updated with new “tips.”
20 Google+ tips, tricks and hints is from Tech Radar.
40 Google Plus Tips for Newbies is from Marketing Professor.
Additional suggestions are welcome.
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