25 Google Plus Resources, Articles, and Reviews to Help You Get Started

Google+ (or is it “Google Plus”?), the search giant’s big social initiative, has arrived and there’s a lot to learn. Google’s answer to Facebook has been in the works for a year and has been delayed several times due to disagreements about its design, purpose, and execution. Facebook’s threat to Google’s domination of the Web was a wake-up call that ignited the development of the new social platform. Even though Facebook’s traffic seems to be slowing in the U.S. and Canada, the network’s exponential growth frightened Google’s leadership into taking action. When Facebook discovered the company’s plans, it went into  “lockdown” for 60 days and focused on completing new features like Facebook Groups, Facebook Messages, and Facebook Places.

Google refers to Google+ as a “project” rather than a product, stressing that its goal is to make Google itself more social rather than being a standalone social network that competes directly with Facebook. “It’s ‘Plus’ because it takes products from Google and makes them better and ‘project’ because it’s an ongoing set of products,” said Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president of Social. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably, well, a duck. And Google+ looks like and quacks like Facebook in many ways.

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Top 10 Twitter Tutorials on YouTube

We all know that YouTube is a treasure trove of entertainment, with endless hours of Justin Bieber crooning to tweens and cats playing the piano. But it’s also a terrific resource for learning — there are helpful how-tos about a wide range of topics that do a great job of breaking down complex subjects into visuals that are easy to understand. Users have posted thousands of tutorials ranging from animal care to everyone’s favorite microblogging tool, Twitter.

Whether you want to get your mom started on Twitter or want the scoop on some of Twitter’s best desktop apps and how to use Twitter for brand building, these YouTube videos will keep you entertained while educating you about various aspects of the Twitterverse.

1. Twitter in Plain English

This quick, no-nonsense introduction is a great starting point.

2. Getting Started With Twitter

A simple step by step tutorial on how to create your Twitter account, add friends, and get started tweeting.

3. Twitter Lists in a Nutshell

A quick looks at the “Lists’ feature and how to use it to your advantage.

4. Top Twitter Tools Exposed and Explained

An introduction to the top Twitter tools and how to use them in conjunction with each other to get the most out of Twitter for personal or business use.

5. How to Create an Attractive Twitter Profile

How to  make your Twitter profile page highly attractive and gain more followers.

6. Finding Followers

This easy Twitter tutorial explains several ways to find people to follow on Twitter.

7. How to Tweet From Any Cell Phone

This video shows you how to update Twitter from your cell phone using text messaging. This method doesn’t require any additional apps and works on any phone, but standard text messaging rates apply.

8. How to Use Twitter for Business

Have you signed up for Twitter but found yourself at a loss about what to do with it? This video series will help jumpstart your efforts.

9. Twitter and Brand Building

How to use Twitter effectively for building customer relationships and brand reputation.

10. 5 Business Benefits of Twitter Even if Your Customers Aren’t Using It Yet

How to get value out of the platform before your customers even join.

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