Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Google+ Comes to Macalester

We're pleased to inform you that we've brought Google+ to your Macalester account! Google+ is a social media tool that introduces new ways for our community to connect and communicate with each other. For an overview of Google+ features, check out the Google+ Overview. For details on using Google+, see the Google+ Help.

Joining Google+
The first step to joining Google+ is to create your Google+ Profile. Make sure to join using the same name you use for your Macalester email. Learn more

Join now at plus.google.com!

Feature highlights

  • Google+ Profiles: Create a profile with information about yourself. For example, you can add information about your classes, campus activities or groups, projects, and expertise. You can choose which information is visible to others inside or outside Macalester. The only exception is your name, which is always publicly visible. Learn more about Google+ Profiles
    • Birth Date: When asked to enter your birth date, enter your actual birth date. If you enter an incorrect birth date, you risk locking yourself out of your account. Learn more about Google+ age requirements
  • Circles: Share information with specific people by organizing your contacts into circles. For example, create circles for friends, classmates, co-workers, courses, projects, or special-interest groups on campus. Learn more about circles
    • Also, when posting content, you can quickly share it with everyone at our institution, even if you haven't added all of them to a circle, by choosing Macalester College from the list of sharing options.
  • Streams: You receive posts from others in your stream. This is where you can find and engage with content that's shared with you. Learn more about streams
  • Hangouts: Connect and communicate with others in multi-way video rooms called hangouts. You can also preview “hangouts with extras,” which provides screen sharing and integrates with Google Docs for collaborative editing. When you start or join your first hangout, you’ll be prompted to install the Google Voice and Video Chat plug-in for your Web browser. Learn more about hangouts
  • Picasa Web Albums: Because Google+ uses Picasa Web Albums for photo sharing, we've also turned on this service for your Google Apps account. When you share photos, they're stored in Picasa Web Albums, which you can access at picasaweb.google.com
  • Mobile access: You can use Google+ on mobile devices, using either a native app or a mobile Web browser. Learn more
Some important reminders
Learn more about using Google+ on campus
Over the course of spring semester, ITS will provide workshops, information sessions, Daily Piper notifications, and online resources for our community to learn more about Google+. Check out the ITS training webpage for more information.

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