08 July 2011 | Kate Waite
[Update 14.07.11 - We'll be updating this post as we find additional resources to add]
The launch of Google+ a new social network from Google has been the hot topic of much online discussion. Although access is by invitation only at the moment we couldn't wait to get our hands on it and have a play to find out if Google+ has the potential to make circles, sparks, hangouts, huddles and plus one into the same recognisable phrases as writing on a wall or liking a page.
The first impressions are positive. The ability to add people to "circles" and control easily who you are sharing with is great. This is one area where Google+ really wins over Facebook, where it is much more complicated to restrict who you share individual wall posts with.
There have already been lots of blog posts, guides and resources created for Google+ so we thought we would round up some of the best to help get you started. At this point I should note that if you only have time to look at one link then Google Plus - A Collaborative Guide is certainly the most substantial.
What is Google+
Best place to get started if you want to find out what exactly is Google+.
The Google+ Project: A quick look
This 1m48s video offers a quick look at Google+ and shows how circles can be used.
The New Google Social Network – Google+
A great look at the features of Google+ plus the question posed about how this might affect SEO.
25 Google+ Tips to Enhance Your Google Plus Experience
Lots of short but really useful Google+ tips.
10 tips to make the most of Google Plus
Ten tips on customising your profile including creating a custom URL and a list of hotkeys to navigate your Google+ stream with ease.
How to use Google + a quick guide and thoughts on Google Plus
A crash course on the current features of Google + with tips and screenshots.
How to get started with Google+, Your Complete Guide
Learn all about Google+ with this handy guide and video.
Everything You Need to Know About Google+ (Including What The Heck It Is)
A quick breakdown of the different Google+ elements.
Google+ in 15 Minutes a Day
More excellence from SEOmoz and Dr.Pete as he endeavours to show you how to tame the Google+ beast each day.
How to invite friends to Google Plus
A quick run down on how to invite your friends to the Google+ network.
How to mention somebody in the Google Plus Network
Visual reference to mentioning people and have the status link to that persons profile.
Google+ Apps & Icons
A Google+ depository for icon packs and other resources.
Here Come Google+ Pages for Brands: What You Need to Know
A look at the different strategies between Google+ and Facebook and what this might mean for brand pages.
The PR and marketing implications of Google+
What Google+ means for communicators, marketers and PR practitioners.
What is Google +1 and What Should I Know
What the new +1 button you are seeing all over the web means. Don't forget to +1 this post!
5 things Google Plus Have Over Facebook - Plus One
A look at the strengths of Google+ compared to Facebook.
Google Plus's Real Goal is Not to Kill Facebook, but to Force it to Open
An article looking at how Facebook may have to change.
The post-Google+ world: A Facebook Developer’s Perspective
Opinion piece about how Google+ changes things.
10 Top Google+ Users Weigh In on the Web's Newset Social Network
Mashable collate the thoughts as shared on Twitter and blogs by some of the top Google+ users.
Google+ Comes up Short
A more negative article about how Google+ doesn't really offer anything new or innovative.
Like it or Not
A Wave developer takes a look at Google+.
The Google+ 50
Finally here are 50 thoughts on Google+ covering lots of different possibilities of where it could head.
Growth of Google+
How Google+ probably has more than 4.5 million users already.
Not got an invite yet and want to try out Google+ for yourself? Drop us a line and we can send you an invite.
If you think we've missed out a good resource or interesting link then leave us a comment to let us know.