Within just a short period of time of its launch, Google’s very own social network (known as Google+, or Google Plus) had accumulated over 10 million users, with numbers soon rising to over twice this level.

Whilst the overall number of people using Google + on a regular basis is still a little way below Facebook and Twitter, the numbers are continuing to rise at a fast rate.

By combining the best of Twitter and Facebook along with some benefits all of its own, Google + offers a platform which is easy to join, so why not try it out and see if it is something that you enjoy losing. 

All you need to set up an account is:

  • A Computer
  • An Internet Connection

If you want to give it a try, we have drawn up a simple to follow step-by-step guide on how to join Google +

Step 1: Go to the Google+ website. All sign ins for any Google application are all one sign in. If you have a Google account, sign in, if not, click on Create an account at the bottom of the page.

Step 2: After clicking on the ‘Create a new Google account’ option, you will be presented with a screen where you will need to fill in a number of personal details including:

  • Name
  • Preferred Username
  • Password, Birthday
  • Gender
  • Mobile Phone (optional)
  • Other email address.
  • You will also need to agree to Google’s terms and conditions

Follow the on-screen instructions and click submit.

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Step 3: After setting up your account, you will be prompted to continue into Google +.

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Step 3: On the next page, Google+ will ask you if you want to add anyone that it thinks you might know to your friends list. This is optional and only needs to be completed if you want to.

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Step 4: After completing the previous step, you will be asked if you would like to follow other pages that might interest you. Again, choose if you wish or click Continue. It may prompt you if you don’t pick anything at this point, but you are not obliged to choose anything and can continue if you wish.

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Step 5: The next stage of the set-up process will offer you the opportunity to add a photo to your profile. You have two options here, you can either Snap a photo with your webcam or you can upload a photo from your computer.

Click on your choice and follow the on-screen prompts to upload your picture.

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Step 6: Once you have uploaded a picture you may also like to complete further information about yourself such as where you went to school or where you work  If you don’t want to complete this, just click Finish. 

Step 7:  You are now ready to start using Google+!!