Here’s a handy guide to some of the terms I use throughout my posts and tutorials on Google+.
Profile: These are real people, personal profiles. They are a bit like your blog, your central page – but you decide ‘who’ sees ‘what’ content (depending on who you have shared it with)
Page: These are for businesses, groups, interests or for entertainment purposes. Pages have a small square next to a person’s name. You must created a personal profile first to start a page.
Post: This is a message you send out. It may in the form of an image/link/video etc.
Shares: These are when people spread a post through the Googleverse
Googleverse: Where all the action happens
Commoogling: the refreshing culture of collaboration!
Circles: These are central to Google Plus. There are a way of differentiating groups of people into ‘circles’ of similar passions/interests/locations/etc. You can then look to share different content with different circles. To be able to share a Circle, it must contain 500 or fewer people.
Extended Circles: This is most relevant when sharing posts and doing Hangouts. Extended Circles consist of everyone in your Circles, plus everybody in their Circles.
Getting Circled: This is when someone puts you into a Circle.
+1 button: This is method of ‘positive reinforcement’ on Google. It says everything from ‘I have seen it’, ‘I like it’ etc
+1 and Share buttons: You may find the +1 button combined with a Share function. You will then be able to whom to share i.e. public/circles/emails.
Stream: This is the flow of posts from your Circles. You may view “All” Circles at once, or individual Circles. You can control the quantity of posts from individual Circles that end up in your “All” stream.
The Home Stream: Another name for the “All” stream.
Circle Streams: Viewing the stream of an individual Circle.
Unplugging from the stream: This is when you don’t plug into the Google+ community for a while and wonder if you are missing a vital organ…
Blocking: Sending someone to the naughty corner, possibly permanently. This prevents someone from seeing or commenting on any of your posts, plus whatever profile information you don’t have set to public. You also have the option of reporting users to Google for various infringements.
Mute: This prevents people from sending you notifications. Some people have a bad habit of notifiying strangers of all of their posts without asking first if it’s okay to send a notification. You are still able to interact with people even when they’re muted and their posts will still be present in your Stream.
Hangouts: Possibly Google+’s best feature! Real time video conferences that are just like people hanging out on the porch. Up to 10 devices for normal folks; 15 for Google Enterprise clients.
Hangouts On Air: Basically, your own personal TV station. You can choose to make a Hangout “On Air” which means it is recorded and broadcast live on Youtube! On Air Hangouts also have Studio Mode available, which gives you high quality stereo sound.
Googleverse: Where all the action happens. A collective term describing all Google services where interaction happens.
HIRLs: Hangouts in Real Life i.e. you meet the people and get to eat food, drink or whatever you would do with your friends.
Ping: Getting someone’s attention on Google+ by +mentioning them.
+Mention: inserting someones name in a post or comment by first typing the + symbol. This alerts the person to the post and provides a link to their profile, like such: +martin shervington
Caturday: A weekly holiday where Google+ users posts pictures of cats and cat memes.
Star Wars Tuesday: One of the most important weekly events where the Googleverse conspires to create a fun and harmonious galaxy by sending out Star Wars images.
Hashtags: Like Twitter, you can use #hashtags to apply a topic to your posts and make them searchable by that #hashtag. Be sure not to spam unrelated hashtags just to get attention!
Hashtag Trending: When a particular #hashtag is used by many people at once. You’ll see the trending hashtags on your home stream page.
A googillion: An extremely large number, a bit like what happens for some people if they leave you notifications too long without checking them.
Verified Account: For popular figures, to decrease the possibility of fake, imposter profiles, Google chooses to verify certain accounts. When veriified, you get a check mark next to your name and your own vanity URL to replace your profile ID #. Your account is still accessible by profile number, so you don’t have to change any links.
Your Google+ ID: This is the 21 digit code you find within your profile URL.
Vanity URL: This when you have a +yourname as your Google ID