10 tips to help you get the most out of Google+

These short video clips show you how to send direct messages, manage your privacy and more on Google+.

Although Google+ will probably seem easy for techies to understand, some of the features are more advanced. It’s actually surprising how much you can do, and how many handy little shortcuts there are.

Nobody knows if Google+ is going to replace Facebook in the long run, but if you want to start getting the best out of it, you have to learn some of its best features. This handy list of tips can help you do that.

1. Change the text format in your updates

Make your Google+ status updates stand out by using these simple formatting tips. You can bold, italicize or put a strike through your text.

2. Using Sparks

Sparks is a nifty feature that helps you follow your interests. Like-minded people use Sparks to share links or discuss what they’re passionate about, from movies to comic books and social media to pizza.

3. Drag and drop photo content

Google+ makes it super easy to share photos and videos in your stream. All you have to do is drag and drop the media into the sharing window and post away.

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