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Google Apps: Google+

A basic guide to using Google Apps at Butler


Google+ is available as part of Butler Google Apps.

Keep in mind that if you already have a Google+ profile under a personal Google account, your Butler Google+ profile will be IN ADDITION to your personal profile - meaning you will have two Google+ profiles.

The Google+ team is aware of this and is looking into ways to merge accounts when students graduate. Just be aware that the two accounts are separate.

Google+ vs Facebook

Google+ is NOT another Facebook.

Facebook is a SOCIAL network, where you friend your family, friends, coworkers, and other people with whom you have (or had) a real-life connection. It's meant to keep up with your contacts, find out who's doing what, share funny pictures, etc. There is some actual content sharing like Google+, but it's pretty hit-and-miss.

Google+ is a CONTENT network, where you follow like-minded people (mostly strangers) who share your passion: landscape photography, quilting, model railroads, cross-stitch, teacher education, etc. It's meant to share information with other people who are interested in a particular subject, and share it ONLY with those people. There is some socializing like Facebook, but it's mostly within these areas of shared interest. 

20 Reasons to Use Google+

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Information Commons
Call: 317-940-9227
Text: 317-758-3551
Or stop by Irwin Library: we are located at the Information Commons desk on the first floor and in the Center for Academic Technology offices on the third floor.

Features of Google+


Make a great first impression - Show the world a little about who you are and what makes you tick. Your Google+ profile helps you control how you appear within Google+ and all across Google.


Control who sees what you share - Easily manage whose updates you see and choose who you’d like to share with. You can broadcast to the world, or keep your conversations private.


Get together with just the right people - Talk about the stuff you're into with people who love it too. Join public communities around shared interests, or create private communities to get together with just the right people.


Share more beautiful moments - Keep your photos safely backed up online, where they’re accessible from any device. Photos are automatically enhanced to look better than ever, and it’s easy to find highlights from your collection to share.


Bring your conversations to life - Hangouts brings conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android and Apple devices.


Take Google+ with you on the go - The Google+ app lets you stay connected and keep up with the conversation on the go. Automatically back up your pictures, video chat directly from your phone, talk about the stuff you're into with Communities, create events, and much more, all from the palm of your hand.


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937
CAT: 317-940-8575

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