I thought I was done with Google+ messaging posts after covering the basics and some advanced messaging techniques, but after using Google+ messaging for some time now I’ve come up with a few more tips and tricks I can share with you.
Default Sharing Circles
I’ve seen some people comment that it’d be nice to be able to choose which circle you post to by default. Currently when you create a new share, you get this:
You’re in your main stream, and by default you’re sharing to Public.
If you want to share somewhere else automatically, it’s just about this easy:
Unfortunately I have not yet found a way to make this work with Sparks. Since you leave your Streams when you go to Sparks, you always seem to default to Public while sharing Sparks.
Drag and Drop Sharing
When browsing through your feeds in Google Reader, you can share interesting posts to G+ by simply dragging the post by the headline into the Google+ box. The same works for photos, videos and links from other sources.
This gives you a nice clean shared attachment.
EDIT: As was pointed out in the comments, you may find that dragging directly into the Sharing field does not work right away in Google Chrome, ironically enough! If you encounter this issue, first, send feedback about it. Second, try this: Click once in the field to expand it to a larger typing field. THEN try dragging your item to share into it. It ought to work after doing that. I encountered this issue myself a number of times but got so used to it that I overlooked that step when I wrote this post. My apologies! — GM
Here at GeekBeat.TV, we have a tips email address which the sharp-eyed among you may find somewhere on this site. We use this so that both you, our readers, and we ourselves can easily send in awesome stuff to have our bloggers write about or that Cali might want to cover on GeekBeat and/or GeekBeat Live.
I’m not including the address here because this tip makes it even more ridiculously easy, and I want to spare our inboxes. You dedicated few who search it out, feel free to use it!
Putting these two new Google+ messaging tips together with the ability to Share things with email addresses that do not have Google+ accounts makes submitting stories to us (and many other places) VERY, very easy. Ridiculously easy even, as I said.
My own setup looks like this, using two displays (or one really big display with half the screen given to each window):
Simply go to the circle that contains the address you want to share to; in my case, a circle I like to call GeekBeat Tips. Open Reader up in another window and stick it on the other half of the screen, or the other screen if you’ve got two or more. Drag the story over to post it, and by default it goes where you want. All you have to do is make sure you tick the option to email one person who isn’t on Google Plus, and you’re golden!
This is a simple variation on the Evernote technique I described in a previous post, but it’s easy to miss how useful it can be if you just get creative with it.
Have you found any other uses for any of the messaging techniques I’ve described? Let us know in the comments!