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After you set up Google+, the main Google+ screen appears as you saw on Figure 5. The latest message from one of your Google+ friends appears at the top of the screen.

  1. The orange menu bar appears at the top of the screen, so you can view Google+ pages associated with your account, find people in your Contacts list you can add as Google+ friends, see how many updates you have, and access the menu.
  2. Below the menu bar, the Everything bar indicates that you’re looking at an aggregated list of news updates from all your Google+ friends.
  3. The latest updates appear as tiles on the screen. Swipe up and down the screen to read more updates. When you swipe down, the menu and Everything bars disappear; when you swipe up, the menu and Everything bars reappear at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap a tile to open the post on the entire screen, as shown in Figure 7.

    Figure 7

    Figure 7 The Add a Comment field appears at the bottom of the screen, and the Send icon appears to the right of the field.

  5. Tap the Add a Comment field and use the keyboard to type your message to comment on the post.
  6. Tap the Send icon.
  7. Tap the Back touch button to return to the Google+ home screen.
  8. Tap the Everything bar to open the Google+ menu shown in Figure 8 that shows a variety of options for accessing different parts of Google+.

    Figure 8

    Figure 8 The three most discussed topics appear as the first three entries in the Explore list.

  9. Tap the Search for People, Pages, Posts field to type a search term. Google+ shows a results page that shows any Google+ friends, posts, and/or photo tags that meet your search criteria.
  10. By default, you view posts from all your “circles,” which are groups of your Google+ friends that you can modify. View members of only one circle—for example, only people in the Family category—by tapping My Circles to see the list of circle categories.
  11. Tap the circle that contains users whose posts you want to view. After you tap the circle, the screen refreshes and displays the latest posts from Google+ users in that circle.
  12. If you belong to a Google+ community, which is a group of users that have a common interest, you can view posts from Google+ users within a specific community by tapping My Communities to see a list of communities you belong to.
  13. Tap the community that contains users whose posts you want to view. After you tap the community, the screen refreshes and displays the latest posts from Google+ users in that community.
  14. In the Explore section, you can tap a topic Google+ has identified as popular among your friends, see what else Google+ thinks are hot topics, and see what’s happening on Google+ in locations near you.
  15. At the menu bar at the bottom of the screen, you can add a photo, location, or event to your new Google+ post.
  16. View new and recent notifications in the Notifications list by tapping the Notifications icon, which is the outline of a bell. The number of new notifications you have received, such as a new post in a group, appears next to the Notification icon as an orange box with the number of new messages inside it. If there are no new messages, no box appears.
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