How to set up Google+ on a Google Apps account

Google+ finally comes to Google Apps

Business Google Apps users can finally take advantage of Google+, Google’s social network.

Since Google+ was opened up to the public in September 2011, users of the Google Apps productivity tools suite have been clamouring to get on Google+ with their Apps account.

Here’s a quick guide to help your administrator set up Google+ on your Apps account

To join Google+ as an Apps user you first need to enable the service for your domain:

  • Go to https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/<yourdomain>/  for example “https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/tjs.co.uk/”
  • Click on the “Organization & users
  • Click on the “Services” sub-heading to see the list of Google services available within Apps
  • Scroll down to the “Additional Services” section where you will find the on/off switch for “Google+
  • Set the switch to “on”; a “Save changes” button will appear at the bottom – click that to save your change.

Your account is now enabled and your employees can now Join Google+ with their account. Here’s how an individual user activates Google+:

  • Go to https://plus.google.com/ where you should be able to join Google+.
  • We have found that it can take a few minutes for the “Google+ is not available for your organisation” message to be replaced with the option to join.
  • Once in, you’ll presented with a number of ‘Suggestions’ of people you may know.
  • These people can now be categorised into ‘circles’ or groups of people you know.
  • Get connecting!
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