Left Hand Column of the Stream : Google+1 And The Stream For the Fashion Industry

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When learning about the system, it would be a good idea to develop an understanding of the page layout.  As of July 2011, the Stream was set up in three primary sections.  A left hand column, center column and right hand column.  This layout may change, but using this example will help you get a feel for learning about page layout.

Left Hand Column of the Stream

Main Stream Column (Center)

Right Hand Column of the Stream

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Below is some of what you will find along the left hand column of the stream (again, the information and layout on Google will change from time to time; it is important for you to visit their website for the most current information):

Profile photo and link to your profile: This is the photo that you've chosen as your main profile photo. If you'd like to change it, click on your name to go to your profile, and click Edit Profile at the top of the page.

Welcome tab: This is your one-page cheat sheet for all the key features of Google+.

Stream and Circles: Click Stream to see content shared by all your circles, as well as the collection of people who aren't in your circles but are still sharing with you. Clicking a circle name will display the stream for just that circle.

  • About filtering your stream : When you visit the stream, you'll see content from all of your circles. If you'd like to view the content shared only by a specific circle, you can view the stream for just that circle by clicking the circle name on the side of the page.

Incoming: This is the stream of content from people who have shared with you but aren't in your circles. If it turns out you'd like to add a person from your Incoming stream to your circles, you can mouse over and click Add to circles at the top of their post.

  • Learn more about Incoming.  Sometimes you leave people out of your circles intentionally. Other times, you may not even realize you're excluding someone awesome. When these cool and not-so-cool people share something with you, their pictures will show up at the top of your stream, letting you know they want your attention.

    When viewing your stream, click View their posts in Incoming or Incoming (on the side of the page) to check out the posts shared with you by people who aren't in your circles. If it turns out you'd like to add a person from your Incoming stream to your circles, you can mouse over and click the Add to circle button at the top of their post. Once you add them to one of your circles, their content can be filtered in your stream according to which circle you placed them in.

    If you don't want to hear from someone again you can block that person. And if you just don't want to see one of their posts, you can mute the post.

Notifications: This is a full page view of all your Google+ Notifications. You can receive notifications when important events occur, such as when you're added to a circle or when you're mentioned in a post. Learn how to manage your notification settings.

Sparks: Sparks is where you can find new and trending content for the things you're interested in, and easily share to your stream.

  • Learn more about Sparks at the Fashion Sparks website.

Chat: Enable Google+ Chat, so you can video chat and send instant messages to people in your circles.

You should also read the Getting Started with the Stream section.


Note: The Fashion Streams website is NOT affiliated with Google in anyway.  This site was developed simply to offer assistance to people who wish to learn about Circles, Sparks, Hangouts, etc.  Please consult directly with the Google website to learn the most current details about their service details.  Again, it is important to note that information and links on this site may be out dated by the time you read them.  Please consult with Google regarding all policies, terms, services, etc.

If you see anything on our website that is outdated, please let us know so that we can make corrections.


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Please let us know your suggestions regarding how to find more information about the Stream.  We would be happy to add more information to this site in order to help others.

Here are a few tips that may help you better understand the system:
  • At the top of your stream, you may see the profile photos of people who're trying to share with you. Hop over to Incoming to see what they're sharing.
  • Let's say you have a lot of stuff in your stream, and you only want to see posts from a particular circle. Just filter your stream.
  • And if you want to see the content that you've posted, you can go to the Posts tab of your profile.

You may want to also check out the following links of interest to the Google+project.

Fashion Sparks

Fashion Hangouts

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