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Tutorials - All About Google Sparks
[box color="purple-vibrant" type="square" icon="help"]Tutorials - All About Google Sparks[/box] It's tutorial Wednesday and this is the last of our 4 part series on Google and the great things you can do with a few of the new Google Plus features. There are links at the bottom of this post to the rest of the series but to finish off today, we are going to cover Google Sparks! Let's get down to it and discover Google Sparks! Google Sparks Sparks is like a personal newspaper that goes out to find just the news stories and websites that most interest you and bring it back to you. You can also think of it as RSS feeds, just much simpler. You tell Google what you’re interested in. Google will regularly go out on the internet and find articles, websites, news stories and blog posts related to what you’re interested in. Anytime you want to check in on your sparks, Google will show you a list of the most recent topics they’ve found. It makes it very easy to stay on top of various topics. Here’s a quick video overview and then below I will step you through the setup... [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRkAdTflltc[/youtube]   Here’s how to use Google Sparks. Step 1: Click Sparks Click “Sparks” on the left sidebar to access the Sparks page.

  Step 2: Featured Sparks By default Google’s selected a few sparks to feature. Click on one of these if you’re interested. If not, skip to Step 3.

  Step 3: Search for Sparks Enter a keyword, phrase or description of what you’re interested in.

  Step 4: Browse Listings and Add Interests Take a look at some of the articles that pop up when you do a search. If you like what you see and would like to continue to get updates on that topic, then click “Add interest.”

Rinse and repeat this process until you have a handful of sparks that you’re interested in following.   Step 5: Accessing Your Sparks Feed Click on a specific spark in your left sidebar to see what’s new in that spark.

The spark’s news feed will then be displayed.

  Step 6: Giving Plus Ones If you like a specific article, click the “+1” button in the lower left. This will be displayed on your profile, so your friends know what you liked. It’ll also help the content that you liked get ranked higher, as content with more +1’s will generally get ranked higher.

After clicking +1, you’ll see this:

  Step 7: Sharing Content from a Spark If you find something in a spark that you liked, why not share it with your friends? Start by clicking “Share.”

Enter a post or comment along with the share.

Click “Add circles or people to share with…”

Then choose which circle(s) you want to share the post with.

That’s how to use sparks! We’ve covered how to access sparks, how to find sparks, how to add sparks, how to view the spark’s feeds, how to give +1’s and how to share content from a spark. and my friends... that also finishes off our Google Plus series! We have covered.... How to setup your google account Google Circles Google Hangouts and lastly today... Google Sparks! Next Wednesday we will start a new tutorial topic (yes! I'd love your suggestions!) and I hope you will join me then...so stay coolies and see you then :) Kym-Robinsons-Blog-Signature           join in the conversation by leaving a comment and if you liked todays post, how about sharing it with your friends? all the buttons are below for your convenience – thanks in advance!


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