It is no secret that I am a fan of Adobe InDesign. Type is my life, and InDesign allows me to control the type. I am always looking for newer, better, more efficient ways to use the software, so as part of the Google+ assignment, I typed “Adobe InDesign Tutorials” into the search field. Google+ defaults to “Everything” in its drop down menu. But, wherever there is an arrow, there is a drop down menu, so when you see one, click it. A new world of opportunity will present itself.
As you can see, clicking the arrow at the “Everything” button reveals a host of options: People, Community, Hangouts, Events. This presents choices for you. You can join an event or find an expert to add to a circle or follow.
For the choices that appear in this window, I chose “People and Pages” as the option. I notice that Terry White and Pariah Burke appear in the options. Both are recognized names in the InDesign world, so I elect to add them to my “InDesign” circle (which I created). I opt to “Follow” Lynda.com, because this is a site that can teach you almost anything.
Further exploration of the drop down tab also reveals a “communities” tab. Clicking that will give you the option of exploring or joining various user communities that have sprung up around the value in the search field (here I see an option to join a Web Designers, Developers, and Creative People community. Do I click “Join Community” or don’t I? How adventurous do I feel?
I have to admit that I am finding the Google+ options far more useful than I thought. I get a more “LinkedIn” vibe to it than I do with the Flickr “add to contacts” option. This could be a useful tool. Use the search field to research some things you are interested in and see what you can come up with.