Unless you have lived under a rock this past two-week, then you would have heard what practically everyone (and I mean everyone!) is talking about Google+.
Since the search giant released a brand new social network Google+, it has been received a lot of attention from tech pundits and the social media community.
No matter you are already on Google+ or not, as with any new online service, understanding how to control your privacy and information is important. So to help you get the task done, I write this short 4 simple-step-guide towards How To manage who can email you directly, get notified of Google+ actions, disable the Google+ service and export your Google+ data.
1. Prevent Anyone on Google+ from Emailing You
In Google+, head to the top right corner of your screen, click the gear icon and select “Account Settings.” Select the “Profile and privacy” tab on the left, then choose “Edit visibility on profile” next to “Public profile information.”
Ensure the box is unchecked to disable this feature. Otherwise choose who to give this option to from the drop-down menu.
2. Selectively Disable Post Resharing on Google+
When you post an update or link on Google+, there is an option for you to share it publicly or with certain people of your circles. When your post displayed on their stream, they can re-share your post with their circles. If you don’t want others to share one of your post, you can disable the share function.
The first thing you need to do is to write your post or share a link, then choose the circles you want to share it with. Once it’s posted, click the drop-down menu on the right of the post, then select “Disable reshare.” This will remove the “Share” link next to “Comments” to preventing others from reposting it.
You can also tweak other settings for your posts, which includes editing the text after publishing it, deleting the post and disabling the comment feature.
3. Disable Google+ Email Notifications
When someone adds you to a circle on Google+, or post their comments on one of your post, you will received email notifications.
If you don’t want to those notifications flood into your inbox, you can click on the top right “Account Setting” under your name, then click on the Google+ tab on the left side menu bar, then you see below this list.
Above this screen capture you see is default setting – Google+ will send you an email for essentially every action others take that affects you. If you no longer want to receive email from Google+, just uncheck the boxes next to the notifications you no longer want to receive.
If you want to be notified via SMS,you can also add your phone number from above page, as well as to choose specific circles or users whose tags of you are automatically approved.
4. Export Your Google+ Data
Google+ gives you the option to download your Google+ information and activities to your computer, it includes Picasa Web albums and photos, your Google profile, Google Buzz information, Google Contacts and Stream activities.
Again, to download your data, you need to click on “Account settings” (under your name on the top of right bar), choose the “Data liberation” tab, then click either “Download Your Data” to export everything, or select a specific service as you want.
There you go – 4 simple steps to get your Google+ privacy setting done. Hope you find above tips helpful and enjoy the G+ fun.
If you have already scored yourself an invite and join the Google+, don’t forget come and say ‘hello’. If you are not on yet but you want to, I don’t mind to send you the invitation. Otherwise you need to be patient and wait for while till Google+ open to the public.