You don’t have to have Gmail to have a Google+ account
THIS IS A SERIOUS NEWS FLASH – at least as of today… You don’t have to take the bait and set up a gmail account just so you can take advantage of Google+, Google+ Hangouts, YouTube. etc. Google would like to lead you down the path, but you don’t have to go there and drink the Kool-Aid. Are you struggling to keep one online identity? As a sometimes “too early” adopter, I have too many online profiles, yet they are all me. I feel like I need to gather them up into one cohesive presence, but am still unraveling the pieces of Google, Google+, Gmail and my own branded presence.
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I’ll tell you about a client and the discoveries we made today about Google+.
This client had a login for Google analytics firstname.lastname@example.org. They can view stats, set up adWords campaigns, etc. They also had an old PLACES page – before Google Places became part of Google+ with “LOCAL.” We had verified through their postcard verification system over a year ago, since we clicked too many times to get the quickie verification online. We added photos, hours, description,categories and it was a PLACES profile. We verified the client “OWN THIS BUSINESS?” through the process.
I wanted to create a Plus PAGE for this client. I went to gmail.com and logged in with the client’s login for analytics: email@example.com – at this point there were these confusing paths before us to set up a gmail account, login with gmail and have the firstname.lastname@example.org be the SECONDARY email allowing them to login with EITHER. We didn’t want that. The client didn’t want that. So instead of taking the bait, I clicked on the +Bob link in the upper left. Client’s first name is Bob. VIOLA! I’m in Google+ as the client. There is no other email associated with this account. It is HIS own domain, branded, BUT with access to the tools on Google+.
He is able to completely modify his profile, as anyone with a Gmail account would be able to do. He can start a hangout.
Now, helps to add Bob (email@example.com) to my CIRCLES on G+, he adds me to his. It speeds up the notification/invitation process SUBSTANTIALLY!
Back to Google+ for NON GMAIL USERS. What this means is that we can allow ANYONE to join our circles, even without a Gmail account. REALLY! If you have set up a GOOGLE account with your branded email — remember, we should all be using our BRANDED emails — you can then create a beautiful BANNER and a PAGE for your company.
Don’t forget to COMPLETELY fill out your profile on Google. Banner, tagline, links, etc.
I came to this knowledge late and had a Google+ for my branded email, but I was always using my main @gmail account to bring in mail from 10 accounts. This had been going on for about two years and then the onset of Google+. STINK. I need my mail history, etc. so I just swallowed hard and stayed with my @gmail account.
I have TWO profiles that I have to figure out which to use as my primary:
https://plus.google.com/109627307196701790504 is with my BRANDED email of firstname.lastname@example.org login.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/117465476555941682843/posts is with my catch all hub of email@example.com
At least I only have ONE page and I have set up @susanfinch.com to be a MANAGER of my page that was set up in my @gmail + account.
Are you dizzy yet? I am, but it’s getting better.