Five Google Plus Sites You Should Know About


When Google Plus (Google+?) was rolled out last month, I was a bit reluctant to join yet another social networking site, but at the same time excited to pop in and see what Google was really up to.

To my surprise — and to the most of us — Google Plus, in only a few weeks, was able to muster over 20 million users. Plussers (the Google Plus users) are inviting, sharing, hanging out, and adulating Google Plus because, I think, most of them are comfortable using Google Plus — not to mention that Google has made our life easier, and the least we people could do is crown this social networking with success.

So, here we are, helping Google to reach enviable numbers with the hopes that the site will improve over time. In this article, we are going to focus on the websites, the little gems, that are an extension to Google plus.

Some of the sites are popular, and some of them not much known to the outside world. +1 them. Explore them. And let me know if you’ve an interesting site to share.

GPlus — Create Custom Google Plus URL

If you want anyone to circle you but you can’t remember the long — ugly, ahem! — URL of Google Plus then welcome GPlus, a site that brings aboard short vanity URL for your Google Plus profile.

All you have to do is to enter a nick name along with your Google Plus ID, and a shortened URL is created. This URL redirects to your Google Plus profile. Simple. And very useful.

Example: http://gplus.to/blogote

Find People on Plus

Did you know Engineers, Developers and Designers are the top 3 occupation of Google Plus users? That’s what this site says so.


If you are targeting people on Google Plus, then this is the website you should definitely check. What I liked about Find People on Plus is the ability to filter people based on interests — your interests. And there are a dozens more things you could probably do with this website. Go ahead and explore it.

Hangout on GPlus — Longest Hangout on Google Plus

While browsing through Google Plus last week, I picked up this link where a small pool of users wanted to make a public hangout. With the initial initiative from Mark Olsen, he now has created what is known as the longest hangout on Google Plus. The site, Hangout on GPlus, streams video of people chilling out on their webcam through the Google Plus Hangout.

I was on this hangout, twice, and I find this incredibly entertaining. I made quite a few friends, but Mark Olsen and Annetta Haven are two nice people I’ve circled on Google Plus — oh, while you’re at it, feel free to circle me.

Another note-worthy site, similar to Hangout on GPlus, is Hangout Party. The site is nothing new but not popular yet, which makes it easier to stalk your way into the room.

GP Hangouts — Public Hangout List

GP Hangouts is the first Google Plus site that had me glued for hours. What we have here is the list of publicly available hangouts of Google Plus updated manually by the plussers. There are a variety of brand-spanking-new hangouts available every hour.ll you have to do is click on the link to visit their profile, and join the hangout.

Some of the hangouts might go on indefinitely, but it’s fun… to leave and join another hangout. One thing I’d like to see GP Hangouts to implement is to list hangouts automatically, so that we don’t miss out any interesting hangouts. Other than this, I think GP Hangouts is — pay attention — the doorway for you to become the Mega Stalker of Google Plus.

Women of GPlus

It’s never been easier to find the other side of the world on the internet, the world filled with females. Loads of them. Luckily, this is the site — more like a blog — where we have popular Google Plus ladies interviewed. And, as usual, these ladies refrain from revealing their exact age.

I’d like to see a similar site with less information, and a site linking directly to their Google Plus profile. Plus a filter based on our interest would be a nice addition. In anyway, this is another useful site to find the popular people of Google Plus.

  • Alicia

    If anyone would send me an invite, I would greatly, greatly appreciate it! I’m a total tech nerd… yet 6ft tall and blonde, not typical! lol But I LOVE learning and technology, and can’t believe I’m so late getting in on this!

    Please send invite to alicia27 at gmail

    Thanks in advance to some wonderful person, to whom I’ll owe a lot of gratitude! :)

    • http://blogote.com Sidharth

      Not too late; check your email. ;)

  • kate

    I liked your article until #5.

    Don’t you think women read your blog? Are you encouraging men to stalk women on the web? That gives me the creeps. It makes me not want to connect with guys in my circles.

    • http://blogote.com Sidharth

      “For now, ravenous men of the internet, you know where all the birds are located.”

      I see why this sounds creepy. All right, I’ve removed this line from the article. Now, can we be friends?

      Just kidding. I was trying to be funny, but I’ve failed the Internet once again.

      • kate

        Thanks for responding. I sometimes wish guys could be a woman for a day and see what it’s like — especially online. : )

  • Mikee

    Hi there Sidharth.

    Just read through your article about the 5 sites to know about on Google+. I read that you were searching around, which means that there is a slim chance that if asked really nicely – you know what’s coming.
    Can you please send me an invite to G+ so I can het on there and away from FB. If you don’t mind please send it to my gmail address I have given with this post. Thanking you in advance for your consideration and time. Regards Mikee

    • http://blogote.com Sidharth

      Haha. Mikee is Clever.

      Okay, okay, I’ll send you an invite tonight. ;)

  • Ken Horden

    What about http://gplusinsider.com. They’re a great google plus news site. You should check them out. Fantastic list btw.

    • http://blogote.com Sidharth

      Thanks, ken.

      I have been through the site before, and I have to agree with you: it’s a great site. I think the reason I didn’t include GPlus Insider was partly because it’s a blog.

  • http://information-technology1234.blogspot.com Prerak From IToOns..

    Nice sharing buddy during ‘the days of Google+’

    • http://blogote.com Sidharth

      Thanks, Prerak! :)

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