How to Post on a Friend’s Wall on Google+

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Since Google+ launched last week, I’ve been inviting many friends to join. (If you want an invite, send me your email address via the Contact Me form.)  One of the most frequently asked questions people ask is how to post a message on a friend’s wall. In Google+, it seems that you can post only on your own “wall” (the Home tab in Google+, also called Stream), but not on your friends’. 

This question, of course, is asked by people who are so used to using Facebook that going to another friend’s page (or wall) is the natural way to send him/her a message (which is public for all to see). However, in Google+, instead of going to different friends’ pages to post a message, you post on your own page! Doesn’t sound very intuitive, but that’s only because people are creatures of habits and think they have to go somewhere else. 

In Google+, you share all kinds of content (messages, links, photos, videos, check-ins) from one location –> your own page. There are two ways you can send/share a message with a friend.

Private message seen only by your friend

  1. In the Stream box on your Home page, type your message. 
  2. Click the Add circles or people to share with… link and enter your friend’s name or email address. 
  3. Click the Share button to publish/send your message (also known as a ‘post’).

This message will appear in your stream. It will also appear in your friend’s stream if s/he added you to a circle already. If s/he didn’t add you to a circle yet, s/he’ll get a notification that you shared a post/message and will be able to see your message via a link.  

Posting a message to a friend on Google+

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Message to a friend seen also by other friends

At times, you might want to send a semi-public greeting to a friend, for example wishing a friend happy birthday but also wanting mutual friends see the greeting.

 

  1. In the Stream box on your Home page, type your message. 
  2. Add a ‘+’ or ‘@’ infront of your friend’s name to mention him/her 
  3. Click the Add circles or people to share with… link and select or enter all the circles and friends you want to share the message with.
  4. Click the Share button to publish/send your message.

This message will appear in your stream. It will also appear in the streams of all the people you shared the message with. The person whom you added a ‘+’ or ‘@’ will get a notification that you mentioned him/her in your message.

 

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