(Application) Google+ Profiles

What is Google+?

Google+ is Google’s social and sharing product that enables people from all backgrounds to start conversations, share experiences, collaborate on projects, and form new communities.

How do access

You can access your Google+ profile by signing in with your ONID email address at https://plus.google.com/. You may already be signed into a Google account, but you can confirm you're on the right account by clicking on your profile in the top right corner, then making sure your Oregon State University email is selected.

What helpdocs exist for it?

We understand this program can be confusing to some users, so we have created a few helpdocs for anyone who needs them! Click on any of the following articles to get help:

(Google+) Accessing Settings

Accessing Settings

Once you have logged into your Google Apps for OSU account and entered Google+, you will see a box in the upper left hand corner of the page, under the Oregon State University logo. If you hover over the button and click Settings, it will take you to the settings page. Note: the button that says Home in this photo may also say Profile, People, Photos, etc. 

Hover over or click this: Image preview 

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(Google+) Changes to Profile

Changes to Google+ Profile

When you create a Google+ account through Google Apps for OSU, you can include additional information about yourself. Here's a brief overview of how editing your Google+ information can affect your Google Apps for OSU Directory profile.

Google pulls info in to Google ONID directory depending on your security settings set in Google+. If you set the privacy to Public or Oregon State University, the information may become visible in your Directory profile. If you set something (like phone numbers) to Only You, they will be visible when you view your Directory profile, but not visible to anybody else.

Click here for instructions on how to access your Google+ security settings.

If you want to know what privacy options are available, click here.

If you want more information about Google+ and the Google Directory through Google Apps for OSU, you can find the Oregon State helpdoc here.

(Google+) Directory Information

OSU Directory Information Published on Google

OSU publishes an Online Directory that includes contact information for all students and employees. Your directory profile in Google Apps for OSU shows the same profile information as the directory on the OSU website. You may control which profile data are published; just login to Online Services, click on the Personal Information tab, click on the Directory Profile link, and follow the instructions for updating your profile.

The fields that are provided by default are:

  • Name
  • ONID email address
  • Department
  • Primary affiliation
  • Department and office addresses
  • Your ONID username
  • Any phone numbers you have allowed it to display

Students who do not want information to be included in either the printed or electronic version should indicate that in their Directory Profile on the web before the end of the second week of fall term. Just sign on to Online Services, select Personal Information, then Directory Profile, and follow the instructions on that page.

Controlling Optional Information from a Google+ Profile

If you complete the Google+ registration for your Google Apps for OSU account, you have the option to enter additional information about yourself. Please be aware that any information you choose to publish to your Google+ profile will be visible and available on your Directory Profile in Google to any people you've added to your Google Circles. You can also choose to make your Google+ information available to all of OSU or to the public.

However, you are not required to include any additional information on your Google+ account and you have total control over who can see any additional information that you choose to add. OSU advises you to think carefully before deciding to release this information to either your Google+ Circles or to the public.

The optional information you can add to your Google+ profile and Directory Profile include:

  • Gender
  • Birthday (Month and Day, but year is optional)
  • Relationship Status
  • Other Names (alias)
  • Links (Other profiles, Contributor to, Links)
  • Education Information from Google+ (Overwrites Employment Information)
  • Employment Information from Google+ (Title, Company, and Description)
  • Your Online Status

Here is an example of what your directory profile might look like before and after you add information to your Google+ profile:

When you see the building icon (shown below) and it is clickable, it will take you to the person's Google+ profile.

directory profile

Your public (external to OSU) Google+ profile may look different, depending on your security settings, below is an example of what may be visible. All of the information about you on this page can be edited and individually set to varying levels of privacy.

What your Google+ profile looks like when you view it as yourself:

(Google+) Signing up

Signing Up

There are two ways to do this:

  1. Click on the drop down arrow next to your email address in the upper right-hand corner of the Gmail interface.  If you haven’t already signed up for Google+, there should be a blue button that says Join Google+.
  2. Click on that same drop down arrow and click on Account. You will be redirected to a new page with an option to Upgrade to Google+.

(Google+) Viewing Profile As:Public

Viewing Profile As:Public

When editing your Google+ profile through Google Apps for OSU, you may want to see your profile as the public sees it, to make sure you don't have any unwanted information publicly visible. Here's how you can do that.

In the upper left-hand corner of your profile, you will see a drop-down box that says Profile, followed by some text that says View profile as: Yourself. If you click on the arrow, you can then select Public. You can repeat this process in reverse to return to viewing your profile as yourself.