How to integrate your Facebook and Google+ streams

For many people, one of the main obstacles to getting started with Google+ is that it adds one more thing to check. SGPlus is a Chrome extension that lets you see your Facebook and Twitter feeds on Google+, and lets you post to either from within G+.

How many social networking sites is too many? For some, Google+ answered that question, but for many of us, the desire to try new things and keep up with our people is just too strong. For those on the fence, a Chrome extension called SGPlus can help avoid digital clutter. It lets you read Facebook and Twitter feeds within G+ and--better, maybe--lets you post to all three at once. Here's how to use it: 

  1. Install the SGPlus extension for Chrome. (For now, anyway, it doesn't work in other browsers). 
    Step 1: Install SGPlus extension.
    Step 1: Install SGPlus extension.
  2. Read through the tutorial. It will pop up every time you reload G+ until you have completed it, so you're better off just clicking through the first time.) 
  3. Click the SG+ icon at the top right of your browser and select the Facebook or Twitter tab. Your only option will be "Sign In." Click it, and validation should proceed automatically. Once you're signed in with either or both, you can set up features from the same tabs, though the defaults should work fine for most people. 
    Step 3: SGPlus options.
    Step 3: SGPlus options.
  4. SG+ detects when you load a Google+ page and should stream your FB and Twitter feeds on your G+ page. Note that it might take quite a while after your first installation. Your posts on G+ should also start to show up in FB and Twitter if you've enabled that feature, though again it may take a while at first. 

SGPlus is very much a work in progress. It may take a few tries to log in to FB or Twitter, and there are occasional glitches with feeds, but for now, it can still make your social networking life much easier.

About the author

    Rob Lightner is a tech and gaming writer based in Seattle. He has reviewed games, gadgets, and technical manuals, written copy for space travel gear, and composed horoscopes for cats.


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