Editors' note: This blog was originally published on July 28, 2011.
If strong privacy options, the absence of FarmVille, and a fresh set of friends sound good to you, you've probably signed up for Google+.
Google+ has opened its doors to the public, allowing anyone to visit plus.google.com and immediately open a new account.
Once you've settled into Google+, browse our handy collection of tips including the essentials, profile tweaks, and a few guides for moving your photos from other social networks (like Instagram and Facebook) swiftly into Google+.
Learn the basics
Learn how to tag friends, format text, edit photos, share directly to Facebook and Twitter, send direct messages, use permalinks, and let friends e-mail you directly from your profile.
Make sure your profile is up to snuff. We show you how to customize privacy settings, display photos, link to favorites sites, and more.
If you've tried it but just aren't impressed, we'll show you how to delete your Google+ content without affecting your other Google services.
Download all your Google+ data, including your stream, profile, contacts, and circles, for offline availability and security in case of tampering.
Manage your photos
If you're ditching Facebook for Google+, don't leave your memories behind. We show you how to transfer your Facebook photos to Google+.
Follow this easy guide to importing your Instagram photos onto your profile.
Creative Commons licensing lets you protect your images (and other stuff) from strangers who might take advantage of them for financial gain. Google+ makes it incredibly easy to share your photos using CC licensing. Here's how to get started.
Know your privacy
Notifications from strangers and comments from trolls are enough to scare you away from Google+. Luckily, there are a couple new options to keep them away.
Customize your privacy on Google+
Make sure you're not oversharing, or revealing personal information on Google's new social network. We show you how to lock in the right privacy settings.
This desktop app can keep you from spending all day looking at your Web browser for notifications from your friends.
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+.
Conveniently access your Google+ notifications and settings as you browse the Web.
Unlike other social networking services, Google+ doesn't let you create your own personal URL. Follow this guide to create your own short URL for sharing with friends.