Wow it's now 2014 and this thread is still getting traffic.
Google+ has updated so many things since this thread.
I just wanted to say most how tos have gone to video
Here is a link to the play list for Google+ on Hot Blog Tips.
Google Plus How Tos
Check them out and if you don't find what you need just ask for help and we will do our best to steer you in the right direction.