How to Get Google+ Running in Your Mac’s Menubar

How to Get Google+ Running in Your Mac’s Menubar

Have you fallen in love with Google+? Do you find yourself checking the social network frequently throughout your day?

There’s a free app in the Mac App Store that let’s you run Google+ from your Mac’s menubar, and it’s called Tab for Google+. With this app, you can easily check and interact with Google+ while doing just about anything on your Mac.

Tab for Google+ isn’t exactly the most beautiful thing we’ve ever seen, but it does the job. This is the first menubar app for Google+ we’ve come across, and it lets you do everything you would expect from within your Mac’s menubar.

You can view your streams, photos, circles, profile and notifications. It would be nice if the app had Growl support for notifications, but sadly it does not.

Tab for Google+ is not an official app from Google, and the company that made the app actually displays little ads for its other products in the bottom bar of the app. The ads are unobtrusive, but that may be a deal breaker for some.

If you’ve been itching to have Google+ in your menubar, download Tab for Google+ in the Mac App Store and give it a try. Let us know what you think.

How do you check Google+ on your Mac? Have you found any cool apps?

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  • GregsTechBlog

    I tried this, but stopped using it after I realized that it activates the dedicated graphics card while it’s running (which is all the time). 
    Kind of a deal breaker if you’re looking to conserve a bit of power out of your MacBook.

  • jeanlouisnguyen

    I’m using Tab for Google+ on OS Lion, but it needs improvement. Because the Macbook Air takes a few seconds to re-connect to wifi after sleep, the app gives me a page error every time I open it, and it will not refresh on it own unless I tell it to do so.

  • Lennart Östman

    It sucks! Tab for google+ just doesn’t work. I can’t choose to whom I will publish, I just get a spinning wheel and nothing happens.

  • TylerHoj

    Argh! I’ve wanted to try Google + for awhile now. Never fell in love with Facebook really, but wanted some sort of blog-type social network account other than twitter [and I guess disqus]. An INVITE from someone would be nice. 

  • Forest Walker

    Whats your google username?

  • B066Y

    I’m still waiting for a Google+ invite.

  • Michael De

    Just use gfxCardStatus.

  • Stephen Hicks

    I would love an invite too….altho is Google even accepting invited now? Any idea when it will open up again?

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  • tgsmith98

    I have plenty of G+ invites if you guys want one. just give me your google user name and I will send you an invite.

  • Tim Sproule

    This link will give the first 150 people invites.

    https://plus.google.com/_/noti

  • c.t

    Thank You so much

  • B066Y

    Thanks, the link worked great.

  • Jonathan Daniel Torres Verduzc

    in order to check google+ i use a chain between gmail and “notify app”, the only ting i had to do is to make g+ to send a notification on my gmail, and notify app alerts me on my menu bar about new mails, then i just check whats going on. i use an old leopard mac without posibilities of update, so i cant have any of those fancy new apps.

  • ekkelon

    Hello …. I have problem with Tab for Google+…. I have Lion in my MacBook and when i open the TabG+ App. the error message “network error and reload page” appear …. but I have the network connection … I try to uninstall and reinstall the app. but the problem are the same …. Some helps? THNX. Attached the error image …

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  • Bekkenes

    G+ is boring and pointless, kinda like facebook for geeks.

  • JMattP

    You don’t have to do it like that anymore. Just use the link.

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