Today’s lesson is the beginning of an exciting series from Ed Dale about Google Reader.  As you view the next few posts, you’ll learn more about what Google Reader does and how to get the most out of it.  View Ed’s video below:

How To Create A Google Account

As Ed states in the video, it’s quite possible that you already have a Google account.  How do you know?  Perhaps you already have a “gmail” account or you’re signed up for some other Google service which requires an account.  If that’s the case, you may skim through this lesson and move on to the next.

Assuming that you are “starting from the start,” here are the steps to take to create your new Google account:

First off, go to: http://www.google.com/ – depending on where you are in the world, you may end up on Google.au or some other localized version of Google.  The steps will work the same no matter where you are in the world.  From the Google home page, click on the <more> menu button and select the “Reader” option.

Google Reader - More Menu - Reader

From here, you could sign into Google Reader from your user account – or – if you don’t have a Google account, you have the opportunity to create one.  Most of the time, Ed would recommend taking the Google Reader tour – but in this case, don’t take the tour yet.  Ed’s going to reveal a Google Reader trick that few people know about.  It’s a real time-saver.

Let’s go ahead and create your Google account.

Google Reader - Create Account Button

Type in your current email address and enter a password.  You also have the option to “Enable Web History.”  Ed recommends leaving that box checked.  There are a lot of Google tools that will help with team management and document sharing – things that we will be learning about as we go forward. 

So leave that box checked .

Google Reader - Create Account Info 1

Select your location, type in the “Word Verification” and review the terms of service.

Google Reader - Create Account Info 2

Then just click on the “I accept. Create my account” button – and there you go.  Join us for the next few posts as we learn how to get the most out of Google Reader.

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