Most users know that you can press the (+) key to tag someone in Google+. The problem is that many times the list can’t find the right person because there are too many to show. It starts by filtering those that are in your circles, but if you’re trying to find the “John Smith” that just left a comment, good luck.
Fortunately, there are a few solutions.
Replies and More
There is a nice Google Chrome extension called “Replies and more for Google+“. It adds a “reply” link next to each comment, so you can just click that and the user will be tagged in the reply box for you. It’s very handy.
Tagging via URL
A solution to tag people the system will stubbornly refuse to show you in the search box.
How many times has this happened to you ? You want to tag someone, type the ‘+’ and begin spelling the name you know exists at excruciatingly slow speed to let the search system catch up. But to no avail : at a point, you don’t find the person and you seemingly can’t tag her.
There’s a convoluted solution to this. All you have to do is open that person profile, or have a link to her profile on the page. Copy either the whole url or just the numeric ID depending on what you have handy, and paste only this numeric ID after a + (you may need to clean up the extraneous bits and pieces like “https://…”).
Upon clicking the “share” button, this will be parsed into a tag as usual.
Happy tagging !
I’ve found that it works best to just include their user id next to the plus sign (“+12345678901234567890″) and it works very well. The only downside is that it doesn’t parse it right away, so you have to actually share the post before you know if it worked or not. That’s kind of a pain, but at least Google+ lets you edit your posts in case it didn’t work quite right.
Great tip, Manuel!