Getting started with Google Gemini

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Steven Keely

This introductory guide is designed to assist you in acquainting yourself with Google Gemini, an AI chatbot that can be used across an array of inquiries and cues: to brainstorm ideas and/or create a variety of content, automate tasks, improve efficiency, and create new products and services. Follow these steps, and you'll be chatting with Google Gemini in no time at all!

How to use Google Gemini

To get started, you’ll need to set up a free account. For more complex tasks, Gemini Advanced is available for a monthly fee.

  • Go to https://gemini.google.com/
  • Create or sign in to your Google account
  • In the text box at the bottom, enter your question or prompt and press enter or press Submit.
  • Gemini will then generate a response. You can continue to interact with Gemini by asking follow-up questions or providing additional information.

Select Export or simply copy and paste the text into your program or platform of choice.

Crafting prompts in Google Gemini

Prompts can be questions or statements. Type a question or statement into the text input box. Keep your prompt clear and concise to get the most accurate and relevant response. 

For instance, you can enter: “Please offer 10 recommendations on the best places to visit in San Francisco for beautiful views.”

Learn more about prompting in Prompting 101 — Writing prompts for AI.

Check other responses to your prompt

In Gemini’s most recent update, you can often (but not always) review other drafts that Gemini creates. At the top right of Gemini’s response, select View Other Drafts and click on the version that you want to review. There are usually three to choose from.

Refine and edit your prompts

If the AI's response is not what you expected, you can try rephrasing your prompt, providing more context, or using prompt engineering techniques such as role-playing or the system message approach. This will help you achieve more accurate and targeted responses.

With Gemini, you can edit your prompt and it will regenerate the response.

  • To the right of your prompt, select Edit text.
  • Edit your prompt.
  • Select Update.

Practice and experiment

The key is to practice and experiment with your prompts. Explore various topics, try different prompts, and test different text generation settings to better understand how Gemini works.

  • Have a question or need some ideas? Ask! Gemini is fantastic at giving information about itself.
  • Learn from the community: To further enhance your Google Gemini experience, engage with the AI community on forums, blogs, and social media to learn about tips, tricks, and best practices.

Related: Free cheatsheet – Generative AI for small businesses

What can you create with Google Gemini?

Gemini is similar to other AI Large Language Models (LLMs). With Gemini, you can create a wide variety of content. Here are some examples of how you can use Gemini to create content for your business:

  • Write blog posts or articles
  • Create marketing materials
  • Write social media posts
  • Generate ideas for new products or services
  • Translate languages
  • Write or debug code
  • Compose music
  • Write scripts
  • Create email or letters
  • Check and revise your writing
  • Summarize texts or books

Related: Risks of AI and practicing responsible use

The benefits of using Gemini

There are many benefits to using Gemini, including:

  • Increased productivity: Gemini can automate tasks, freeing your time to focus on more important things.
  • Improved efficiency: Gemini can help you to improve your processes and workflows.
  • Increased creativity: Gemini can help you to generate new ideas and content.
  • Reduced costs: Gemini can help you to save money on things like marketing and advertising.

Gemini is a powerful AI tool. If you are looking for a way to improve your productivity, efficiency, and creativity, and reduce your costs, then it can be a great option for you. Need more help with Gemini? Check out Google's help center for more information.

Remember to be patient, experiment with different approaches, and have fun discovering the incredible potential of AI. Happy chatting!

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Disclaimer: When using AI tools, avoid entering sensitive information and always review output for accuracy. Additionally, this content is for demonstration purposes only; it does not represent any affiliation, endorsement or sponsorship with the companies mentioned. All trademark rights belong to their respective owners. Third-party trademarks are used here for demonstrative and educational purposes only, use does not represent affiliation.