12 Most Enchanting Features of Google+

12 Most Enchanting Features of Google+

Special thanks to Guy Kawasaki for writing a guest post for 12 Most and being a supporter of our efforts here! 12 Most highly recommends reading Enchantment if you haven’t yet. Check out the Enchantment Facebook Page. We are enchanted Mr. Kawasaki!

 

1. It’s magnificent competition for Twitter and Facebook

—even if both organizations don’t want to admit this.

2. You can edit your posts and comments after publishing them.

I edit approximately 90% of the posts that I make.

 

3. Pictures are large and visible—not thumbnails or merely links.

Unless I’m including a video, every post that I make includes a picture.

 

4. Amassing followers is an even playing field.

Unlike the Twitter Suggested Loser List, everybody (even celebs and Twitter investors) has to earn their followers.

 

5. The community writes Chrome extensions to fix shortcomings.

My favorites are: G+Me, Replies and more, and Usability Boost.
 

6. When you block someone, you’re really getting rid of the bastard.

 

7. When you mention people, they are likely to get notification—you’re not just hoping they see the mention.

 

8. No one has asked me to circle them yet compared to the dozens of requests that I get every day on Twitter.

 

9. It’s fun to watch Google smack down people who violate its terms of use.

What other company has the balls take on Mashable and TechCrunch?

 

10. Watching Robert Scoble post is like watching Joshua Bell play the violin.

And I don’t even like classical music.

 

11. It shows that Apple is one social-media phenomenon behind.

Again. Apple should just admit that it’s anti-social and focus on great hardware.

 

12. It illustrates the power of perseverance: Google+ is to Buzz what Macintosh is to Lisa.

Part of success is never admitting defeat.

+ a bonus because I like to over-deliver:

The irony that Mark Zuckerberg has the most followers on Google+ cracks me up every time I check the statistics.

You can find Guy at Google +!

Artwork provided by Guy Kawasaki, +Yiying Lu is the artist.

 

Guy Kawasaki

http://alltop.com

Guy Kawasaki is a founding partner and entrepreneur-in-residence at Garage Technology Ventures. He is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. Guy is the author of twelve books including Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. Guy's latest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur — How to Publish a Book, shares his love of writing and gives the steps to self-publish your own book. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

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86 comments
amberrisme
amberrisme

I haven't explored G+ much, but now I'm ready to check into the features and start growing my circles. Thank you!

luis_galarza
luis_galarza

You gotta love Guy, he always on the point, and this tips really have the enchanting power he teach... Great advice!

Ankitaj3085
Ankitaj3085

Google is adding new features every day in its all products or application like. They add new way of selection in adword. I think google is want to help people to fulfill their exact need.

AmyMccTobin
AmyMccTobin

#3: The pictures are magnificent, so if you follow photographers your breath is taken away daily.

laurenamcmullen
laurenamcmullen

I love #1 because competition usually helps the consumer makes a business better!

Thanks ~ Lauren

prosperitygal
prosperitygal

Loving #6 now to find the courage to do that to a few and not hear them whining about it chuckle

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

Hello....

I wish that you could leave a note for someone on their G+ page - like a hello or something. I miss that from Facebook. And messaging of course. You can't communicate with people unless you comment on a thread.

Or am I missing something? I know you can chat & "hangout"

Peggy

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick

@VeganPetman Yes, I know @DaveKerpen! He is the guest for #MyBookClub on Sunday at 6 pm EST. You should come!!

evansal3
evansal3

#7 - facebook and twitter both have notifications for when you are mentioned in someone's post, including push notifications that you can opt in for on your smartphone.

KevinWGrossman
KevinWGrossman

Yes, I really dig the FB - Twitter mashup and down and all around.

3HatsComm
3HatsComm

Clever list. I noticed today someone had edited a comment which I didn't know was possible, so that is good to know. I think #7 and #8 are "time will tell"; once it becomes more popular with the masses, I expect I'll have more of the signal to noise problems I do elsewhere. The big one is of course #12.. try, try, try again, some more, until you get it right. FWIW.

bigfuel
bigfuel

@raycloyd Great observation! Very true - Twitter does allow for more democratic interaction between "public" and "private" SM citizens

raycloyd
raycloyd

@bigfuel Misleading. More level but it doesnt matter b/c influencers are always top of 'all' stream while Twitter is constant/even field

chattyprof
chattyprof

I'm just learning about Google +, so I thank you for this insight! Ellen Bremen, M.A. @chattyprof

wadvisor
wadvisor

Not a big user of Google+ as yet but some interesting comments so thanks for your insights. You are always ahead of the pack!

#4 is something I didn't (and still don't) like about twitter so hopefully it makes more sense here on Google+ (we will see how that plays out over time).

Could not stop laughing at #6.

#7 sounds very promising.

All in all great stuff. Thanks for stopping by at 12 Most.

roger.thornton.brown
roger.thornton.brown

Watching Robert Scobie post is like watching Joshua Bell play violin. Presumably this is a reference to The Washington Post experiment?

tedcoine
tedcoine

Guy - outstanding, especially the fighting spirit behind #6 & 9! Your last point is a spoiler alert for my next 12Most post, due out in a couple of days. Great minds...?

SociallySavvy4U
SociallySavvy4U

@helpwevegotkids Have a look on the right hand corner of the post you will see a small arrow> click> a drop down with options will display!

luis_galarza
luis_galarza

@amberrisme Go for it, you gonna love it, specially the is organized and the G+ Hangout (video conferencing) tool is completely worth it!

junkaccount
junkaccount

@PegFitzpatrick That is by far the worst thing about Facebook. At least if the wall was private it might be useful. I just found it to be a constant source of problems.

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