Google+ is not a ghost town. There are many people rocking the platform day in and day out. Google+kins have created their own socialsphere and are making it more fantastic as they grow and evolve. As Guy likes to say, “Google+ is for people who share your passions” — make new friends and explore what you love more deeply.
Not sure how to get started? Ask questions of people who are active on Google+, they are very helpful as a community.
If you aren’t there and haven’t tried it, give it a chance! Nothing is more frustrating than someone saying “I don’t like that” and then having them admit they didn’t try it. You aren’t five and this isn’t spinach. Try it.
2. Share content that you find on other sites and cross polinate
3. Find some great circles of people who love what you love
An easy way to find people is to search “shared a circle with you” and check out the circles that other people are sharing. People usually say why they created the circle or just the name can tell you everything you need to know. Here is the largest list of Google+ Shared Circles created by Chris Porter. There are 1315 great Google+ circles here — if you can’t find something that interests you, I hate to tell you this but… you might be boring.
4. +Mention your friends
Let people know you are on Google+ and want to join the conversation.
5. Trendspotting — catch the wave of a trending topic
Participating in #Caturday, #ScienceSunday or whatever trends interest you can help you by:
Increasing your engagement per post or tweet
Make some new connections
Build your following
Have more FUN! That makes everything more awesome, right?
Peg Fitzpatrick is co-Editor-in-Chief of 12 Most . She's co-author of the best-selling book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users co-authored with Guy Kawasaki.
Peg works with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. She's spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels.
All about being positive and connecting, she is a true social butterfly. Tweet her and say hi at @pegfitzpatrick, find her Stumbling on StumbleUpon, rocking Google+ here Google or happily pinning on Pinterest.
Reading WTP right now. Actually, I hope I get a few hours of good reading in this weekend - the Olympics curtailed my normal night time reading.
I do enjoy Google+ and both the browser and iPad interfaces. Even the iPhone interface is nice, and they blow the doors off of the Facebook apps. There is plenty of interaction over there, but a lot of my normal connections still communicate primarily on Twitter and Facebook.
I need to take more time to organize my circles. A lot of folks get thrown into the Social Media and Acquaintance circles for me (unless you are 12Most, Photography, or a blogger I frequently read).
For most "non-pros," the question isn't "can I make this something I like" but rather "platform X doesn't feel like work and this does, why do I need this again?"I am making a focused effort to "stop by" G+ at least once a day. For my other platforms, though, I don't have to set a calendar reminder to visit. This one feels forced.My biggest challenge is to show a payback for clients. Right now, other the Authorship mark-up, there are not too many marketing advantages to G+. Since I cannot show an ROI, other than theoretical, nobody is interested.Non-web savvy folks have at least heard of Twitter. Google Plus is less well known in Cincinnati than Pinterest.
A much needed post, and no one else could cover it like you.
I still fail at #1, but always feel encouraged by you and others in the #evang+ circle. The passion makes it all worth it to keep trying.
You forgot to mention how beautiful image sharing is on G+. I have several circles dedicated to photography and art. You could never see it in such nice detail on another network. That stuff all gets hidden on Twitter. Facebook does not have as high a resolution as G+. You can tell that a lot of thought went into how to show media in the most accessible way. Google is very committed to design and usability. Gotta love it.
Timely, thanks Peggy! I'm getting on there more and more, but too often it's just to post my own links.... Must. Get. G+ Social.I've seen others writing lengthy posts, almost akin to a blog post, on G+ as well, then following up with something more substantial on their blog and linking through from there to connect the two. I like G+ for more significant conversations, possibly because of the make up of people, or perhaps just because the conversation is so seamless? Either way, it's another step to getting on board the Google train, which is usually a smart thing to do (Buzz being the painful exception ;-)
@jpJeremy I agree that it is a little harder to get started, Jeremy. For clients I would say that the best benefit is improved SEO on Google+ http://mashable.com/2012/02/10/seo-google-plus/ Great posts on Google+ get a nice placement on Google which is especially important for those who don't blog.