A circulated graphic on Google Plus gave this post’s title, being something very in my style. I have to admit that due to the new face of Google Plus of which I have already said what I had to say, I have grossly neglected Pinterest. Pinterest remains the great source of inspiration for a lot of things, but I have visited it less and less this month. I haven’t interacted as before on Twitter, also due to Google Plus. Not being a Facebook user, I took the decision to not use it yet, especially not compulsively.
Pics is an infographic made by Carmelyne Thompson
Good decision to the end, because it seems Google Plus is the future in Social Media. As Guy Kawasaki said in his book, if Twitter is about perceptions and Facebook is about people (especially people you know in real life), Google Plus is about passions. If on Twitter you may be neglected because your followers are mostly bots, Google Plus has “real people” accounts, so somebody see and reads all the time what you post, but you have to post something if you want to be considered.
You post and expect some interaction. You have friends, you have people who put you in their circles because they’re interested in what you say. Others put you in their circles because you promote them and they need you for that. Some drunk in their virtual celebrity uncircle you when they see you share their posts, you comment on them, etc. With that move, they loose a river of future followers, or maybe they don’t consider they need it. Anyway, doesn’t matter for you. With a little perseverance, you can make quite a great bunch of friends there.
Google Plus is not Twitter, even if, like on Twitter, there’s not the two way compulsory follow to be “friends”, as is on Facebook or myspace. You can circle someone and interact with him without him circling you. If the guy is a celebrity like Cashmore, don’t even think he’ll add you back in his circles. If you have a blog with good content, you’ll make followers easy, so they can see what you write or create and spread the love to their followers, and so on. It was not easy when it began, especially for normal people. Google Plus can’t break Facebook addiction. If someone is addicted to his neighbors or to hook with trendy marketeers, you can’t take him or her to Google Plus, even if they have the “hangouts” which is something better than Skype in video chat.
As on Twitter, don’t be dumb and start to follow five thousand people in the first week. Five thousand is the limit of all the people you can follow (“circle”), at least at the moment I write. Follow twenty or fifty and wait. Look at their posts. Comment, plus, share. It’s like a mantra. It’s impossible to not find something you like. It’s easy to look for what you like. As for Google+, they have now communities. You may start to learn how to move on G+ in Google+ Helper Community, the place I saw the smart infographic.
If you post something in your native language which happens to not be English, you can “address” your post to people speaking that language as well as making it public (maybe you have them in a separate circle or circles). You can share it with a community of your language speaking people as well. You have to make it separate, you can’t share with the “public” and a community in the same time. You can share a public post with other circles and persons (or pages, by the way), but not with a community. When you share to a community, you can share to persons or pages at the same time, not to circles, not public.
Plus, comment, share! It’s communication and gentleness. Do this if you have what to say!
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