I have noticed a few strange evolutions on Google Plus, lately. Accounts without any practical sustainability are becoming famous over night (almost over night) just by using a few cheap tricks. This is possible because of the new changes on the platform, the “views” number. But later about this and what the tricks are.
One of the benefits of a Google Plus account is that it may represent your visit card and your identity online. It is different from Facebook. Because of the deserved Facebook explosion, and because you are being laughed at, if you don’t have an account there, you are somehow obliged to re-connect with real life persons you otherwise are trying to avoid. Of course, the opposite may be true, you can re-connect with people you lost and would genuinely like to know about, and then it is like there are no frontiers anymore. If privacy issues never happened, and the “scandal” would have been more elegantly smothered, Google Plus wouldn’t stand a chance as a Social Media Monster, or as I like to consider it, the future of Social Media. But with the strict control of your privacy, of what is shared with who is under your control, Google still has it, because it’s like Twitter and Pinterest (and whatever others may imply, this is not quite a social media site, even if you may “connect” there as well, if you want) brought together, with an extended micro blogging function which makes Facebook futile. And more than that, you discover people you really want to meet in the real life, and they are real if they want to. Looks like a paradox, but it is hard to make a fake account on Google and keeping with it. If you succeed, it’s only because you just can’t be taken seriously enough to be researched a little deeper. When the fake account will try to sell something to its huge follower base, the “underground” will start to show, and if it’s not something legit, the “scandal” will rise. I’m sure on Facebook it’s even harder to keep your fake account to success, but I don’t like to talk about this now.
I used to ask in previous posts, why are you sharing circles on Google Plus, or, because the answer is obvious (you think it’s the easiest way to gain followers), what do you want to do with them?
Anyway, it obviously seems that the circles are not the answer for gaining huge numbers of followers, I think the possibilities are limited here and already created reputed haters in the matter. When discussions are being held about “circle sharing” between brilliant marketing experts who were not as brilliant as circle sharers (but they supported and used the practice) and not so brilliant geek wannabies without any clue about circle sharing (they only hated the practice) who were actually envious for being left behind in follower numbers, it means that there already are at least two sides, one pro circle sharing and one against it, or even three, the third being the one of people who don’t care about it, and then the circle sharing proselytes will represent an even more insignificant part of the Google Plus mainstream.
But, let me lay down again, the main five ways you gain tremendous numbers of followers and views:
- You share at least a circle per day, if there are more, the better. Don’t forget to give them pompous names, to mention all members one by one, and promise you’ll add any one who shares your circle (even when you know that you have a limit of five thousand which actually is less than that).
- You incessantly post pictures, beautiful pictures, doesn’t matter where you find them, Pinterest, Tumblr, Buzz, reddit, etc. Don’t credit the pictures, the followers you gain with this method don’t really care of authors, links, etc. They will say just “wow”, “beautiful”, “stupendous”.
- You post flashy gifs, of sparkling things (fairies, flowers or landscapes, animations, designs), you post them in communities with huge membership and in your stream.
- You post pictures with text on them, a text with a quote, or a funny thing. In this category, the most successful are pictures on which are pasted uncredited quotes (people believe they are your own) and pictures with pasted rhetoric questions, where the public usually feels compelled to answer. The answer is huge in direct proportion with the question’s simplicity.
- Sometimes, most of the time actually, if you want to be “successful” on Google Plus, you combine things, you share circles of people already well known for sharing circles, you add them, you spread them, you mention every member (so he’ll know), and in between you continuously post flashy gifs and beautiful pictures without credits. If you post “questions”, you’ll be a huge star on Google Plus, the experts will consider you a great “engager”, and if from time to time you comment on other people posts, you’ll hit the tops.
(If the pictures are yours, you may consider yourself a photographer, and who knows, you’ll sign them and you almost have a copyright, so you already are not in this category, you are a member in the strict and select “photographers” group, which are the creators of the beautiful pictures other accounts are sharing with or without credits. Please do not include this as a way!)
I do not recommend any of the methods above, also if you share a picture, put the link where you borrowed it, give credits and say something, describe it at least.
I saw relatively valuable accounts being eager to be shared in no matter who’s company, and more than that…
You can’t be a “star” if you’re not a celeb. You can’t attain a million followers over night if you are a fake account of a whatever wannabe. But, to gain a huge number of followers, no matter what you want to do with them, you clearly don’t need to be original, and it is obviously that if you have to sell something to a superficial mass of humans who doesn’t take a little time to check you out, the methods exposed above will jump you to success, and who knows, tomorrow or after tomorrow, because your evolving statistics, you’ll start to be seriously taken by people who don’t have the time to check you out. From this point, your possibilities are limitless. Just try to imagine them!
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