Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Why You Will Love Google Plus

Why You WIll Love Google Plus

I've started visiting Google Plus again recently. If you aren't familiar with Google Plus, it's Google's social media platform. It started in 2011 and has a great design and concept. What it has been lacking is people. Social media and networking isn't very effective or enjoyable if there is no one to network with.

So a group of bloggers and I vowed to actually use our G+ accounts for 30 days and see what happens. It officially starts today, but I've gotten a head start to clear the dust on my profile. It's been a blast interacting and chatting up the G+ community. It got me thinking that people really don't know what they are missing. I thought I would break it down into my favorite features.


It's Shiny and New

Unlike the other social networks, Google Plus is still in it's infancy. This is a plus (no pun intended) because you can start from scratch with your circles (Google's version of friends, pages, followers etc). In other words, all those people clogging up your twitter and facebook feeds aren't doing it here. You can choose wisely when circling and eliminate the clutter.

Circles

Those circles I mentioned are my favorite feature. You can easily categorize people and pages into groups. You can also place people in multiple circles. It's similar to twitter's lists, but so much easier to use and switch between which circle you are viewing. G+ also asks you to assign people to a circle when you add them, so they are instantly organized. There is no limit to how many circles you can have (at least I haven't found it yet.)


Circles

Communities

This is a fairly new feature that I jumped on board with right away. I started a cloth diapers community that has grown to the triple digits. It's a wonderful way to find new "friends" if your real life friends haven't migrated over to G+ just yet. It's also a great way to network and build other connections.


The Original Google+ Cloth Diapers Community

Hashtags

I love me a good hashtag, and although facebook has started integrating them, it's not like twitter. Google Plus has taken the hashtag one step further. It will automatically categorize your posts into appropriate hashtags. I still recommend adding hashtags in yourself, but if not, this feature is nice.


Hangouts on Air

This is really where Google Plus has the edge in social media. If you aren't familiar with hangouts, they are a way to group chat with people. Pretty cool, and reminiscent of the old instant messenger days. Hangouts on air take this to a whole other level. This is a way to video chat with other people in real time. The chats are also recorded so you can keep the conversation going afterwards. This is a new way to connect with others and to share your knowledge with an audience. Imagine the possibilities here for building your business or brand. Your customers can get instant face to face interaction with you.


Pirate Prerogative Google Search Rankings
Currently if you do a google search for Pirate Prerogative the first thing that comes up is a link to this blog. The cool thing is that headshot and link to my G+ profile.






It's Great for SEO and Page Rank

I am no expert in these areas, but you can find a lot of information on this from people who are experts. The short version is that sharing content and giving +1s can really improve your SEO (search engine optimization). Google Plus profiles have page rank just like a web page. Back links and interacting with other higher page rank sites is the key here. 


That all sounds pretty exciting, huh? I'm sure there is even more to be discovered in this Google creation.

You can circle me here:

+Elizabeth Bruno 

And follow me here:

+Pirate Prerogative 

If you want me to add you to on Google Plus, share your profile by commenting below.

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for explaining some things about Google Plus. I've been on it awhile but still have no idea how I should use it! I'll try to do better!

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    1. I have been on it for years (pretty much since it started) but I only recently started being more active. It's actually a great place to hangout once you've got some company.

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  2. Visiting you from the SITS Sharefest. I know need to start using Google + more! There's a whole great social media world out there!

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    1. It really is one of the greatest tools a blogger has. It's so easy too! I think people are scared of Google Plus, but it's better to get in while it's new so you're ahead of the game when it grows.

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  3. Google plus is next on my list. I have been focusing on getting the hang of twitter first. I am almost comfortable enough with it to move on to the next. Thanks for the information! Visiting from SITS

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    1. Me too! I'm still growing my Twitter account that I recently started!

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    2. Twitter will always be my first love, but G+ is edging in. I promise the world of Google Plus isn't as scary as it sounds.

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  4. No time like the present! I know I need to be on google+ but have resisted. Glad I saw your post on SITS today. And, since it was your post that encouraged me to dive in, you are my first follow on google+ !

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    1. Thanks for the follow! That's a great attitude to just dive right in. It takes time, like anything new. I recommend joining in on some communities to find people with similar interests and build your circles that way. Once you start sharing and interacting on others posts it really grows quickly.

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  5. I totally agree! I set up my g+ account and haven't used it in awhile. The sky is the limit when I only have 17 people in my circles. LOL Just added you.

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    1. I still have a small amount of people in my circles too, but it's all about interaction. The more I chat and share posts, the more people do the same with me. I like being part of the growing community.

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  6. You are right, there is a lot of potential here! I definitely need to be doing more here. Just added you!

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    1. Thanks for adding me Michelle. I think we will all be glad we jumped into Google Plus early on. It will give us an advantage when there rest of the social world comes aboard.

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