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  • Liz ℚuilty

    I have 30k people following me on google+ and i follow a good many back., I love the interaction but i understand how people falter when joining. Its a whole new mindset which i have now taken over to facebook.
    Post publicly, follow people who interest you and read a bunch of howtos. Its more about being open and friendly, somewhat like twitter but more conversation.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Liz for your tips. It does appear that a Facebook mindset doesn’t cut it on Google+

  • http://www.VideoLeadsOnline.com/ Ronnie Bincer

    I only have the time to spend in one Social Platform… Because I understand 1) Search (aka SEO), 2) Search Marketing (aka SEM), 3) Video, & 4) Marketing… my choice is clear…

    Who Owns Search? Who Owns Video (i.e. Online Video)? Ummmm… Google?!
    So, If I expect to utilize the platform that will give me the best bang for my buck (and my customers’ bucks) then I guess I belong on Google Plus.

    Add to all of the above, Google+ Hangouts (10 person live video chat) – or the Live Broadcast version ‘Hangouts on Air’. Which gives you the ability to have your own World-Wide Broadcast TV Network/Station – FOR FREE!! with the ‘episode’ getting recorded and auto-uploaded to YouTube (oh yeah, owned by Google, again)… it is hard to imagine anyone that ‘gets’ marketing ignoring the place.

    Do I care that there are ‘less eyeballs’ there right now? Nope (200+ million is enough for me). Do I like the fact that I can play around, make mistakes and recover better/easier right now since we are ‘under the radar’?…Yup! Do I think that G+ is the future for broadcast, social media & SEO all rolled together… Yup. So stay away at your own peril, or join up and learn from us why and how it is *Different* over at the Plus…

    Use it like Facebook or Twitter and you will be wasting your time. Learn how it is different, and ‘Better’ and you will gain an edge. Your Choice — I’ve made mine ;-)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Ronnie for adding a few more insights.

    • Joan Ellen

      wow i’m loving this thread… is that correct term?

  • Sal Coombes

    I’ve never compared G+ to be anything like Facebook, but I’ve been using
    the ‘+1′ feature kind of as a bookmarking tool…I know that’s not its
    purpose, but it illustrates that we’re all just a little bit lost with
    how to use it. Really good points though, particularly the ‘identity
    engine’ for Google search and of course it’s a ghost town if we’re not
    contributing. Thanks guys…I look forward to my G+ world rocking day
    and night too… (but fear this means even more lack of sleep)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Sal fro contributing with your experiences and how you are using it.

  • http://www.coydavidson.com/ Coy Davidson

    G+ has fantastic features, but it’s the only social network I use regularly that I leave agitated every time I use it. A blog comment campaign incited by high-profile g+ evangelist does not convince me that the platform isn’t badly struggling for traction.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      That is interesting feedback regarding agitation!

    • http://twitter.com/NikoBogio Nikolaos Bogioglou

      +1

    • http://www.VideoLeadsOnline.com/ Ronnie Bincer

      Why do you leave it agitated?

    • Steven Wright


      A blog comment campaign incited by high-profile g+ evangelist does not convince me that the platform isn’t badly struggling for traction.” AMen!

  • http://twitter.com/NikoBogio Nikolaos Bogioglou

    Once Again, it is Proved by the G+ Power Users ThemSelves that there is Nothing New with G+ compared to facebook … just some users power using it … u can power use anything. The fact that u can find a bit of different kind of target audience also comes from the users themselves and not the platform. Topics and interests as well. I think These Users found a window for traffic after power using it cuz being circled 30k times is something not that much of easily achieved in FB (max 5k in friends and subscriptions are still not commonly known or used and fanpages need extra work and money).

    • http://www.VideoLeadsOnline.com/ Ronnie Bincer

      I would not consider myself a ‘power user’ by any stretch of the imagination. However, I do see the platform (which you say is “nothing new”) delivering ‘something special’. As stated in my prior (lengthy) comment, the company that owns the place, makes sure that activity on it is rewarded in other places they own… like Google Search & YouTube Search. Two powerhouses worth courting IMO.

  • Juan Ochoa

    Amazing communities, interesting content, less noise and pablum, it is a completely different beast. The need to engage is what makes the difference, I think.

  • Juan Ochoa

    test test

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Yes. it is working. I don’t know why that bug message is appearing

  • Meg Tufano

    I thought you’d enjoy knowing how amazing Google Plus can be. We really have arrived as a community as your first responder above points out. I’ve participated in events to buy a computer for someone who had his stolen. And enjoyed many more “random acts of kindness” like that. I’ve had no “plan” whatsoever except to enjoy what seemed a very interesting place for discussions. I found myself often in discussions with David Amerland (author of “The Social Media Mind”) and, over a long time (almost a year now), we came to respect each other’s ideas even though we do not always agree! Then Leland LeCuyer (a philosopher) and I would also find ourselves attracted to the same threads, Robert E. del Sol generously shared his time helping me understand Google, well, everything. And Shaker Cherukuri also kept being where’er I showed up bringing in the corporate point of view and, suddenly? We started to talk to one another and, over time, and months of hangout “meetings” (we actually use agendas), we started our own social media thinktank and invite you to register for our first event on August 10th! This will ALSO be the first time we are meeting one another in person! How amazing is Google Plus!!!!!! The particulars for registration can be found at:
    http://www.synaptiqplus.com

    I hope you will come!

    Meg Tufano, M.A.
    Co-Founder
    SynaptIQ+

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Meg for sharing your experiences with Google+. Those who have been using mainly Facebook will I am sure glad to hear about your successes.

    • Steven Wright

      Now David AMerland! That’s a power user!

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  • daengbo

    Google+ is like Twitter with privacy controls and comments. The first thing you need to do is find people who share your interests. There are lists of shared circles for hobbies, professional groups, sports, TV shows, and more. You add two or three of those, start contributing intelligently to conversations, and people start circling you. You make sure that you post interesting content, too, so that people have a reason to circle you.

    The bar is very high there. The moment people start posting “I had scrambled eggs for breakfast,” half of the followers are gone.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for the cool tips on how to use Google+

    • http://profiles.google.com/snarlingbadger Kristin Moran

      And beyond shared lists, you can search by topic, and browse posts that contain the search term. It’s how I find new people that play in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment organization I’ve been active with for 16 years, as well as fiber artists, gamers, and more.

      G+ will be what you make of it. If you want tech news, it’s easy to find. If you’re an artist, whether professional or not, search for others who may inspire you.

      • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

        You comment Kristin has finally turned up!

  • http://www.insideview.ie topgold

    A lot of the criticism lobbed at G+ comes from Twitter and Facebook social media evangelists who know it’s really hard to decamp their minions onto yet another watering hole. So they deride G+ because their mates aren’t around the place. I get that. And I also notice some of the most ardent critics don’t take the time to circle people. By their inaction, they guarantee themselves a tumbleweed community.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for the comments and really liked your analogies.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Google+ and Facebook certainly have different uses and social networking habits

    • Hugo Pinto

      I would also like to say that Google Wave was fantastic.
      Unfortunately most people just didn’t “get it”.

      But Google+ got some stuff from Wave, like hangouts.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    The passion is very obvious.

  • Emma Parker

    I love Google+. It’s a big new world/way to interact with your friends, partners and much more. We the ‘teenagers’ are leaving Facebook!

    (1. Worldwide trending for 1 day: ‘R.I.P Facebook’ on Twitter
    2. 12% story, ‘free to play, PAY to win.’
    3. Facebook-wh*res… Making pics and ask them to like for like.)

    Dutch? Punt 3 lijkt een beetje op Hyves, nou die kant gaat het op. :)

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  • Stephan Bevan

    Do you think its possible that if G+ does not go the way they planned, that Google will just ditch the whole thing like they have so many of their other projects, and everyone will lose everything they put into it?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Google+ is a success any way you like to measure it. Google sees it as “core” to all its products especially in making sure that the social signals it generates keeps its core search and paid advertising services as relevant as possible

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  • http://twitter.com/NikoBogio Nikolaos Bogioglou

    u again talk about the Way You Use it. It still remains a copycat platform having nothing much more than facebook to offer . You say its all about users using it and i agree. U can use or power use anything. Google has more of failures in social media attempts in its record and with a copycat choice you once again are near there.

    • http://www.VideoLeadsOnline.com/ Ronnie Bincer

      So is there something wrong with a better ‘copy’ since you insist on not seeing the ‘new things’ that G+ offers? One BIG difference (which apparently is lost on you) is the stuff it does not have… ADS! Ha… game changer there, eh? No need to pepper the site with ads, Google can do that elsewhere… “Why would you want Ads in your Social Site” – Vic Gundotra (big cheese at the Plus).

  • Jack Heath

    Yep, never go back to Facebook. Google Plus is better because ads and spam are filtered as is the casual poster and troll typically, you have to earn the right to be circled. As a result celebrities are more likely to “+1″ and comment on posts if you get in their circles. A BIG sci-fi buff, I’ve had responses from Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, William Shatner, and Jeri Ryan on topics I’ve offered feedback on…Interestingly enough, Mark Zuckerburg even has a G+ account, actively being used.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Google+ has certainly invoked the power of the “inner” circle

  • http://twitter.com/NikoBogio Nikolaos Bogioglou

    its extremely funny to hear G+ users playing it “the cool guys” and
    feeling special … for a copycat … trying to point out quality over
    quantity, a fact that can change but also a fact that has to do with
    numbers and users and use, not about platforms. Google, after failing attempts, chose the road of a copycat. That pretty much tells everything.

    • totnuckers

      oh like facebook is a copycat of myspace and friendster?

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    One phrase that keeps going my mind is that G+ is like Twitter on Steroids!

  • http://www.damayanthijayasinghe.com damayanthi

    This really opened up my eyes Jeff, I got a G+ account & just post stuff, but never interact with anyone.
    This make me re think my strategy, I was on a webinar hoseted by Mari Smith and Guy Kawasaki about G+ but never took it seriously. Thanks for sharing the experiece from your contacts that makes it real.

    Damayanthi

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      I thought it was worth highlighting some “real” experiences in unedited format some people’s personal use within G+
      It does seem that Google+ has been flying below the radar a bit I think because a lot of the conversations and interaction is within the circles.
      Google+ needs to be treated very differently to Facebook.

  • http://www.VideoLeadsOnline.com/ Ronnie Bincer

    Not my experience and I am still below the 4K mark… so I would not agree that what you say is universally true at all. All you need to do is find may 3 other people that share similar interests on it and you are off and running.

  • Mike Jones

    Very cool update to one of my favorite home screen apps! Hopefully next up is the desktop and iPad versions of the app too :)

  • fufnet

    Google + rocks

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  • Dutch Guy

    Does one need to have hundreds or thousands of followers to have an opinion?

    I know I’m not a power user in any sense… my circles (both ways) are in the low 3 digits… but my streams are pretty active, and there is a lot of engagament going on. And it’s the *type* of engagement that matters.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for the comment. I think its totally up to you what you want out of anything including social networks. There is no right or wrong on this.

  • http://muz4now.com/ stan stewart

    Thanks for the post. I am still trying to get the engagement I would expect from G+ and I’m not. I am trying to do as your power users suggest. I am close to 100% reciprocation regarding +1′s and comments, plus many unsolicited.

    My experience is that I get what I put into FaceBook. Google+ is highly variable. I’ve had only one “conversation” on G+ versus hundreds on Twitter and dozens on Facebook within the same time frame.
    Due to the SEO payoff, I have a few friends who have abandoned the other social media in favor of G+. And yet, the vast majority of my social media engagement is elsewhere at this point.

    YMMV. :)

    • http://www.VideoLeadsOnline.com/ Ronnie Bincer

      What are your conversations about? It seems odd that you’d not be getting engagement on G+ if you are doing as you mention here. MMDV (my milage Does Vary) ;-)

      • http://muz4now.com/ stan stewart

        My conversations are about many things: coffee, music, video/film, etc. Still, I get more +1′s on my (low traffic) blog than I do on G+.
        My point is that I’m quite happy with the community and interaction I find on other social media, so G+ is a nice sideline for me.
        Best regards…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Geoffrey-Swenson/100001440742849 Geoffrey Swenson

    I have only about 60 people that I follow, but they are very interesting.

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    Google+ trumps facebook the world just does not know it YET

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  • Joan Ellen

    i’m confused on G + navigating curve has been a problem i’m still a bit od a cave dweller

  • http://www.encoreproductions.co.uk/ David James

    I’ve only just started with Google+ but so far really impressed with the interaction you get with other users. At first I was a bit confused by the whole circles thing but if you stick with it you soon get the hang of it. As a photographer I share the images publicly and get plenty of pluses and comments from the images. On facebook and twitter I’m ignored.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      It is very image centric and a lot of the interaction happens privately

  • saeedyasir

    Hi Jeff

    I am having problems with Google Plus. I have an account over a year now and not having more than 50 people in my circles. I understand that it requires engagement but how can I as a blogger on yasirsaeed.com and windows8academy.com help in getting engaged at G+?

  • JD Ebberly

    Online businesses, marketers, bloggers – Google Plus and Google Authorship is taking over. Get your Google Plus page NOW! Check out G+ Communities! Author Rank will become increasingly important with time.

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  • Praverb

    I have to increase my Google + engagement. For the longest I have relied solely on utilizing Twitter and Facebook. I saw the potential in Google + yet I was intimidated by it.

    I think I will work on learning how to use Google + effectively by following people that use it well.

    Thank you Jeff.

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  • Sara McCord

    I’ve been on Google+ for four days, I have maybe 8 followers, and my stream is active and there is plenty of good conversation to be had. I joined a handful of communities, and there is more worthwhile stuff going on in them in a day than I see on fb in a month.

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  • Sprint2theTable

    Thanks for this piece. I am guilty of trying to use Google+ like Facebook… and I didn’t “get” it. I’ll begin viewing it through a different lens. I believe it has the potential to be a valuable took for my personal blog and for my business. Just need to devote the time to interact differently!

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