Many people who’ve used social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook with success still don’t understand how to get started on Google Plus. Perhaps they’ve become so familiar with the mechanics of using their old standby platforms, the fresh look and feel of Google Plus intimidates them. They just don’t know how to get started. If you’re one of these folks, help awaits below:
- Ask active Google Plus users (also called plussers) about what they did to become familiar with it. You can tell them what you find confusing and see if they have suggestions as to how you can overcome your angst. Here’s a little secret: Google Plus takes the best of Twitter and Facebook and combines them into social media fabulousness. You’ll see.
- Schedule time each day to engage on Google Plus. If you use Twitter or Facebook regularly, you know that you’ve got to work it and work it regularly to get the most out of these two popular social media platforms. The same goes for Google Plus. Most people who use social media successfully, set aside distinct blocks of time each day to engage with fans and followers. It’s as easy as setting aside 15 minutes, 3 times a day.
- Share content from sites you find interesting and think may benefit other like-minded individuals. Just like on Twitter or Facebook, you don’t want to lurk around, sharing only your own content and promotions, like some kind of narcissistic wallflower. Get your feet wet. Share stuff you come across that has such high value and relevancy, you have no problem taking time out of your day to read it.
- Find people who have the same passions and interests that you have. Circle them and reach out to them by giving great content in their streams a plus 1 and re-sharing the best of this content in your own stream. Most of these likeminded folks will circle you in return. Find circles people have shared publicly by searching “shared a circle”. You’re bound to find something that catches your interest. When you do, give it a whirl – er – I mean a circle.
- You can search for your friends on Google Plus too. Ask the more experienced plussers to show you around virtually. You can get the attention of others by giving them a +Mention (+Samantha Gluck or +Darren Rowse or +Another Plusser). Do this right in the comment area, when commenting on content they’ve shared. This will send a clear signal that you want to join the conversation in a material way.
- Right when you meet new, interesting folks during one of your regular visits, circle them. Circle them immediately. They’ll get a notification alerting them that you’ve circled them and will likely check out your profile and circle you back.
- When sharing content to your Google Plus stream, don’t just share to Public or Extended Circles. Target relevant circles as well as the Public or Extended Circles catch-all groups when you share. For example, if you share something about how to improve writing, share it with a writing circle and any other distinct circles that include those who might find the content useful.
- Read What the Plus! by superstar Guy Kawasaki. It’s well written, easy to read, priced very reasonably, and includes everything you need to rock your Google Plus stream and more like a boss.
Use these tips right away and stick with it for at least two weeks. If you get on and plus away every day, using these suggestions, you’ll have fun and begin to see the amazing potential in this smart, fresh social media platform. If you still have questions or want to add your own suggestions on how to get started with Google Plus, please sound off in the comments section below.