Everyone’s talking about how G+ how be a valuable part of your social media strategy. Geek mamma Rosie Sherry is a BritMums member and founder of The Software Testing Club. Here she shares her tips on getting the most out of G+.
What to post on G+?
The last thing we probably all need is for everyone to post the same content that they do to other social networks. The nature of G+ is that the amount and type of content that can be posted is very flexible.
I personally like to view G+ is the middle ground between Twitter and my blog.
I have conversations on Twitter, help people out and post links.
On G+ I put out short-ish thoughts and ideas of mine that are half baked and where I am looking for feedback. I also post things that I like. Videos. Other blog posts. Infographics. Generally useful information that can be of interest to people who have me in their circles, but I also used it as something to refer back to in the future.
On my blog I put out more finalised content.
Of course it is up to you what you want to post, though I’d highly recommend thinking of your end reader. Keep them entertained and participate with their updates too.
Google+ is not the same as Twitter
For me, G+ is the ideal place to hang out, I wrote a while back why I thought Google+ is better (http://rosiesherry.com/2012/
Twitter is great and that’s where alot of people hang out, but it’s so hard to keep on top of all the Tweets. And if you can’t keep up with them it becomes very hard to search what people have been talking about.
It doesn’t quite compare with Facebook either as G+ is open by default (everyone can see your updates), where as Facebook is closed by default. This makes a huge difference.
Of course it will take a while for G+ to continue gaining traction, but the more we all use it consistently, the faster we will get there
Share your circles
It’s hard to know where to start sometimes and finding people by email or by seeing who others are following can be a slow process that puts people off.
Help people connect and find each other by sharing your circles. People will love you if you do this!
The following is me sharing my circle of ‘mums’ – undoubtedly it needs more mums in it!
Go to: https://plus.google.com/
It will appear on your timeline like this:
Be Organised With Your Circles
Visualise Circles as a way to categorise the people or brands you want to follow. It’s so easy these days to become overwhelmed by the amount of information there is to consume. Be smart and be organised. You’ll be thankful in the future!
Perhaps a group of mums might be too big to follow. You might want to categorise it into different types of mums. Or perhaps you have completely different interests, like technology or blogging. It’s up to you to decide how to organise your circles and if you don’t do it as a habit up front you will soon find yourself drowning in a river of data
Know the basics
I won’t teach you the basics, that’s been covered nicely here
They have a handy thing for you to add people to a circle who you are having email conversations with directly from your inbox. Keep an eye out for it!