Okay, so. Lately, I’ve been hanging out on Google+ and you know what, you guys? It’s totally the future. Facebook? Too cluttered, unorganised, and self-involved (Facebook Home– you’ve got to be joking). Twitter? I love Twitter, but what it gains in brevity is lost in the way of visual interest. Google+ is the best of both worlds (plus more). It allows you to share ideas both big and small, pair your text with beautifully formatted photos, and easily network with others.
After hanging out on Google+ for the last couple days (you can find me here) and learning lots and lots, I’m ready to declare it the way of the future. Why? Because:
- Circles! Organise your circles however you like, name them what you want (nobody sees them but you), and easily share information with the people who will actually find it interesting. Want to share your engagement photos? Share with your Close Friends & Family circle. Want to share an article on astrophysics? Share it with your Geek circle. FUN!
- Follow Strangers! Like Twitter, you can choose to follow whomever you please. This allows you to connect with people from all over the world, regardless of whether or not they’re in your network. Take advantage of this feature and follow brands, artists and movers-and-shakers that you’re genuinely interested in learning from and engaging with. Then, do exactly that: learn from them, engage them, and build digital relationships.
- Google+ App! It’s sleek, it’s easy, it’s awesome.
- Be Found on Google! Posting to Google+ can boost your Google search rankings and better lead searchers directly to your content. For anyone with an idea to sell, this is huge.
- Communities! Find your tribe, beat your drum, be with your people.
I know, I know. You’re all like, “Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen.” Except that it is happening. Still don’t believe me? Check out these great articles by people who know what’s up and let them convince you. And then set up your profile and circle me in– providing I’m not in the Geek circle, of course…