I would fill out my profile, upload a profile picture, and make sure my hovercard was presentable. Make sure that people who have me in circles was visible.
Create seven or eight posts that showed a variety of my interests, and be certain they all contained at least some text of my own. I wouldn't do any new posts until I had at least 1000 people circling me, instead I would focus my time on finding and engaging with other people on their posts.
I would search for "Engaging Circles" and "Interactive Circles" and add every one I could. If I still had room to add people, I would then search for "[my interests] Circles". Here's another resource for finding good circles http://goo.gl/TZTh9
Make comments, +1, and share every post I thought was interesting for a week.
I would repeat that until I had between 3500 - 5000 people circling me. In that range the strategy starts to change, to more creating circles than adding them, and creating good content is the highest priority.
And beyond that? You'll have a ton of friends to talk about that with when you get there.
If you are new and have any questions, please ask in the comments here.
Then, you need to get yourself into publicly shared circles. This is easier than it sounds.
The quickest way to get in a shared circle is to create it yourself. You don't need to be terribly popular for the circle to get adopted by a lot of people. You just need to know the strategy.
Create a post that says something to the effect of, "Who are Your Favorite Plussers? Let's Make a Circle!". Then "+" tag a few of your favorite people. They will tag some, and those people will tag some... and before you know it, you've got a circle!
Publish the circle. It's good to call circles like these "Engager" or "Interactive" Circles so people know what they are getting when they adopt them.
This works. I've made circles like these, and I've been nominated for them too. I've seen my circle count jump by as much as 350 in one day.
This is how the popular kids, became popular. They either made these circles, or they have been put in them, or both. Mostly both.
But Wait, There's More...
Go to circlecount.com and register your profile. Get in the habit of checking there every time you use Google+, to see if you've been shared in any circles. Also, make sure any circles you share are added to the database there.
When you see you've been added to a circle share, go to it and +1 the post, thank the person who created the circle, and share the circle. Follow the people in the circle too, these are active engaging people who may add you to circle shares one day. Make sure you are following the person who created the circle.
International Circle If you want to go global on Google+
The countries represented by this circle: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Catalonia, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, US, Vietnam, Venezuela
It's been awhile since I've shared these circles and they've grown quite a bit. These are people who have between 3500 and 10,000 followers (or did when I put them in the circle, I'll check +CircleCount after I post this and move the people who've passed 10K in to the next circle.)
You Are the Product. Or Maybe, You're Just an Employee
A lot of us accept that Google created this playground for us so they can better target ads, and certainly there is some truth to that. But I haven't heard anyone talk about what is likely the most important reason for creating Google+, and how it affects the entire web.
Social search. We know that Google is integrating Google+ into search. That means we are affecting search rank. This is the dream search algorithm because it is crowd sourced and will be much more difficult to game. It means better results and a better experience for the users of Google Search.
It also means the +1 button matters more than the Facebook "Like" button, or will once webmasters understand this.
Facebook is huge in social media, but Google still rules the web. When webmasters start seeing the +1 button change search rank, the "Like" button will take a backseat.
Facebook has benefited a lot from websites encouraging their customers to use the "Like" button. Expect to see that happen with the +1 button and Google+ will grow because of it.
When I first started doing this I never imagined the variety of styles that were out there.
I was also concerned that I would quickly run out of images, but then my search was only for "dragon". I've since begun adding other terms such as; wallpaper, fire, green, etc. and I'm sure I can go for several more months, at the very least.
I detest the whiny sad-sack vocals, the insincere lyrics, and bland musicality of boy bands and all music in, and related to, the genre.
Are the people that like that type of music wrong? No.
It's just my taste.
Among musicians, Jazz musicians are generally considered the most knowledgeable and technically accomplished. They are, as a group, the best musicians.
Does that mean anyone who doesn't like jazz is wrong? Of course not.
Again, it's a matter of taste.
Taste matters. We are passionate in our likes and dislikes. In the opening paragraph here I actually held back; I could have easily threw in words like "trash" and "moronic". My dislike of boy bands runs deep. It can be difficult to separate that passionate response from the concepts of right and wrong.
I could frame my criticism in technical terms, but at the heart of it I simply don't like the style and my criticisms would only be in support of that. I would have a difficult time acknowledging that the recording engineering on most boy band albums is about as good as you can find anywhere, for instance.
So, what brought this up is that I am working on a novel, and yesterday a put out a call for readers. I want readers that like what I am doing, not because I am looking for compliments, but because those who don't like my style or story are going to have a very difficult time giving useful feedback. Also, my target audience isn't people who don't like what I like, and I'm not going to edit for someone else's taste.
Hmm. I'm realizing I don't really have a good ending for this. The theme of this is "right and wrong vs. like and dislike". It's something I've thought about a lot over the years and some of the feedback I received yesterday got me thinking about it so I decided to write it up.
You can get to know +Kristin Isler on Google+, and maybe, someday, become her friend.
Reshared text: How Facebook Ruined the Word Friend and Google+ Saved It
As a child, a friend was someone that you liked to play with and have fun. As a teenager, it was someone you liked to “hang out” with and have fun. But somehow when we became adults, the definition of “friend” changed enough to include acquaintances whether we spent any time with them or liked to be with them.
It became a word that meant “I know you”.
When Facebook came along, it capitalized on that new definition to not only include people we “know” but included people we knew at any point in our lives and sometimes included people we hated to be around as children.
Remember that kid that picked on you in high school? He’s now your “friend” on Facebook.
When I was on Facebook (and I’ll admit that I’m no longer on it), I was “friends” with a girl that made my sixth grade year a living hell. Why? Because, well, that was what you did on Facebook. You added everyone you know or knew.
So according to Facebook, “know” = “friend”.
Is this true? Is this what we want it to be? I actually ran into that girl IRL because she still lives in the same town I do and we would chat. The entire time I was so uncomfortable because the inner child in me was screaming “This is the person who tortured you. Why are you being so nice to her? Get away from her!”
Not only has Facebook changed the definition of “friend”, but now they’ve made it rude to “unfriend” someone. By the Facebook definition, if “friend” = “know” then “unfriend” = “unknow” and well that’s like screaming at someone, “I don’t want to know you!”
And then came Google+….
Google+ understands that we have different relationships with different people. It knows that not everyone is a “friend” and that people we “know” does not always mean people who are “friends”. It understands that sometimes we only want a few people to see what we have to say. It understands that sometimes we like to keep our relationships secret so you can see if I have you in a circle but not what circle you’re in. To me, Google+ is more like real life than any other social network I’ve ever seen.
Facebook may have ruined the word “friend” but Google+ is fixing it again.
Yesterday every profile containing the phrase “social media expert” was cracked, and the profile image was replaced with one containing the words “scam alert”.
Claiming responsibility was one John Fakerson, recently retired Sun/Oracle Java developer, long-time Linux kernel hacker, and and a major contributor to both the Perl and PHP code bases.
Mr. Fakerson recently posted this on the Linux Kernel Mailing List, “It’s like driving a Nissan Sentra for a few months and claiming to be an expert on automobiles, driving, and the interstate highway system. I’ve been wearing Nike’s for decades, should I list that among my accomplishments?”
He turned documentation of his exploit over to the Google+ development team along with suggested patches. When asked if Google would file criminal charges, Vic Gundotra responded with, “LMFAO!”.