This is a very nice and instructional post from +Katherine Bond Well worth a read for all of us!
Very much to the point and good opinions.
Reshared text:What I Continue to Learn about G+...
Some more of my thoughts on this whole experience.G+ isn't just a place to while away a little time.
This is a real community of people who are interested in ideas and in each other. They like sharing their passions with other people.
If you approach G+ as if it's a place where you drop in, make cryptic or mean spirited comments, and then fade away, you'll never get to experience this community -- which would be a shame.G+ is a global community.
This is really exciting. I have met and become friends with people from all over the world. We are letting each other know what is happening in our corner of the world -- without the interference of the media or politicians. I believe that in G+, we have a unique opportunity for a global conversation which might make a difference beyond our wildest dreams, but because it is a global community, we must learn to tread softly and try not to hurt each other’s feelings. The more trust you build, the less this is a problem.If you don't let other people know who you are, don't be surprised if they don't come to visit you.
It's hard to relate to a cypher. Oh, and by the way, post your photo. You can't be that bad looking, and it's hard to relate to a picture of an inanimate object or even worse, what I think of as “the gray man.”Absolutely be yourself
...but ask yourself if this post is something you would share if you were in a
RL social setting with other people – people whose opinions you care about.I still think it's OK to "try on" new people to see if you'd enjoy their company
and it's still OK if you "unfollow" someone if you find you have too little in common or that the content of their posts is offensive to you.Comments are very important.
Going to other people's posts and having a chat with them is the way to get to know each other. Eventually, you'll have memories of discussions you've had which will form a relationship. I am horrible with names, but even I remember the names of people with whom I've had memorable discussions.If you don't know where to start, have fun with,,, #starwarstuesday
(Saturday) or #hamstermonday
(my invention which, it appears, only entertains me) or #punday
(Sunday). It's a nice way to get your feet wet and share some laughs with people. Everyone likes to laugh...well at least I do!One thing that I have just started to remember to do is to add tags to my posts, i.e., #starwarstuesday
That way people who want to find good Star War's stuff can find you in a search.Resharing is a good thing...
but try to come up with some original content from time to time.
Have you taken a nice photo while you were on vacation?
Try posting a photo of what you had for lunch. I love foodie photos.
Do you have some idea that you'd like to discuss with people?
If someone else’s post gets you fired up, that might be a good place to start.For the people who are following me:
I want you to know that I really appreciate it, but why haven't I heard from a
lot of you? I haven't even seen a +1 -- and I have been looking! I don't follow people back unless we have engaged in some way. I want to circle you! Speak up! Say something...anything. Well, maybe not anything...You can hurt my feelings.
Just because this is a relationship that involves typing your thoughts back and forth doesn't mean that you can't hurt other people’s feelings. I’ve done it. When I realize that I’ve been too much of a smart aleck – especially when the context isn’t clear -- I know it’s time to go back and apologize.Google Events and Hangouts
I'm still not sure about Google Events -- too early to tell -- but having had some really good Hangouts, I am a convert. I'm still not always in the mood and will not hangout in my pjs, but I am enjoying them more than I thought I would at first.
I am especially intrigued by the recorded hangouts that are interviews or have some kind of educational value – like how to cook a special dish. If you haven't watched one of them, give it a try. There is bound to be something of interest to you.
For those of you who would like to know how to break into the media, this just may be a good proving ground.Investing some time
Just like any form of communication, the more time you put into G+, the more you will get out of it, but only you know how much time you have to spare.
There are people who are icons in the G+ community who spend a relatively small amount of time posting each day, but post they do, and more importantly, they answer you when you comment on their post and are there for you if you have a question.Check out those Google Chrome Extensions
I've added some extensions recently that have been real lifesavers and made me wonder why I hadn't checked them out before.
A good place to start is +Jens Graikowski
's recent post:
Well, whether you wanted it or not, you now have my up-to-date G+ experience. Happy G+ing and thank you to everyone who continues to give me a helping hand, an intriguing discussion, and a smile along the way.
Oh...one last thing. People appreciate being appreciated, so thank you +Susanne Ramharter +Jaana Nyström +George Cohn +Jens Graikowski +martin shervington +Akpo Siekpe +Bud Hoffman +Muna Bushra +Ronnie Bincer +Mike Fenimore
and so many, many more... #gplustips #myexperience #newbieshelp