Suggestions on How to Make Sense of Google+

To listen to all the “experts” Google+ is the next best thing to come down the pike and will eventually replace Facebook in the B-to-B space. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but since they opened it up to the public a few weeks ago, there are over 50 million users and it’s growing everyday.

I have to believe that if Google is involved then it has a pretty good chance of succeeding. I’ve been on it and have started building my circles, but have yet to fully understand all the ways we can use it.

I recently read an excellent post by Debbie Hemley in Social Media Examiner, 20 Ways to Improve Your Google+ Knowledge that I thought was very helpful. She gives tips on how to get through the basics and highlights ways that you can use it in everyday B-to-B applications from setting up your circle to creating your profile, setting up notifications, plus much more.  Here are some highlights that I found interesting:

  • Engage and learn - go to Google+ tips on Twitter and see what others are saying and dive in.
  • Watch and learn - look at Google+ help and watch videos from people who created it.
  • Set up Google Sparks account- that way you can get the latest developments on what’s new.
  • Create a cheat sheet - to help you format and utilize hotkeys until you become more familiar.
  • Show off your Google profile – by putting it on your blog or website.
  • Go mobile - make sure you get the mobile app so you can use it from your phone. 

So I’d like to know if you’re on Google+ and if so, what are your thoughts?

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