Here are 9 Tips to help you get started with Google+
1. Keep it simple
When you start using it keep what you post simple. Start to see what people are posting and start using that +1 button to like people’s status updates or pics or videos.
2. Those Circles
Plenty of people ask me about those Circles, what are they? Are they crop circles? What is going on? Here is a simple definition for you. With the Circles Google has allowed you to move people you add into various circles. Those being Friends, Family, Acquaintances, Following. However here is a nice option you can also add your own circles. So if you are a business person or salesperson you could add a circle for leads. You could add a circle for inspirational people, book clubs, the list is endless. What kind of circle could you create for yourself?
3. Status Updates
Google has a somewhat different status update section to Twitter or Facebook. On the Google one you have a stream, you can update with text, photo’s, videos, links, locations and you can also direct those updates or streams to everyone or just to friends or to a select circle. The choice is yours. Do you see the opportunity for project management here, think tank work amongst work colleagues, friends etc.
Google has just recently added an Events icon to Google+. What that means is just like with Facebook you can now market your Events whatever they may be. This gives you another marketing tool for you or your business.
Hangouts are fun and you can start a hangout with your live webcam, think of it as a meeting of your friends or business colleagues online. You can also save those hangouts on Youtube as a video. A great option.
6. Trending on Google+
Just like with Twitter you can see what is Trending on Google+ it shows you what is popular.
7. Play around with your Profile
What are you going to use Google+ for? Think it through and then adjust your profile. What does your profile picture say about you? What does your ‘’About page’’ say about you?
Here you can show any email address or websites you want to share and any other contact info you care to share.
Pages is similar to Facebook Pages and allows you to set up a page for your business.
A valuable marketing tool for any small business.
9. A valuable networking tool
Google+ is a valuable networking tool for friends, business people and families. The choice is yours.
As with all social networking tools, it’s a tool, it’s up to you how you want to use it and what you want to use it for.
Do you have any tips about Google+?
Fred Felton is a keynote speaker, social media consultant, author business analyst and website designer. Fred is also owner of Falcon’s Cove a digital media agency based in Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa. You can also find Fred on Twitter and Facebook.