I’ve been writing a lot about Google+ , but that’s partly because it’s a very interesting social network environment, and it gives me a lot of opportunity to study a social network at its birth. Once you’ve been on Twitter or Facebook or wherever for a while, you take for granted what it was like in the beginning. This time, I’m capturing interesting things that might be of value.
This one is a little different to capture, but I think it merits a little consideration.
Google+ is a VERY Different Sharing Environment
I think that sharing is the coin of the realm in Google+. People who share interesting things get more follows, get added to more circles, and end up having more engaging conversations. I’ve been experimenting with what works and what doesn’t (adding a picture, a video, or a link to a post almost guarantees triple the engagement, for instance). But there’s more.
This environment isn’t geek-only stuff, even in its early days of the bleeding edge and early adopter types.
My last handful of conversations:
- A weird “fitness chair.”
- Thinking of your career as if YOU are a startup.
- A fitness ball question.
- And a few geek conversations.
I asked the simple question of where people were and got over 500 responses (and counting). Talk about engagement. It’s just a different world in there.
So How Do You Use This?
Find the good stuff and share it. Don’t just share what you’re seeing inside of Google+. Definitely don’t just share links to your blog posts. Share interesting things that open up new conversations. Then, see if there’s more there, and see who comments, and consider following and Circling them.
See how a community of interest forms?
How’s your experience been with this?