If you’re on Google+, then you know it can be quite different from other social media platforms. Some may even say it’s confusing when you first start out, but it really just takes a bit of getting used to. Once you master all the basics, then you’ll be able to handcraft your account and tailor it specifically to your life and your personal interests. Check out the list below to discover four simple ways to get the most out of your Google+ account!
1. Follow Your Favorite Brands
As Google+ continues to grow in popularity, more and more companies are creating accounts in order to connect with their customers on a larger social scale. This is because social media has become a vital element of brand marketing, so a lot of companies create posts that are exclusive to each social networking platform. So even if you’re already following your favorite brands on other sites like Twitter or Facebook, you should still follow them on Google+. You’ll be able to see all their updates, which could include some awesome information that you wouldn’t be able to obtain elsewhere like deals, promo codes, breaking company news, and more.
2. Join Communities
One word comes to mind when we think of Google+ communities—awesome. For the newbies out there, communities are pages that are formed around a certain topic of interest, and it’s safe to say that there is a community for everything you can imagine. These pages operate like open forums where users can connect with other like-minded individuals to talk about the topic at hand whether it’s animals, food, surfing, yoga, movies, etc. So, find some communities that are centered around your interests, and you’ll be sure to connect with others who share your passion.
3. Take Advantage Of Hangouts
Google+ hangouts are unique to this social media platform because you can have a group video chat with several other users at one time. Facebook offers it’s own version of video chat, but it’s only one on one, and there’s no option for additional users to join. With Google+ hangouts, you can conference in your friends, family, coworkers, or study buddies and it’s just like a real group meeting. This is perfect for those times when you’re super busy and can’t make it to a meeting, or your group members have conflicting schedules. Or, you can simply use it to round up all your friends and just hang out online!
4. Manage Your Circles
On Google+, you can think of circles as groups, and categorizing your connections into these groups can make your life a lot easier when it comes to content sharing. When you first create your account, you’re given four default circles: Friends, Family, Acquaintances, and Following, but you can always add more by clicking the “Create New Circle” option. A lot of people create a circle for “Work” so that they can put all their coworkers and business contacts into one group. Imagine you’re at a party and you’d rather not have everyone from the office see the photos you’re posting—you can tailor that post so that it’s hidden from people in your “Work” circle.
Now, those don’t seem so tricky, do they? Like we said, joining a new social media site can be a shock to the system, but once you get all the basics down, you’ll be a Google+ master in no time. What’s even more important is that you’ll be confident that you’re using your account to it’s full potential, and that’s always a good feeling!
Are YOU on Google+? If so, what’s your favorite feature? Let us know in the comments!
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About the author:
Maddy Delgado is a blogger from San Francisco, CA. She specializes in writing about the latest trends in social networking.