Social Networking For Tacoma and Seattle Businesses – Part 9 – Google plus

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In the last post I covered what LinkedIn can do for you personally and professionally. In this one I am going to cover Google plus and how it works.

Google Plus is Google’s social network and provides its users with some very interesting features to help build their own social networks including, Google Profiles, Circles, Hangouts and Sparks. While it’s still considered a new kid on the block is said to have over 50 million members already.

But how can you take advantage of this new social media platform for yourself? Today we’re going to talk about a few great ways that you can get started using Google plus to your advantage right away.

– Set up your profile.

Just like with any other social network is important to take time to create a solid profile, so that other members can find you. Within your profile you will also be able to set up your preferences and privacy settings.

– Understand how it works.

You will also want to take some time to get to know how Google Plus works. Just like we discussed with LinkedIn, it is a good idea to go through the help section so that you can get a good idea of how the site functions

– Create circles.

Google plus allows you to create Circles (much like groups on other social networks) these allow you to categorize your connections and selectively share information with certain people.

– Decide what to share.

The basic rule of thumb on any social network is to always provide value, so before you begin posting, ask yourself if it is going to be beneficial, useful or of value to others. Even though Google plus makes it easy to share selectively between friends, acquaintances, family members and people you are following it is always a good idea to think carefully before you post.

– Tagging.

Tagging people is a great way to network or start up a conversation with another member. If you want to mention someone in a post, you can simple type the + sign followed by their name. The Google Plus smart search will populate their name as you type. The person you mentioned will then be notified with an e-mail that they’ve been mentioned in your G+ stream.

– Plus one button.

There’s no doubt you’ve seen the Google +1 button on more than one website that you’ve visited recently. This button was actually introduced before Google Plus was launched. This button a voting system that lets other people know you like their content very much like Facebook’s “Like” button.

Google plus allows you to share content, provide value and easily connect with other like-minded individuals. There are many reasons why you should consider using Google plus as a part of your social networking campaign. One being that it will allow you to take advantage of Google’s authority for your own personal gain and that’s something that should never be ignored.

Make sure to check for my next post. I will be covering Social Bookmark sites and how they work.

Social Networking For Tacoma And Seattle Businesses – Google Plus

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