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Google+ | The Etiquettes

Note: This article is a set of suggestions/guidelines and not rules. Therefore, I encourage all of you to take these points of etiquette with a grain of salt and apply them as you deem fit.

Online social networks are designed to mirror your real-life social interactions. Different sites have had different levels of success in achieving that replication. Facebook, for example, is an ideal platform for mutual sharing of content with your real-life friends. Twitter on the other hand is more suited for mass-sharing similar to public speaking.

In my opinion the newest player in the market, Google+, has achieved the best replication of our real-lives on the web thus far. With the right usage of circles, comment threads, streams, asymmetric relationships and hangouts, we can now mirror not only our complicated social circles but also interact with them in ways that are very similar to real-life. We can exclusively communicate with our close friends and at the same time reach larger audiences while keeping both levels of interaction completely separate from each other. We can take part in discussions with the community or with hangouts we can simply socialize in person from the comfort of our bedrooms.

Essentially, that means my real-life daily interactions, both private and public, can now take place on g+. It is for these very reasons that Google+ has attracted millions of users within a period of four weeks.

These are still early days - we’re all exploring the features and potential of g+. However, it is also the right time to realize that, given the above discussion, we are now part of something much bigger than us. We’ve mirrored not only our local communities on here but also our societies at large leading to the formation of one big global e-society. How?

- We’re a society because we’re all from different classes and different groups interacting in one place.
- We’re a collection of communities here because we share similar interests with different groups of people. For example we have a community of photographers or designers. Locally, I also have a community of my real-life friends on g+.

Consequently, our actions on this network affect hundreds and thousands of people at the same time. Therefore, as members of this google+ society, we need to act responsibly.

As such, this article will try to establish some general points of etiquette that can universally apply to all g+ users. However, please do not take this post as a binding guide. Rather it is meant to serve as a platform for a larger social discussion on what is ethically acceptable (or not acceptable) on the world’s fastest growing e-society. For that very reason, I am greatly looking forward to the feedback and discussions for this article in comment threads across the network.

Similar to my other articles, I am going to break down the post into eight sub-sections based on google+ features so you get a nice over-view of what's to come:

Sharing | Re-sharing | Commenting | Following | Hangouts | Advertising | Huddles | General

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1. Sharing

This includes all content that you publish except re-shares. It can be standard text-posts, pictures, links, videos, etc. Once again from a social point of view, we have to realize here that our posts affect other people. Even though we have complete freedom of speech, we cannot disregard the consequences of our actions on others in a society. Therefore, let’s look at what is generally desirable and not-desirable in terms of content sharing:

Be mindful of what you post. Since google+ allows you have to have hundreds and thousands of followers, you have people from all kinds of backgrounds in terms of culture, religion, personalities, jobs, etc. Posting some content may seem harmless to you but might be taken in a completely different way by your readers. Of course, I am not asking you to consider all possible consequences of your post but rather just be mindful of it.

Format your posts. As I’ve highlighted in one of my previous articles, one of the nice things about g+ is the ability to format your posts with bold and italic styles. Use this feature to structure your posts so that they’re easier to read and understand. This way, just one glance can be enough to tell your readers what the post is about. For ideas you can look at this simple example: bit.ly/pz1wTU

Don’t post everything publicly. It’s great that google+ allows you to post anything publicly but that does not mean you should make each and every post public. The whole idea behind circles is that just like your real-life, you do not share everything with everyone. Therefore, keep your private and personal posts within your close social circles.

Have some time-gap between successive posts. This is for your own good. Posts go down on g+ streams quite quickly. So if you post 10 GIFs in the space of 5 minutes then users will probably not bother scrolling down to look at the initial ones. Spacing out successive posts allows users to pay proper attention to each of your posts which is what you want right?

Post in first-person. This suggestion does not apply to the majority of us and is directed at the celebrities on google+. Famous people tend to let their agents update their social profiles for them. While that is understandable given time constraints, I would like to request celebrities to post in first-person too. The whole charm of following you guys is to be able to communicate with you on an equal level. So anything on your profile that makes me feel like you’re not the actual person behind this account will most likely push me to un-follow you. I do receive all your third-person posts on newspapers and other websites, but I follow you for a more personal interaction even if it is one-way.



2. Re-sharing

This addresses the concept of re-sharing other posts we find in our Streams:

Always give credit. What you’re re-sharing is definitely not your own post and hence the person who originally shared it deserves credit for it. +Mention them in your re-share to let them know you’re acknowledging their contribution to the community.

Space it out. The purpose of re-sharing is to get the word out to larger audiences. However, if you and the original publisher have a lot of mutual followers, then by re-sharing right after their original post, you are not in fact reaching a larger audience. To make it more effective, allow a time-gap before you re-share the original post. This way people who missed it the first time now get the chance to view it again.

Give your feedback. While it's always nice to see your post re-shared, receiving any feedback regarding the post is even better. So when you re-share, after crediting the original publisher, use the space to give your thoughts on their post. Even a simple “wow!” or “amazing” goes a long way.



3. Commenting

Google+ comment threads allow for excellent debates and help with instant feedback. However, the commenting system has also been abused and we definitely do not want it to become a replication of youtube as the network grows:

Be mindful of what you say. Again, to re-iterate; what you think is okay might not be viewed in the same light by others.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion on the internet. There is no need to flame anyone down just because you disagree. If both publishers and commenters are mindful of what they're saying we will get to enjoy even more fruitful discussions.

Use the +1 button. The +1 button is at the heart of google+ and so its proper use is essential to the network. To illustrate, let’s assume someone posts a funny picture. The first comment on the post you see is “lol that was hilarious”. Now, instead of typing in a new comment to say “I laughed so hard”, just +1 the first comment because it expresses the exact same thing. This is not so important for trivial cases like the one I just outlined; however, we need to realize that the comment system on Google+ allows for excellent constructive and intelligent discussions. The +1 buttons in such discussions can be used to voice your agreement to a particular argument instead of making the same point again in your own comment. In the end you get a nice thread with varying points of views which is infinitely better than a thread with the same thing being expressed throughout.

Respond to other comments/questions. This especially applies to your own posts. If you publish something, people will respond with feedback in the comment thread. They might even ask questions. Take out time to answer these people in your comment thread. If there are hundreds of comments then try to respond in a way that can generally address most comments in one post.

Keep it relevant. Make sure what you’re posting in a comment thread is relevant to the actual post. This especially applies to users that are using comment threads on posts by google+ employees to point out flaws and bugs on the network. There is a proper feedback mechanism for such things; use it! (yes, they do actually read all the feedback.) If you absolutely want to say something to someone that is not related to their post then just message them directly and start a different post. Interrupting an ongoing discussion in a comment thread with saying something completely un-related is very disruptive to the flow of that discussion.



4. Following

Being added to circles. Asymmetric relationships that google+ has given us are very beneficial. They allow us they type of freedom that we certainly cannot find on facebook and twitter. You’re at complete liberty to follow whoever you want without having to wait for any reaction from their side. However, from my personal experience, when I see some random names adding me to circles, I find myself wishing that I knew a little bit more about these people. I, for one, enjoy meeting new personalities on here. So if you follow someone, it would be nice to leave them a short private message saying how you came across their profile and who you are. Obviously, you don’t have to do this if you’re not comfortable with it because one attractive aspect about the ability to follow anyone is that they don’t need to know who you are. Still though, I think choosing to introduce yourself can greatly enhance the experience of social networking. Think of it as meeting new people in real life and having a little chat with them to break the ice.

Adding others to your circles in return. Again, as mentioned above, the nice thing about asymmetrical relationships is you don’t have to follow someone just because they started following you. But that does not mean you should choose to ignore them completely. There are millions of interesting people on here, each one of them unique from the rest in their own way. So if you find someone adding you, try to make the effort of visiting their profile. This way you can get to know them a little bit and might even find them interesting enough to add to one of your circles. This will allow you to connect with other people who have the same interests as you. Isn't that what social networking is all about?



5. Hangouts

Google+ can win the popularity vote because of hangouts alone. It’s a great way to group video chat from the comfort of your home/office/anywhere with up to nice people living anywhere in the world... and for free, too! But just like real-life hangouts, Google+ hangouts, also demand a certain degree of ethical conduct from its users. Here are a few pointers to think about the next time you enter a hangout:

- Greet everyone upon entering.
- Be polite and respectful.
- Don’t talk over someone.
- Allow everyone to talk. Don’t take over the conversation.
- Don’t yell or do anything else that interrupts the general flow of conversation.
- It is okay to mute someone if you find them annoying.
- Be mindful of what you say or how you behave.
- Use the side chat-box to voice your opinions if too many people are talking into the microphone at the same time.



6. Advertising

This cannot be stressed enough; the current version of google+ is strictly not for advertising of any kind. Please do not use the freedom granted to you by the network to spam comment threads or public streams with your site, profile, company or business. If you do, then:

- It won’t work anyway because everyone hates spam.
- Users will report and block you - I don’t see how that helps your advertising.

The best thing to do is put links in the About section of your profile. That space is there to embed links that are relevant to your profile/job/business. People do notice them there and if they are interested they will click on them. Shoving them into people’s face, however, will only annoy them and will be counter-productive for you. Comment threads and streams are not the right place for advertisements and so please keep them that way.



7. Huddles

Those of us that are running the Android or iPhone Google+ app know what a huddle is. Unfortunately we also know what huddle-rage can be like.

Since the app allows you to add whole circles to a huddle, a lot of users have been abusing this power. I get randomly added to huddles with hundreds of people in them many times a day. I try to see what the general talk in the huddle is; if it has nothing to do with me then I just leave and remember to not accept any huddle invites from that person again. So before you add someone to a huddle, please first think about whether they have anything to do with the huddle that you’ve just set up.



8. General

And finally a few general points of etiquette that don’t necessarily fall under one category but are equally important:

- Be polite and respectful.
- Do not flame anyone or offend them in any other way.
- Be mindful of what you say.
- Don’t single out people in your posts to hate on them. If you are being abused by someone then just quietly block them.
- Think before you tag people: Would they find your post interesting? Could they be embarrassed by your post in some way? Could they be offended?.
- Do not force your way of using google+ on others. You can only suggest and advise. It is up to the people to decide what is best for them. I have been careless with this one myself and will improve on it too.



That concludes the list of etiquettes. There is a wealth of academic material out there looking into ethical conduct on social networks. That an action on a social network should be considered acceptable or not is always open to much debate and can heavily depend on cultural, religious, moral and ethical values.

As such, in writing this article I do not seek to create a binding law; rather I wish to list suggestions that, if followed, can enhance your social experience not only on Google+ but also on other social networks. Proper social conduct on Google+ can shape this network as an e-society built on tolerance and understanding.

But as they say, no one-size-fits-all when it comes to social interactions. Therefore, I encourage all of you to take these points of etiquette with a grain of salt and apply them as you deem fit!

Finally, I would like to point out that I based this article on a public g+ survey I carried out yesterday: bit.ly/gp_etiquettesurvey. I thank all the participants there for taking out the time to respond with thoughtful and lengthy answers. I have done my best to cover all the points you raised.


Thank you for reading through.

Cheers,
+Ahmed Zeeshan

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Permalink to Post: bit.ly/gp_etiquettes
Google Doc version: bit.ly/gp_etidoc


This article is also available in the following languages:
Italian - bit.ly/gpeti_IT (translated by +Andrea Di Prima)
French - bit.ly/gpeti_FR (translated by +Emilio Boronali)
Spanish - bit.ly/gpeti_ES (translated by +Eduardo Carrillo)

If you wish to contribute a translation for another language please read this post: bit.ly/gp_trans


Other Google+ articles from me:
The Starter's Pack - bit.ly/gpstarter
The Early Adopter's Guide - bit.ly/gp_early
The Circles: Dividing, Nesting and Prioritizing - bit.ly/gpcircles
The Average Facebook User - bit.ly/gb_fb

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I would say to remove the advice to "report anyone being a nuisance" because that can be abused. What one person considers a nuisance to themselves isn't considered anything plausibly horrible by others.

Hopefully, Google staff read through any offending person's posts to determine if it is truly hateful speech, defamation, etc -- or if the person reporting was simply whining.
 
Other than that, very lucid post, well done :)
Rae O.
 
Very helpful and I did your survey yesterday, so thanks for the summary. I'm still afraid to join a hang out.
 
+Jennifer Bailey Yep they examine each case. So instead of one publicly hating someone in posts, it is better to report to google and let them have a look into it without the person being criticized openly. Everyone wins.
 
Excellent, Ahmed, thanks for taking the time to write this up. I'm sure the future of this community will be all the better for your efforts!
 
I learned a lot reading your post and I see where I fail... Thank you.
 
This is fantastic advice. Thanks for all the thought you put into this.
 
Except Ahmed sometimes the attacker is the one who is out for blood and being ridiculous.. you have to realize that sometimes people really REALLY don't like people disagreeing with them. It isn't always the attacker who is right. It isn't always the one picking on a person individually who is right. Sometimes they're the troll and the person being picked on/called out is the victim, simply because they didn't agree.
 
I like it, very good guide. If only we all followed it. And Leave the bit about reporting. Rather do that, or send a direct message, than start a war in open comments, very white trash.
 
Im very new to social media and appreciate all the information. Thank you.
 
Maria, I didn't say take out reporting, I said take the bit out about reporting /everyone who is a nuisance/ because being a nuisance is subjective.

Only seriously heinous racist/slander/threats need be reported don't you think? Not just meager 'nuisances'
 
perhaps another word could be used, but I have no problem with reporting spam, or comments designed to incite arguments. I don't want g+ to cheapen itself, let's hold people to a higher standard.
 
good post overall, mr. zeeshan. very thorough :P. hmmm... in response to +Jennifer Bailey, maybe the problem is the difference in how you or ahmed or marie defines a "nuisance." To me, just disagreeing isn't a nuisance, but if someone is really ruining the experience for everyone else there and generally being a troll, that counts. so I guess that's the nuisance that ought to be reported, since it adds nothing the discussion. is that what you were saying as well?
 
+Ahmed Zeeshan great post! Next time I think you may try to address how people to teach other people the etiquettes for those who don't like to read :). As we sometimes may have friends with bad habit by posting everything in public while actually it only means to discuss/express feeling with certain people or post something useless like 'zzz....' or 'sleepy head'. I believe those habits may come from FB :P, and I believe that people should use social networks to contribute something to the community instead of 'spamming' the stream.
 
Caroline - I would never report someone - with the threat of suspension - simply for typical forum antics. If they were making personal threats, making racist or otherwise hateful remarks, or harassing someone publicly - that would warrant a report. If someone just simply isn't using the tone you prefer, reporting them is way too harsh. You can block them if you like. That solves the problem. 
 
well, there's no disagreeing with that. i think your argument is over the wording more than anything else. it does seem clear that someone using a rude tone could just be blocked, while someone being a troll (making personal threats, making racist or otherwise hateful remarks, or harassing someone publicly, as you say) ought to be reported. potayto, potahto...
 
Great stuff, Ahmed! Shared.
 
+Ahmed Zeeshan - sometimes I wish that people didn't feel the NEED to write full essays to respond back to a simple statement. It keeps happening to me. haha
 
Ahmed, Wow, Really great post. I am enjoying this time and the opportunity to connect with like minded thinkers. It reminds me more of twitter in that way. I am going to think about this but, I have never felt comfortable communicating and sharing on facebook. When someone's dinner is lauded because they had steak and good glass of wine and other meaningful content is almost ignored it is just sad.
 
Caroline - yeah I spose that's really it. Just semantics. I'm just glad most of us here can all discuss stuff like this in a rational way! :)
 
Alright I agree, Jennifer. I am trying to make the necessary change but google+ isn't letting me edit the post. I will do it as it is working again. Thanks for the excellent discussion though, Caroline and Maria. This is exactly the type of feedback I'm interested in.
 
I would think people could tactfully promote their blogs and businesses without it being spammy. I share articles both of mine and others with certain circles of interest, along with some comment or thought provoking question. I see bloggers sharing links to giveaways from their blogs and if I don't want to see that I can put them in a different circle. I suppose it WOULD be rather annoying to see one person constantly flooding my stream with the same stuff for sale from their website store. But then again, I don't have to follow them. :)
 
That says a lot, and something that is very much needed for a better understanding about Google+. Thanks for sharing +Ahmed Zeeshan !
 
Thank you, this is excellent. I don't know how to properly state this, but I think an important part of lengthy online discussions is to discuss positive, interesting parts, and ignore parts that are negative or hateful. We all occasionally post things that are deliberately provocative, but things only get bad when negativity grows out of control.
 
+Ahmed Zeeshan Great post and so insightful, I just wish I could share with the rest of the WWW. Than you for the great work young man,,,,
 
This is terrific, and I plan to share it, selectively, with the circles where I put people who are new to G+ and in many cases inexperienced in social networking beyond the confines of FaceBook. Some of them seem to be a bit bewildered, and your guidelines will go a long way toward helping them figure out how to manage their G+ life.

I'd add one thing, on the subject of keeping things civil: If, like me, you're the sort of person who welcomes civil debate and differences of opinion, it's not a bad idea to let people in your circles know what sorts of conversations you're interested in having, and what sorts of behavior will get people ejected from your circles. if you're mainly posting to your own circles, as opposed to "public," then there's rarely a need for Google intervention - if someone acts like an asshole, you can simply remove them from the circle.

Me, I like to let people know in advance what kinds of discussion I welcome, what I'll tolerate, and what I won't put up with. That gives them a chance to decide for themselves whether to moderate their behavior, and lets them know the possible consequences if they don't.
 
Ahmed,
great article, thanks for sharing!

One question left regarding adding somebody to one of my circles: You recommended to introduce myself, how would you do it? Write a short post, only shared with her/him? 
 
Nice post! I hope in relation to your "just click the +1 instead of repeating a similar comment" that google lets us +1 individual images (when they're shared as an album) and allow +1 on comments on mobile/devices - as currently that area is lacking. Sometimes your only option is to add a comment.

+William Nathania I think people should be able to use Google+ as they seem fit. If you don't like people posting "Facebook-esque" comments then you can mute that post, or unfollow that person. Not to say people shouldn't put thought into posts - but as long as its not offensive and within a reasonable time frame then they should be able to post what they find interesting. (And I'm not singling you out in this opinion - I have seen a few people over the place saying a similar thing.. but I think followers should remember they have options :))

It would be nice if Google add an easy way to send someone a short message (or something more obvious) because like +Joerg Fries I'm assuming that to send someone a "private message" you just make a post and share it with them?
 
Hi +Ahmed Zeeshan a fantastic guide & read to social etiquette and I agree with many of the things that are described here, how well it will be adopted well; lets keep our fingers crossed.

If I may, could I add the following - In your section about responding to comment/questions i felt it rather overlooked some key elements. I think that comment and debate is one of the greatest features of any social network. I liken it to being in a large room, full of people and being able to respond 1-2-1 with someone on the other side of the room. For this reason when I see interesting posts, like yours, i love to scroll through the comments, which usually contains very interesting debate and comment. However, the message can sometimes get lost when people respond to an individual without +ing them in the post.

This is especially true of individuals with many followers, such as your good self, who attract comment from a wide variety of interesting people, and who may be commenting at the same time losing the flow of the conversation. I want to be able to read the comments in a structured way, and we can help that by +ing responses to the right person, or persons, within the thread. being able to comment on a comment may also be useful in this case.

Great work, i've read all your guides and all I can say is superb stuff.
 
You did a great job. Your analysis Is very good & you gave very useful guidelines . This article Is like a manual to a product which we by from a store.If any one follows your article can use G+ In an efficient and effective way. I am expecting more articles about g+ from you.
 
+Ahmed Zeeshan Really great exposé on good behaviors on G+ ! ! Very impressed ! I would just add a little point to your consideration concerning 're-sharing' :

People shall think twice before re-sharing a post that has already been reshared a lot, which means that their circle, even if not following the original author, may have already received more than once the original post...
 
Article updated with Google Doc Version link at the end for easier sharing.

+Jennifer Bailey I've made the necessary changes this morning regarding the reporting issue.

+Chris Hamilton An excellent point, Sir. I will add the suggestion to the article.

+Joerg Fries +Jen Pearson Yep by short direct messages I mean creating a post and tagging only that person in it.

+Pat Kight That is an even better way to encourage and moderate discussions in your comment threads. I fully agree.

+Andrea Di Prima Please go ahead!

I am not sure why it isn't letting me tag any of you but thank you all for your feedback and re-shares. Looking forward to even more thoughts on the topic.
 
my pleasure +Ahmed Zeeshan glad I could get involved!

Off main topic but I see from other posts that sometimes tags don't work in posts +Dan Soto has had an issue here, 'the tag-ban'. I hope it is a temporary thing, any comment/knowledge on tag numbers in posts Dan?

(makes my point kind of redundant in a way!!).
 
I find that sometimes the ui acts flakey and the tag won't work until I type it character by character really slowly. Sometimes it just doesn't seem to trigger off the "search". 
 
The problem wasn't the tagging. I managed to tag everyone... but when I tried to save, it said error saving your comment. Then I removed some of the tags and the comment went through without any problems. Maybe there is a limit to the number of tags you can have in a comment?
 
+Ahmed Zeeshan I'm on the french translation right now... Do you mind if your "sharing" becomes "publishing" and "re-sharing" becomes "sharing". That would better fit the G+ definition (in French and English as well...) ?
 
You know it also occurred to me that perhaps a lot of the problem some people might be having with the relative surprise of strangers 'following' them is that they don't have any experience with Twitter, where this is the norm. I've been on Twitter for years, so this doesn't irk me and I have zero issue with strangers following me. In fact, I prefer google+ because I don't necessarily need to share with them. It's quite lovely really. But I just thought of that, why people might feel a little awkward about all these random people circling :D
 
Yea, another one of the things the Average Facebook User is scared of about google+ and twitter. The point we're trying to get across to these users is that the power is in their hands. If they understand and use g+ features the right way, they can achieve any level of privacy on google even if thousands of strangers decide to follow them.
 
Wow, Emilio! Nice work there. How long did it take to translate the whole thing? Too bad I can't read it. I put it into google translate and got most of my original post back so it's a job done well! :)

Please let me know when you've finalized the version. I'll add the translation to the original post too and credit it to you.
 
+Ahmed Zeeshan took me approx. 2 hours... And so far it is "Ready to go" ! ! ! (I've corrected all the major errorsbut sure i've left some mispelling but i can't see them right now)
 
+Emilio Boronali Nice! I'll suggest that you do not grant universal editing rights on your document though. Makes it a lot more secure.

+Andrea Di Prima When you're done with your Italian version please link me to the document so I can add it to the original post and credit you with it.
 
+Chris Foote thank you for your contributions in the survey. Most of the content in this article is inspired from the discussion in that post.
 
+Ahmed Zeeshan I made a private backup of the whole translation and I thought I may post it here with links to your previous original post. Don't you think ?
 
Outstanding! Very well thought out and well written. It also touched on some areas with which I am unfamiliar, e.g.: huddles, so I appreciated these insights.
 
I'm going to disagree with point 2.3. As someone who enjoys reading comments, if all I see is a bunch of wow! and amazing! comments, that's not really adding anything to possible discussions and I won't bother scrolling very car to see if anyone has anything interesting to say. My thought is, if you're not adding value, don't comment. A 1 word kudos comment is equal to a +1. A short kudos sentence is equal to a share with that kudos in your re-share.
 
I think you misunderstand me there, Derek. 2.3 is referring to the description you can write for a post when you're re-sharing it on google+. It is not referring to the comments in the comment threads. Comment threads, like you said should be devoid of any posts that do not add value to the discussions.

2.3, however, suggests that when users re-share a post, instead of re-sharing it blankly without any supported text, use that space to say something even if it is a simple "wow". Generally the trend is to leave that space blank and that is what I am trying to discourage.
 
Great post. I agree on most, if not all, of your points and it is nice to have it put in writing.

I disagree with +Derek Eskens on wow or amazing not adding to the "value" of a comment thread. Not everyone is equally well-spoken or feels comfortable writing in english (even if they read it well), but still feel the need to show more support than the +1 button implies.

+Trey Ratcliff actually posted an interesting view on exactly this earlier today (https://plus.google.com/105237212888595777019/posts/R9bw2dSyXKN).
 
Thanks +Ahmed Zeeshan . This was an excellent and well thought out post. I am going to share it to my personal circles. I also am following you now, since I was really impressed with what I have read.
 
+Ahmed Zeeshan Finally had time to read this after saving it to Evernote. I especially enjoyed how your tone and phrasing followed your own suggestions and clearly stated these are not rigid rules.

One item I would like to add to is Giving credit when re-sharing.

One cannot assume that the inventor of a tech application or originator of a detailed, and therefore especially worthy of credit, guide or post is shown as "originally shared this post"; although some heavily followed people on Google+ have posted with this assumption. If a friend shares an originator's post with you and you then share the post, your friend, not the true inventor or writer is shown as originally sharing the post. Sometimes it takes some work to find out who really deserves credit. Giving praise to the face and not the mirror is to give credit where credit is due.
 
Thank-you for writing this, it's a clear and concise way to explain basic Netiquette
 
That was an interesting squid +Jake Phoenix . I had to re-share your share (but of course, I did it properly, sharing yours). I did notice that when I clicked the original link you posted in the first comment, that the original linked to "the Cheesegrater" must not have had permission to re-share, as it was tagged "Dancing Squid Bow... this video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Association of Copyright for Computer Software". It also makes me assume it must be a computer generated scene, if one would make that claim (from a computer software copyright group). LOL. Anyway, the moral is... at least your post shows that you were not the source of a copyright infraction. One 'could' be made against the other user, I suppose.
 
Thanks +Ahmed Zeeshan Harry would like to inform you that I will be continuing in first person from now on.
just kidding, thank you for your series of very useful articles for G+ newbies like myself, much appreciated.
 
The A B C of G+. to those who lives and share e-society platform.Informative notes by Ahmed Zeeshan.
 
One extra hashtag #nettiquette as a gentle reminder that you may be crossing the line.
 
just saw this was the first version and re-posted in the new one :)
 
Yea I noticed too but thanks for the reminder. I added the new hashtag :)
 
Im saving it somehow, There is alot of reading ,,,right now lol
 
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I am a social Robot I will obey!
I am a social Robot I will obey!
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