Your Google+ experience is what you make of it
It's been a while since I've written a post about G+ as I try to keep them to a minimum. That said, a friend of mine ( +Rob Grundel
) has recently started using it again after a long break. I want him to benefit from my own learning experiences so I thought I'd write down some of my personal guidelines. Seek out interesting people
It's not all cat pictures and posts about G+. There's a real opportunity to find people with similar interests, people who inspire you, or those who add an element of fun to your life.
Use the search to help facilitate finding new people.
The people you circle will help define your experience.Don't be afraid to circle
This isn't like adding a friend on Facebook, the following model is asymmetrical (yes I know Fb has something similar now) and there's no pressure on someone to follow you back. Which leads me to my next point. Don't feel the need to circle people back
As mentioned above, since the circle model is asymmetrical, there's no pressure to circle back. If someone circles me I will often look at their profile and posts to decide if I want to circle. I'm more likely to circle back someone who interacts with me. It's also ok to uncircle someone who isn't working out for your stream. Don't just circle people you agree with
There's no point living in an echo chamber. Find people you disagree with because they can help make you better.Be authentic
There's no point being someone else. Just be yourself and talk from the heart. We're all human. We have our good days and bad. No-one expects you to be perfect. Share what interests you
This goes with authenticity. Don't share what you think people want to see, as you'll probably be wrong. You don't have to stick to one topic. Comment often
Interact with people on their posts more than you post yourself. This has helped me open my mind to new ideas and new relationships. Feel the fear and do it anyway
This is something that I have to do on a regular basis as my confidence ebbs and flows. It's good to take the risk to make yourself vulnerable. I've found this to be one of the most powerful things that I do. Have fun
It's not all serious business. Show your personality and have fun. Sure there might be people who don't care when I post silly jokes and pictures, but that's what comes with me.
Again, these are my guidelines so I don't expect anyone to adopt them. Hopefully someone will find this useful though.