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Notifying strangers is not a good thing.

Why you should not notify people you don't know

I can understand that people want to be heard but notifying just anyone is not a done thing. Unless you know for certain that the people you +mention in your posts are really interested in your topic, it's better not to.

I've had to block people for consistently sharing their family albums or political / religious/ nonsense posts with me. Game notifications are a big no-no: I don't play any games.

Unless you otherwise interact with me regularly, please don't notify.

❤ Thank you! ❤
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It may be the Picasa Upload bug that is the cause.

If you upload to a circle from Picasa, a notification will be sent - and there is nothing you can do about it, but there are two viable workarounds:

My favorite: Upload to public

Runner up: Upload to yourself, then reshare to circle in Google+, with notifications off.
 
You make it serious from the beginning ... with all those cat pics and all ...
 
I'm not so bothered by the occasional notification. What I find irksome us that some people notify on virtually every post. The posts are typically serial so I'll receive several notifications in a relatively short time. The posts are often not particularly important. 
 
I've been lucky so far and not gotten any game notifications here on G+.
 
oh, yuck, gotta be a way to stop that. If I start getting spammed with game notifications my block list will quickly becomes longer than my follow list.
 
I'm getting 20-30 email notifications per day from people I don't know and who are not in my circles. I know, I could change the settings but then those who have legit business with me could not easily contact me, and that's bad for an entrepreneur.
 
I have a group of people who send me notifications.. that I am happy to receive all though asked me first.

I have though been getting notifications from people I haven't even circled back and that is just RUDE and assuming.

There have been some bugs and do try give the benefit of the doubt more often than not.. but I have had to uncircle a number of people who just kept bombarding me with their posts.
 
Yeah, they need to work the kinks out of this system or it's just going to turn into another facebook and I think the best part of G+ is that it's NOT facebook!
 
I love getting notifications about Google+; thoughts, insights, tutorials etc. All G+ related stuff is like candy to me, but together with the nonsense notifications it's getting to be a bit too much... :-)
 
I don't mind the occasional notification. I don't like it when the same person keeps triggering them over and over, though.
 
Rofl, you got it +Marcus Smith I know no one has gotten any notifications from me because I just make my posts public, don't even know HOW to send notifications yet lol.
 
I get tons of emails but thankfully they've all been about people in my circles or replies to things I've commented one, etc..
 
+Lars Fosdal Yeah, but there was nothing there specific to games like a couple of seemed to be thinking.
 
There is this:
Google+ games
[_] Show links to recently played games on the side of the Stream page. Learn more
[_] Show Google+ games notifications in the Google bar.

I don't think you get game notifications, unless you are playing?
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They drive me up the wall because they are usually (1) subjects I have no interest in (2) people I haven't got circled (3) languages I don't understand, and (4) repetitive and DEAF when I ask them politely not to notify me.

Even if I circle you back it's not an excuse to notify me of posts unless it's a rare specific thing that I would not otherwise have seen OR I agreed to be in your notify list about something.

If someone is interested in reading your posts they will see your posts. There's no need to notify every time. We have circles and most of us know how to use them - if your posts are essential to me then you will be in my "must see" circle already. If notify is the only way that you can get my attention, then you're not my cup of tea in the first place - it's not personal - well have different tastes and we're all different, and I prefer people to be good at conversation, which means that if you can't manage to say something interesting on one of my posts, we're probably not going to become best buddies.
 
People not in my circles, and that haven't got me circled, gets reported for spam, then blocked.

People not in my circles, that have me circled, get a complaint, and if that doesn't help over time - get blocked.

People in my circles, that have or not have me circled - may get the question to why I got notified - if I don't see a relevancy to a recent topic.

I'm harsh, but fair ;)
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There was a bug recently where they looked like they didn't have you circled.
 
I've seen this recently - in the beginning of the week, +Elisa Tammela. It may be the bug, or it was a spammer account. Circle, spam, uncircle.
 
+Elisa Tammela Anyone can notify you. It's up to you to allow this to a certain degree in your settings: You can let anyone notify you, someone from your extended circles or circles only. For business people the maximum is the only way...
 
+Elisa Tammela - Unless you are posting as a page, you should be able to tag anyone that have not limited who can notify them, or have blocked you.
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Ugh! Spewing, thanks. Google needs an extra setting.
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PS. Lady Antebellum have a beautiful song with Parachute called Kiss Me Slowly :)
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Sorry +Alex Garcia , I know about it but I've deleted my previous reply about that. Thanks.
 
I have to plus you into one thing, though, Jaana - It's time to start firming up Stockholm-Helsinki HIRL and I'm excited! :)
 
Woohoo! Thanks for reminding me +Debi Vaught-Thelin: I've been really busy setting up my own company. I will start with my first client on Tuesday... Community managering their all social media channels!
 
Confession: I almost plus-mentioned you in that comment. But caught myself just in time. ;)
 
+Marcus Smith I thought notification was an option set by the G+ user. How do you notify someone intentionally?

Btw, sorry if I annoy you, feel free to block me. I make most of my posts Public, but I have no idea why they would end up in other peoples' notifications.
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