Communities radically changed how G+ works. I post almost exclusively to Public and Private Communities. That's why I (usually) leave my Community posts visible on my Post's page. If you know me in real life - notify my when you circle me!
Which Circle? If I were putting me into my Circles, I'd choose my Favorites circle, my Skeptics (Consumer Protection Advocates who use Science and Reason to debunk harmful frauds and scams) Circle, and/or my Atheists (people who have not found any credible evidence of any gods, angels, devils, ghosts, or souls) Circle. I doubt there will be a major theme to my occasional original posts or re-shares - just what strikes me as interesting at the time - but that is more likely to be related to Neuroscience or Technology. Here is a list of the Podcasts I subscribe to, which indicates what I'm most interested in:
As a general rule, I don't believe in banning, blocking, censorship, or flagging. "John Stuart Mill argued that silencing an opinion is "a peculiar evil." If the opinion is right, we are robbed of the "opportunity of exchanging error for truth"; and if it's wrong, we are deprived of a deeper understanding of the truth in its "collision with error." If we know only our own side of the argument, we hardly know even that: it becomes stale, soon learned by rote, untested, a pallid and lifeless truth." - Carl Sagan It is most unlikely that you will offend me with posts or comments, unless you post moronic idiocy, of course, or try to convince me that Your God really exists, and Your Religion actually knows her, or you post only Spam or Spam my posts. If you circle me and want to be Notified of my rather infrequent posts, put me in a Circle where you have Notifications set to On.
Getting started in G+. Add this entire circle linked below to gets lots of interesting posts and interactions in your Home Stream:
And here is a circle of Pages that Share circles - you can visit them to see what sorts of circles they post that might interest you and add them, or have them add you to the circles some of them maintain on certain topics.
Next - go to Communities and enter in some topics that interest you into the Search bar to find Communities built around those topics. Join a few of them that show lots of members and lots of posts, and start commenting on those posts or posting your own contributions to the topic. Before long, you'll want to throttle down the firehose of information coming your way!
What is G+? (Explanation for the newly invited). The usual uninformed answer is that it is Google's version of Facebook or Myspace. But it's not like that at all - it is more comparable to Twitter microblogging, but instead of mostly vapid < 140 character tweets, you get a Stream of thoughtful content, links, videos, and articles from people you choose to follow because they share things that interest you. Which makes it addictive and time-consuming, because if you follow enough People and Pages and Communities, you get a nearly continuous Stream of things you want to know about. Plus some occasional other stuff you might not even know you are interested in until you've been exposed to it. And by using Circles and hashtag searches appropriately, you can check out other people or things Topic by Topic. In summary, Facebook is about people, Twitter is about trends, and G+ is about Content and Information. While most people use G+ to microblog, it is well suited to full blogging too - you just won't get paid for your work here, but also are not paying for the blog hosting. Your blog here is more likely to get a lot more eyeballs and comments. Or you can use G+ to microblog a link to your professional blog, but most people will be too lazy to do that extra click.
G+ is designed to be Addictive! Almost like playing a Slot Machine - maybe the NEXT Post in your Stream will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, ask a question you know the answer to, or reveal the Secret of Life. All while your red Notifications box keeps dinging that someone has thought of you. Be sure to blink every hour, and get up from your chair at least daily.
How Do Circles and Sharing Work on G+? Explained here:
Sharing is not Sending! I went ahead and made a post of how G+ Sharing and Circling works, based on what I slowly learned on my own through trial and error:
What the Hell is Atheism Minus?
As founder and Spiritual Leader of Atheism Minus - this should answer the FAQs I get:
Copyrights: Feel free to use any post or statement or idea of mine in an open source, creative commons way. Credit me if you like - or not. BTW: that long "rights" thing you see on a lot of About Pages here and on Facebook is legally meaningless.
Disclaimers: My posts or G+ comments are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Or Legal advice. Or Stock Market advice. Or Dietary advice. Or Political advice.
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