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G+ Tips: Stop Waiting for Your Life to Come to G+
the importance of encouraging your friends and family to adopt G+

So, Floodgate occurred -- can we talk about it like that? The Floodgate? Is that right? Not like... the floodgates were opened... but like Watergate. Floodgate.

Anyway... Floodgate. We have a huge number of new users and I am still seeing a ton of people saying - "my friends and family aren't here yet..." or... "I can't follow bands" etc etc. "I'm bored here. I don't have a use for it yet."

Well, yeah. Totally legitimate reasons to be bored and disenfranchised. What I would like to suggest, then, is: if you want those aspects of your life here... well go ahead and try to get them. I mean, you might fail - you might say to your favorite aunt - "it's fun! We can do Hangouts - share articles about ____" and she might say, "You know - it's just too much for me to learn". And yeah - that might happen.

Well, ok, keep on going. Go out and find your favorite local band - let them know how easy it is to share a multimedia experience on G+, talk about how people are exploring the platform... how they can reach a huge audience... how they can find other bands - get fans in other countries... or do a Hangout concert like +Daria Musk .

minor digression (anyone interested a local band sharing circle/community?)

Alright - so now you have these guys here... what else do you wanna do? "Well, I wanna show my best friend who moved across the country a bunch of my photos and movies... and yeah, he wants to reunite with our group of friends"...

After a little bit of work... you might start to see those things you miss from Facebook (that personal connection) come over here... and hey... that's great if that's what you wanted. The cool thing this leads to is being able to watch them branch out and discover new things (if that's what they're interested in doing) and it helps add to the overall community (if you're interested in that).

You get the idea?

So here are a few takeaways:

1.) You're going to get out of this platform what you put into it... it is my belief that if you're putting forth real effort, and you have a goal in mind... that you're going to increase your chance of finding value in the platform.

2.) Don't wait for things to happen for you. This follows takeaway 1 - I feel like gambling on whether or not someone or something will fall in your lap is not your best bet.

3.) Reach out! Bring what you like about other social networks here!

4.) Google+ lends itself to exploration... and discovery This is very important -- you are able to find people all over the world and connect with them in a way that has previously been very difficult... forums, true.. but how many do you need to join to accommodate all of your interests? Twitter - ok, but the limitations may prevent you from getting the most out of those connections.... Facebook? Not really... more of a personal thing... unless you're looking for brands or celebrities... although, FB isn't too shabby.

This is by no means a complete list... I'm not promising this will work... nor is it useful for everyone. As my amiga +Christina Trapolino says, "Own your experience". Make G+ what you want it to be for you. But if you're not willing to put in the effort to create/own your experience... don't get mad at G+ for it, right?

Also - let me tell you this -when I've helped individuals in the past - it usually gets easier after your initial energy expenditure. Knowing more people = more stuff = more discovery = new interests... and so on and so forth. It does get easier, it does pick up!
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I think G+ has a lot to offer for explorers perhaps less so for people who are more reactive and have a small comfort zone for change...
 
The adage is true: you reap what you sow. And if the seedlings you imported from another farm don't take root, find new crop circles!
 
Ryan did you catch the concert Daria did at my school for me?
 
Now that G+ is open to the public, I have a question: What is the best way to set up a G+ presence for a university alumni group? Should we set up a single G+ profile for the alumni group and then tell our members to follow it? Are non-individual entities allowed on G+ yet? Is it permissible to have a G+ account in the name of "X University Alumni - NameofCity"? We want to be able to post upcoming events, discuss issues, and perhaps have occasional hangouts. It would be easier and more manageable to tell our members to follow the group's posts than to require that they put each other in circles individually (unless they want to). This question really applies to any kind of affinity group.
 
+Lord Miles Parker -ah! I saw something about that but I haven't had a chance to follow up on it! Can you link me?
 
+Linda Zimmerman - not yet, Linda! What you can do is invite those members - set up a public circles group at group.as (fairly simple process - if you need help - ask me or +Daniel Treadwell , the site's founder). Share that public circle with interested parties. After that you can simply start a discussion via shared/limited post - and then that discussion can happen there. Give that a shot - shoot me an email (doctorcrowe@gmail.com) if you need to :)

Honestly, I still think the best place to do group stuff like that is via Facebook groups. But there's no reason why you guys can't do cross platform stuff!
 
+James Lawson-Smith is very kindly sorting the video for us... he's a bloody nice chap will let you know when its available
 
I keep trying to tell people this so it is nice to let them here it in another voice.
 
Thanks for the kind words +Quinn Conklin - and seriously, if anyone has any questions - send em over to me. If I can't find the right answers, I can find someone who can!
 
Just waiting for the "non entity" profiles to be possible. THEN i can invite my network of musicians and music industry connections. - We will stir things up in here.. (c:
 
I think this argument folks have of "no one is here yet" is so funny. Because A) lots of folks are here and B) I was an early FB adopter when it was just open to colleges, and guess what, it took a really really long time, years and years for FB to 1) open to allow more folks and 2) once that had happened to get folks to join. And part of that process of getting my friends and family to join was that I, C) had to invite them and show them why they should join up.

G+ isn't experiencing anything that any other social media platform (particularly FB) hasn't faced. I can only surmise that those folks who are complaining about it the longest were among the later FB adopters themselves who had to be encouraged by friends and family to join after it had been around for years, was fully open, and a lot of other folks were already on there.
 
Once all the new Facebook updates roll out to everyone they will see how easy it is to integrate into Google +
 
I'm honestly enjoying the different crowd over here, so it's not everything mashed into one. I get infinitely more real news, ideas, and articles from G+ compared to facebook, but when I'm bored and want to know what my friends are doing/what my favorite artists have recently done, I can go look at facebook.
 
+David Bitterman yep! Compartmentalizing is also possible right now - I do it, too. I'm waiting for the day when I don't have to. I'm really enjoying the new FB Timeline, too. I don't have a problem with using 2 platforms (or more!). Some people do... just gotta figure out which one you wanna stick with... it does take a fair amount of energy to be active on all of them.
 
I keep encouraging people to stop mapping their existing relationships and start exploring the landscape of potential relationships. I don't want to be tied to my social graph. I want to cut loose from old restraints and form new connections.
 
I'm much more interested in the mobile apps. I don't live in front of my computer. I like that I can see exactly the same thing on my phone and get the same experience.

Now that I think of it can't someone do a mobile hangout at a live event?
 
I was just discussing this with a coworker today. He was saying how the platform seemed a little stagnant and had heard that Google+ was open now to the public. I was telling him how much my circles have grown this week and he was surprised. I think people do see it in comparison to Facebook and are not reaching out to people they don't know.
You definitely get out what you put in.
Oh, and I am down for the local bands sharing thing. 
 
+M Sinclair Stevens Agreed. I like finding NEW people so when I go back to Facebook I can share something new and things aren't stangnant. If your on one network and share everything with you friends you only going to learn things is small social degrees.
 
If you end up starting a local bands community, count me in. There are some stellar ones out here that need to be shared.
 
+Ryan Crowe Thank you for the mention and for this thoughtful post. I always find your writing clear, illuminating and... well... awesome. :-)

Hope to work with you much more here on G+ and on SocioloGy+. <3
 
+Daria Musk - of course we'd love to have you on SG+. Shoot me an email ryan@sociologyplus.com and we can actually HAVE that conversation :)
 
Funny, all of my FB peeps are griping about the recent changes there, but still putting in the effort to learn them...but they don't want to put any effort into G+. lol It doesn't matter that one product has far more potential and features than the other. They're stuck with the herd mentality. So, here's my own personal attempt to get folks to at least consider a big, bold switch (feel free to share/invite your FB friends - I really think it will take a mass exodus from FB for folks to even be remotely interested to learn what they can do on G+): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=194608577279622
 
+Ryan Crowe , I've been here from almost the beginning, like I was with Gmail, Wave, Ring Central etc. I love all this cool techie stuff, but I am somewhat of a geek. Most people only adopt a new platform or technology if it's easy and fun, not if they have to work hard at it. They have enough hard work in their lives already... Just my 2c.
 
Oh, something else: most people will use G+ like Facebook and do you know why? Because Google didn't tell people how else to use it :)
 
+Cristian C. Teodoridis - I agree with you to a point - I think most people will start to use it like Facebook, but then realize that it's not the same beast. They'll naturally adapt themselves to take advantages of the strengths of the platform and to find other means to account for the perceived weaknesses.

Also, G+ is easy and fun, what did I really suggest up there? Hey, go invite your family and friends to a party. If they don't wanna come, come to the party by yourself and grab start mingling.
 
Ok... this is not good.

For about an hour last week, I sat down with the CEO of our company and went down the list of our contacts to invite them all to try out G+. Turns out this seems to be a two step process (not just the Add email, Add to circle, Finished step)... with no way no monitor who has been invited and what invitations are pending.

Long story short. From a list of about 50 top industry leaders, none got an invitation.
 
+Ryan Crowe , it's always gret to see your input here. Hopefully you now have a much wider audience who will be able to enhance their G+ experience by following your G+Tips.
 
LOL Guys. :-) So looking forward to working with you all! XO
 
Also, for the people who are witing for their friends and family: all big social networking sites started small and then grew to be as big as they are, they weren't born huge.
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