As we wrap up the series, it is time to take a look some more Google+ faux pas. Let’s stamp these out shall we?
Check out Tip 25/50 for Part 1 of "What not to do..." (http://bit.ly/1cELDZk)
► Sharing content from just friends - There is a world of discovery out there. Just sharing things from friends and colleagues leaves an awful lot on the table and this restriction limits the personality that comes from your shares.
► Expecting things in return - If you share someone’s article or comment on their stuff just to get in their good books or in the hope they will check you out, you won’t get anywhere. Being a good citizen on Google+ means helping people out, answering questions, surfacing great content, exposing great people, crediting others for great work etc. just for the hell of it. What goes around comes around.
► Not doing the proper research - If you post a statement or finding, make sure you have done the proper research first and back up opinions with sources. People are here to learn - make sure what they learn is spot on!
► Not respecting others - There simply isn’t space for disrespectful and rude people. Google’s move to integrate G+ comments (and thus expose real identities) into YouTube was a good move in my book.
► (Courtesy of ) - Duplicating posts across communities - If a post is super relevant to a couple communities, sure, repost to save time (beware of individual community rules). But don’t use the cookie-cutter approach if you want to enforce an image of expertise. Not only will the audience likely be members of the various communities and get bored of the re-posts but it also exhibits laziness. More over, Google can pick up on this and remove All your posts (more: http://bit.ly/1huVIaU)
► Being anonymous or fake - G+ is a great place to build relationships but people want to meet real, authentic people not ghosts - Make sure you have a profile picture (not a cartoon avatar or a photo of your cat) and complete your profile as much as you are comfortable with so people get to know the real you.
► (Courtesy of ) Don't just post privately - If your posts are all private, people checking out your profile will see a barren empty space.
► (Courtesy of ) "Don't change your profile photo too often - It becomes recognizable across Googledom and people pick it up in peripheral vision on pages." Your profile pic is far more recognisable than your name. If you want to be associated with all your great content across the web be consistent and future-proof your identity.
Community Faux Pas
There is a whole separate etiquette for communities (most of what we have looked at here apply to the individual and their profile). has created a great break-down of community etiquette, see full post here: http://bit.ly/1bJuEGM
That’s it! I hope you have enjoyed the series, let me know of any feedback or additions.
I may be creating an ebook from this series where I will also be featuring some of my favourite comments. If you would like to be included, please go back through the series and add your ideas and thoughts in the comments. Comments will be closed as soon as I tie up the ebook so get in quick!
Thanks for all of your encouragement and engagement so far, it really has kept me going to the end!
This is just one of many Google+ tips, you can find more tips like this from the #googleplus50 series here:
► If you want to expand on this with an additional point or idea, please comment below so others can learn from your awesomeness!
► Additionally, if you want to contribute tip I haven't yet covered in this series, please feel free to ping me and I will credit you if I use it!
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