How to Interact Well on Google+ (Update: Basic Etiquette & Posting Tips)

This is an update to one of my most popular posts... some things have changed (re. this topic), but most have remained the same here on the Plus.

How to Interact Well on Google+ I'm 'old enough' on Google+ to know what to do, but I can still remember being 'New Here' and my concerns about doing it 'right'. Read this post and make note of things you may not have known... it will add confidence to your interactions or engagements... and that will help you grow here on Google Plus!

The Dos - what is Good to do on Google+
1) When you like something, i.e. a comment someone made: +1 it.
Hitting the +1 on someone's comment is a good way of saying, "I Agree", "Got It", or "Good Job", etc. (BTW, it is OK to +1 your own stuff)

2) After you have +1'ed something, if you want to engage more, then add a comment. This is how the conversation with others gets started... you may find a friend, and then you can add them to your circles.

3) Share Other People's Posts
When you share someone's post you are telling them that what they posted was good stuff. We all like to know that others like our work... so share (it's one of those early lessons you likely learned in life). 

Think of how what you are about to share impacted you and make a short comment to personalize it while you share it - realize your comment during sharing will be removed if someone else shares your share of it. I like to +1 the post I'm about to share, maybe make a comment thanking them and Then I Share it.

And... when I see someone's post that was shared by another person, I like to thank them when I 're-share it' as only the original post is moved along and the person that helped me find it is removed. I usually say in my added info up top: h/t: +person's name (h/t = hat tip) or //via +person's name. See #6 below re. +Mentions

4) When Someone Shares Your Stuff - Thank Them
When you find that your post has been shared by someone (you'll get an alert), it's a good idea to thank them for sharing it. +1 their share of it, make a comment on the reshare ("thanks for sharing"), etc.

If someone shares you stuff a lot, make note of them and maybe add them to a 'shares my stuff' circle... you might consider asking these circle members (privately) if they mind getting a 'Notification Alert' when you have something important to share in the future. (see #2 in the 'Don't section' below)

5) Post to 'Public' (when you can)
Circles are a way to group people. Sending posts to people that are just in your Circle is fine when the conversation is limited to just them, but if you send your posts to the 'Public' more people will see the content and then you may end up getting some new friends. 

If you post to the 'public', the people in your Circles will still see the posts. When you post 'public' others can join in the conversation (see #1 & #2 above)... and it is easier for others to reshare.

6) +Mention People by name in your posts: +them
This helps us when we are busy, know that we were 'mentioned' - we get an 'alert'. This is a Social Place, people like to know that they are being referenced, so doing that is a good social practice. It is done by simply typing a + just before you type their name.

7) Bold and Italicize with care
You Bold text by adding the * character just before and after the words. You make text italic by doing the same with the _ character. Please don't overdo either! (yes you can combine them.)

8) Edit your post when needed - quickly
You are given the possibility of making edits to your posts (or comments) after you have posted them... use that great feature to clean up those typos! If someone shares your post right away, they may be sharing the un-edited version, so try to clean up quickly. (upper right corner of your post)

9) Add Hash Tags to your Posts
Adding a hash tag will help people find more of your stuff if you use them consistently. It also helps people search out a topic more easily as they can simply click that hashtag and get similar posts listed. Make them by typing the # symbol followed immediately by a word or words (no spaces allowed).

See more about #hashtags  here: http://goo.gl/DAiID

10) When you refer to another Google+ Post, use a URL Shortener
Google+ postings have long URLs, so try utilizing a URL Shortener like goo.gl to make your link references less obtrusive.

11) When you enter a Hangout or Hangouts On Air - Mute Your Mic & Open the Chat Window
The Mute function is found in the upper right of your Hangout window, the Chat function is found in the upper left. Muting is polite if your environment is noisy (else no need to mute). The Chat window is a great place to 'enter the conversation' without interrupting. Once the participants know you better you don't need to do these things, but the first few times it is a good idea!

12) When you send out a Post, use a Picture
It is just smart to help get people's attention if your post contains a picture or video... posting with just text will not get the attention of most people

The Don'ts - what is not good to do on Google+
1) Don't SPAM people... you'll get Blocked [or Removed] by them and others won't like you either.

2) Don't Alert or Notify people on All your postings
When you send a Notification for each of your posts, people will get tired of your activity. Save the Notifications for the most important postings you do. You Notify or alert people when you + their name (mentions) or when you hover over the 'non-public' circle name you are sending to and then check the box that reads 'Notify about this post'.

3) When joining a Hangout or HOA, Don't just yell 'Hello'
Hangouts are conversations, it is not very polite to just start yelling in someone's conversation... for some reason people feel it is OK to do that in Hangouts... well, it is not! (see #10 above).

Written by: +Ronnie Bincer 

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