The synergy of Google
(and how it benefits you)
Google+, YouTube, and Hangouts provide you a pinnacle of benefits when used together than all other platforms.
Yes, you read that correctly.
is a social network in and of itself, but when paired with Google+, the audience-demographic and audience-reach is increased. If you go to a party to meet people, but never talk to anyone, how do you expect to meet people?
is an efficient way of connecting with interesting-to-you and beneficial people around the world, but like anything of value, you get out of it what you put into it. It's not difficult to use. Actually, it's easier to use and has better privacy/control than competitive social networks, but you have be willing to learn a new way of doing something.
(and Hangouts-on-Air [HOA]) provide you the opportunity to chat via text and/or video (or merely voice if you prefer) better than any competitor. Most video chatting services out there only allow 1-on-1 conversations, Hangouts not only does that, but also allows you to add more people during
the conversation as well as up to ten people at once!
You can always argue convenience in not trying a new network as what Google is offering, which is valid when it comes to what you know,
but why stop there in your life? Why not expand your horizons and raise the ceiling (or blow it completely away) in regards to how high you can fly!? No? Well, Lemmings need members of the herd. Grow, people! Fly! Don't succumb to typical actions of drones!Still intrigued? Read on. [YOUTUBE]
I live on Google+ and YouTube. I watch about 350 videos per month (at this time in my life; a couple of years ago, I was averaging 650 videos per month). I follow some amazing people on G+ and YT,
but I have noticed a detrimental lack of understanding by YouTube channel owners regarding Google+. Predominately, they have yet to learn how to link the two resources and capitalize their ROI (return on investment) and I do not mean to imply merely the monitized channels either, but also the YT channel owners simply wishing to provide enjoyable content to their followers for the joy of it. These YouTuber's merely auto-post videos to their linked G+ accounts via an options setting, but they do not interact with their G+ followers. (For anyone who says Google+ is dead hasn't even tried and and in my opinion, already has a closed mind.)
I've been with Google+ from the earlier days and have gone through many stages of Google's social metamorphosis. I've been there and bought the T-shirt, so I am not going to rehash past events or scenarios.
There is a problem with contacting YouTuber's who do not use Google+, but it's not Google's problem, it's the individual channel owner's problem. If I want to connect with a YouTube Channel owner, I have to make a public post on a video and hope they read it, because unlike the old days, the channel owners no longer receive eMail notifications about new messages in their YouTube inbox and since they don't know how to utilize Google+, they never see a subscriber/viewer message (or shout-out) notification. What a sad shame. They're really missing out on a door opening to their benefit. One reason I am reluctant to make a public post on YouTube is due to the overt and unnecessary "mean [pejorative] comments" by random viewers, so I abstain. Am I shooting myself in the foot by not asking said question? No, I just find another resource to answer my question and that YouTube channel loses another subscriber (at times; one's audience doesn't like to be ignored) at best and at worst, they lose that human connection with their audience/customer-base. See how dangerous lack of knowledge can be to and for the YT channel owner?
What you don't know can't hurt you.[GOOGLE+]
Someone once said we're reading the title, "Google+" incorrectly; it's "Google Plus
[you]." I agree with this sentiment. Google wanted to create something for you, about you, to benefit you.
1.) You hate advertisements.
So, Google+ has no ads.
2.) You want control of your stuff.
Google+ provides full user control over personal content, unless the individual has manually (NOT automatically) given Google permission to reuse their uploaded image content. [Facebook owns
100% full copyright of every image you post, even privately AND even if you delete it (if it got re-shared prior to deletion). FB can use it to their monetary benefit without notice, including marketing and sales in any fashion they wish. You lose all personal and individual rights as a user when you sign up with them.]
3.) You want an easy-to-understand and use environment.
Google+ now has a clean vision for their social network and it continues the personal-connect by adding Collections
3b.) You don't want to lose your Pinterest boards?
As you will see in the info graphic below, Google has improved the concept of Pinterest's site features by providing opportunity for direct as well as group discussion of said "pinned" (to use Pinterest's terminology) item with their [Google+] new Collections
feature. @105866516410377831657 shared a tutorial on how to make the move from Pinterest to Google+, which can be seen here: ( https://goo.gl/pyWxg7
3c.) You want tailored communities?
The cool thing about G+ Communities
is that there is just about every topic available and if you can't find it (I'd be surprised), then create it and I have no doubt members will begin to "pile in!" Private Communities are available for you as well.
4.) You want to decide for yourself who sees what.
Circles is the G+ feature that allows you to organize people/pages into fine-tuned groups or even general groups of people. Of all social networking sites, Google+ is the only one to offer this feature with such control to the user. Google plus isn't about excluding people, but rather letting you
determine who is in your circles and who sees what content; have an unwanted person begging you to "friend" them even though you don't want to? No worries, with Google+ Circles, you can manage them and what they're able to see without them knowing it and everyone is happy.
5.) You want absolute content control: what is yours is yours.
What if you want to erase all of your history, G+ content and such? Most social networks retain such user data for in-house marketing even after you leave. Google+ allows you to wipe your data from your account on their servers. Any and all of it if you wish!
5b.) You want to manage your content personally. So, you don't want to make such a drastic move as mentioned in the previous step, but still wish to backup your data? Use Google's Takeout tool ( https://takeout.google.com
) and select what data you wish to download.[HANGOUTS]
I love this app! Having grown up all over the place, Hangouts has provided me the ability to text/voice/video chat with my friends (AND up to 10 of them at a time) whenever I want.
Hangouts-on-Air has provided me the awesome experience of meeting other people of similar interests in a video setting. Want to be part of one, but not be on video? Simply turn off your webcam with a single click from inside the app and voi la, you can still see everyone else and still interact via voice! :) Need to mute your mic for a moment? Yep, you can do that too! For me, as an artist, I have had the opportunity to meet many other artists from all over the world. How cool is that!?
Outro:So, will you take the _red pill?
Prefer to venture around here and learn on your own? No worries.
Prefer to have a guide to getting started? @108384201920217141722 has a great post to help with that and you can see it here: ( https://goo.gl/YmU0sc
). Mind you, that his post was written prior to this new version of Google+, but essentially the basics are still the same, so you should be fine in getting started. Welcome to the real world.
The info graphic associated with this post is set to copyleft. I created it, but being super busy right now, I didn't invest more energy in making it look professional. Feel free to use it as a foundation to recreate a better graphic in the same tone and purpose as I've done here in this post. It is not necessary that you credit me. I just want people to get more our of their Google experience. I do not work for Google, but am a strong believer in what these features are providing users. Cheers! :)
Last, but not least, THIS ARTICLE / BLURB is about the synergy of Google, so please don't post negative comments about something you don't like about an isolated aspect of a feature. (Questions regarding specific issues, please refer to the appropriate support Communities.) Nothing is perfect, but I've talked to Google and I've seen their progress. Your patience is appreciated. Thank you.