Tag Archives: Google+

2 effective ways to use Gmail labels

Gmail has a lot of great features, but one that is sometimes underused is the label feature. Labels are a terrific way to group, organize, and filter your emails. Here are a couple of tips for how to use Gmail labels in the most effective way. Read the article on Examiner.com >>

Gmail Labels

Gmail Labels

3 hidden Google features to keep you informed

Google is well-known for their search engine, Chrome browser, Google+ social network, and Gmail. But, did you know that Google offers a whole slew of other features that are not widely advertised? Find out more on Examiner.com >>

Google Products screen shot

Google Products screen shot

Will the Yahoo home page replace iGoogle?

With the end of iGoogle coming November 1, 2013, do you have a replacement yet? Yahoo’s home page is a viable option, but how does it compare to iGoogle? Read article on Examiner.com >>

My Yahoo home page

My Yahoo home page

It’s Time to Make Time for Google+

I, probably like many people, was not wowed by the introduction of Google+. As a matter of fact, I think I remember reading and hearing that it was going to bomb. Well, whoever thought that was right; however, in a different context. It did not bomb in the sense of an unsuccessful crash and burn. It bombed in the sense of exploding to become the second most popular social media networking site; now with 359 million active users.

My Google+ Page

My Google+ Page

I have been reading more and more about the rising popularity of Google+ from various sources. This week Forbes.com stated that Google+ will become a huge factor in 2014. The article goes on to state, “…Google+ should no longer be thought of as ‘just’ another social network. It’s increasingly proving itself to be an integral part of Google’s grand scheme in terms of SEO, social signals and providing a more personalized search experience.”

According to Jeff Bullas blog, Google+ has the largest amount of monthly visits. “Google+ has very large numbers of visits per month at 1,203 million. This has a lot to do with activity generated by visits to Google services (read Gmail) that is counted as a Google+ visit. Facebook visits are 809 million and Twitter had 416 million.”

So, I have no choice now but to become more active on Google+. It is not a chore, but rather refreshing to me. I enjoy browsing through my Home to see what people in my Circles are posting. Sharing, +1-ing, commenting are all extremely simple. I also really like the new format that was introduced a few months ago and have become very much used to it. I think we all know that using Google+ is easy to use.

Regarding a few other features; I have not used the Hangout feature yet, but I do belong to a few Communities that are pretty active. Creating a business page is also a breeze and switching between a business and personal page is simple. Yes again, I think we all know this is an easy social platform.

Comparing my own marketing efforts on Google+ as compared to Facebook; I believe that it works better for me. I do receive responses to my blogs and articles on other sites, and those numbers are growing. In comparison to Facebook, I have three times as many people in my network on Google+ than my Facebook fan page.

My Daughter's Mom on Google+

My Daughter’s Mom on Google+

With the addition of keywords/hashtags, Google+ is staying consistent with Twitter and Facebook which is a bonus. Another thing that Google+ offers that other top social networking sites do not is post formatting. This is something I was unaware of until I read an article on Reviewz N Tips about a few mistakes people make when posting to Google+.

So, maybe Google+ was slow out of the gate. Maybe people resisted it for various reasons. I know that I did resist in making it higher on my list of social sites, but not any longer. It is time for me to embrace Google+ and give it some attention for content marketing and personal use.

What about you? What are your thoughts on Google+? Have you changed any opinions you have had on it? Are you using it, and if so, using it more now? Share your thoughts!