Google Plus circles are a convenient way to keep track of people centered around a common theme. I have always found Twitter lists to be very useful. Unlike Twitter lists Google Plus circles cannot be subscribed to and they cannot be used to focus on a “stream” that is just from one circle. However, by sharing the circle with the members of that circle and providing updates to the circle to be absorbed, it would appear that individuals with a common interest can keep track of each other.
Over the years since Mack Collier introduced the very popular BlogChat Twitter chat (written #BlogChat) members have enjoyed communicating with each other every Sunday night at 9PM EST. If you have not yet participated in BlogChat here are my tips to make your Twitter chat more enjoyable.
One of the topics that has come up more than once is that bloggers really should take advantage of Google Plus.
What are some advantages?
Google Plus is:
– a source of ideas and information for blogs
– a place to build your author authority with Google
– a place to meet people who are more likely to use the +1 button on your blog
In September 2011, Google folded Zagat into Google Plus. Now they have bought Frommers and are bringing that scoring into Google Plus. Certainly people in the hospitality industry cannot ignore Google Plus!
During BlogChat on Sunday, August 19, I introduced the idea of creating circles on Google Plus of interested bloggers so that we could find each other there as well as support each other on Google Plus.
The objective of the BlogBuddies Shared Circles is to enhance the Google Plus experience of their members.
While the members of the circle are also on BlogChat, it is not an “official” BlogChat endeavor, so I am referring to the circles as BlogBuddies Google Plus circles. Official BlogChat activities will be run by Mack Collier, the creator and owner of BlogChat. Mack has kindly agreed to be an honorary member of this circle.
We are looking for the following:
You should be active on Google Plus.
What does that mean?
Our definition is that you have posted on Google Plus in the past one week.
You should have a plus one (+1) tab on your Google Plus with some plus ones you have given to blog posts.
How To Ensure That Your Google Plus +1 Tab is Visible Visitors
Here is an example of what a +1 tab looks like:
If you look at your Google Plus page from another browser, you may find that you are actually using the +1 tab but the tab and its contents are not visible to visitors to your Google Plus profile. Here is how to make your +1 tab and contents visible
If you want to get plus one’s on your blog, you should be sure to install a plug-in that allows visitors to hit plus one on each post. When you are using these bookmarks, note that you will hava a choice to just hit the +1 to pull it to the +1 tab on your Google Plus profile or you can actually post that link on your Google Plus posts wall as a “share what’s new” post. If you post it to your wall, I strongly suggest that you add a comment to introduce it.
How To Turn Up the Volume on a Google Plus Circle
The slider is on the Home Page. Pull down the “more” for the full list of your circles. To get the slider to show up, you need to click on one circle. Click on the circle name of your choice and move the slider to the right to make sure you don’t miss posts from that group. Setting the slider all the way to the right means that you will get notifications and emails. But if you change your settings to get no emails from Google Plus then you will just get notifications. To change your email settings, go to the gear on your profile, the settings page and scroll to the bottom where the email notifications are. If you find that one or more members post too frequently for you to absorb, just create a second circle and set that listening to a manageable amount for yourself.
If You Are Interested
If you think you might be interested, please put the following information into a comment, or if you prefer, plaease send me a message with the same information through the contact tab on this site and I will be happy to send you additional information.
For listing your Google+ address, I recommend going to gplus.to to pick up a nickname for yourself. It will look like this: gplus.to/LindaSherman
When I talk about our circles on Twitter, I will refer to them as #BlogBuddies. Note that the hash for Google Plus is #GooglePlus. #SharedCircles is also an important hash reference.
The overall Google Plus Circle of BlogChat participants active on Google Plus that I had found up to mid-September, was introduced September 16 on Google Plus. This link is the September 30 update.
The overall Google Plus Circle of BlogChat participants active on GPlus as of April 14, 2013. Tonight (Apr 14) on BlogChat we are discussing using Facebook and Twitter to promote your blog and I want to remind us that GooglePlus is important for bloggers. I explain more about why bloggers should be on GooglePlus here: What You Are Missing on GooglePlus.