Google plus – Have you tried the new shiny Google+? It is one tantalizing social network that’s keeping a great percent of the social crowd engaged. It is great for bloggers in many ways.
I must admit that I have got addicted. I played around it totally for about 2 full days (I mean doing nothing else) and found out some nice how-tos to share with my readers.
Why is the mass and myself jumping around about Google plus? It is all about how Google+ has differentiated it from Facebook. The difference is in terms of privacy, clean environment, easy of use, less clutter and more control. For the same reason many are thinking about dumping Facebook for Google plus.
However as with any social network or any service (within few days of launch) Google plus also has some drawbacks, or I would call them “lack” of certain features.
OK even though Google+ is “known” for being less annoying, people can still make it annoying enough for you to hate it (just as they did with Facebook). The only difference with people being here at Google+ and at Facebook is that, Google+ doesn’t have features that “encourage” such annoyances.
However, I can start to smell that stuff. Not all people are annoying at all times but some people are annoying at all times.
While you and me are now talking about the people who annoy us in Google+ and other social networks, for some person in the webosphere some of our activity may be annoying in Google+. Yeah, sometimes people may annoy others unknowingly too.
Be it for known or unknown reasons, irritating others in social media and networks will gravely injure our reputation. Since Google+ is new, shiny and known for being less annoying, I really want to put this message out. I don’t want it to become any nearer to Facebook.
Let me tell you some basic things that ought to be avoided in order to be less annoying in Google+.
Nowhere is safe from SPAM:
No place online is free from spam. Spam takes different forms at different contexts and times. So with the Google+ “mania” that’s up now, I am pretty much sure that there will be spam here too in some form (or there it is already!).
Now, I am not asking you to start a protest against spam in Google+. But you can do your bit to keep Google+ clean and also make it a point that you don’t annoy your friends or make their stay unpleasant in Google plus.
- Curiosity not only kills the cat, but also its friends. So if you are curious to share a lucrative link, make sure it is safe to do so.
- Don’t overpopulate your friends’ streams by sharing too much. Share periodically and usefully.
- Report any form of SPAM to Google. Or at least alert your friends about it.
Bullying & Harassing:
Social media are like open platforms for bullying and harassing others. Even though there could be privacy policies with social media sites, it is really hard to decide which kind of bullying “fits in” to be accused of.
Some people have this as a hobby and merely join social sites to do this. While we can identify these kind of people somehow, it is hard to take bullies and harassment from decent people who claim to run online business. I have already sensed a couple of those myself.
By all means, make sure “your friend” or the person you are communicating with is happy with what you are sharing with him/her. If you are not sure, then please don’t share stuff.
- Don’t add someone to your circle (so that they will add you) and send out a dating request. Unless you know the other person already, or if he/she has the same feelings (as you know of), if you do this you are seriously annoying the person.
- Avoid usage of slangs and profane language if you have to disagree with someone.
- Don’t share questionable videos, photos or links unless the person is your friend and you know well that he/she likes that kind of stuff!
If your mission on Google+ is for promotion or selling, then your ultimate strategy should be soft selling. Don’t punch on people’s faces with your products/services and updates. You will only annoy people but won’t make a sale for sure.
Don’t share everything:
You may find hundreds (or thousands) of things interesting, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that your friends will also be interested in those stuff.
Before you press the share button, make sure you are selecting the right circle/person. And ask to yourself if you really need to share it.
Don’t tag everyone:
Tagging people with +username is an awesome feature to get people involved in discussions. It is pretty much the same as Facebook tagging. So it is really sad that people have started using the tags just as they were using it on Facebook.
Irrelevant taggging, is what I talk about. I get about a handful of notifications everyday that someone has tagged me. When I eagerly visit the post to see what it is, it really annoys me.
They share a photograph of their pet and tag 30 people’s name to that. Gosh!
You know, everyone who has joined Google+ love it for the sake of its simplicity and much less spam. Especially the absence of game requests and friendship requests.
But with the rise of annoyances it seems that Google+ may also be corrupted soon. Please do your bit to keep it clean. And, don’t miss the Facebook humor!