For most of us, our social networking communities were randomly created – they developed organically as we learned new media.
Now you have thousands of followers on Twitter and hundreds of “friends” on Facebook that you have never met. It’s a fact we all know.
What if you could apply the learning you have acquired over the last several years and start fresh?
Google+ is Your Opportunity to Start Fresh
You will have this opportunity with Google+
Most of you reading this are not using Google’s red- hot social network because it is still by invitation only.
When you do get access, you will quickly realize that this incredibly flexible (and digitally fast) social network is your opportunity to better organize your friends, followers, fans, customers, associates, colleagues, and family better by avoiding the mistakes you have previously made while experimenting with other networks.
Why? Because your Google+ connections only know that they are in your Circles, which is the method used on Plus for organizing your connections.
They do not know if they are classified as a friend, follower, influencer, associate, or whatever. All they know is they are connected to you in some way.
Heck, they could even be people that you are pretending to be friends with until they pay you the money they owe you!
Google+ Effectively Emulates the Real World
We interact with folks in the real world for a variety of reasons. Some are industry colleagues that you may wish to share with on a business level, but wouldn’t necessarily want to invite over for dinner.
However, after getting to know and trust them better, you may wish to do exactly that.
This is how things operate in the real world. Life is about relationships and the process of building them takes time.
I have social media friends that I’ve never met face-to-face, or haven’t really interacted with sufficiently to develop that level of trust.
If and when I do get to know them better, I can easily add them to one of my circles where I share on a more personal level. This is one of the beautiful aspects of Google+.
Do you have friends that you no longer trust because they have somehow compromised the trust you have granted to them?
Now you get the idea. You can redefine your relationships privately without having to publicly block someone – as you would have to do on Facebook.
Have you been blocked on Facebook?
I’ll be honest, I was once blocked and it’s easy to take it personally. Though I have surmised it was due to my colleague’s desire to keep their network very personal – including only family members and just a few close friends.
No hard feelings within Google+ as this is all accomplished quietly – as it would be in the real world.
Google+ vs Facebook
It remains to be seen whether Google+ will replace Facebook, but thus far the predominantly tech crowd that dominates Plus believes it will.
Recently, my regular friends in the real world have been finding their way into Google+. As a result, I’m enthusiastically creating more circles to help me sort out my communications and sharing.
So, for example, I have created circles for my Green Industry Friends and for my Speaking Community.
The best way I can describe this is with the concept of an inside joke. It will make sense to a specific community, but is lost on everyone else.
Thus, when you do get access to Google+ you will want to define your circles wisely, using the experience you have now acquired from the other social networks.
Need an Invitation to Google+?
If you need an invitation to Google+ just leave a comment below and I’ll send you one . You don’t have to know me, like me, or even trust me.
Though maybe over time we can develop a relationship that incorporates all of those qualities.
I’m just here to help you. And I’m happy to do that whether we agree or disagree.
It’s all about sharing.
What do you think?
Note: Due to the ongoing requests for + invites and the necessary process for making them, I’ll be doing this on a daily basis – or something close to that.
Leave a comment below or share this with your social community on Facebook or Twitter. You may also wish to try the Google+1 button in the red bar at the bottom of your browser.
Until tomorrow, Jeff