I have been on a fantastic vacation, and I just got back home. What I seem to have missed entirely, is all the amazing things that’s been happening with Google+, even though I have been walking 30 minutes to be online. I received an inivation to Google+ early on, but because I left for the vacation, I just didn’t get the chance to really test it as much as I wanted to.
Very important part of social media
Now that I’m back home, and I have spent some time looking at the features (but not nearly enough). I can say that the most important part, so far, is how easy it is to tag and filter all messages (and status updates). I actually believe that this is the most important part of social media. We need to know who we are talking to, then, only then, should we share.
Looking at Google+, it seems that it’s a lot easier than to tag and filter messages on Facebook.
The difference between tag and filter
When you tag people in a message, it’s to let them know that the message is about them. You can also tag people in order to let other people know who the message is about, that’s because the tag will be a link to the person (her profile).
When you filter, you decide who should be able to see your messages.
How to tag people in Google+
You tag people in Google+ by adding the @ symbol and then the name of the person. Whenever you add the @ symbol and start writing, you’ll see a list of names that you can tag. You can add the tag in the beginning of the message, at the end or inbetween.
Just enter the first letters of the person you want to tag after the @ symbol.
And, remember, you can add the tag wherever you want inside the message:
How to filter messages in Google+
When you want to filter your messages in Google+, you need to create circles of people.
First, find your circles and all the people you follow:
Then, add people to the circles you have created, or create new circles. Drag and drop.
When you have done this, you need to add the circles to your messages in order to only let the “right” people see what you’ve published.
You can add one circle, or more. By the way, the person you have tagged will automatically be added to the messages, and you can’t remove her, we will all be able to watch the messages we are tagged in.
If you use public, the message will be available for everybody.
If you add extended circles, your message will be available to everyone in your circles, plus all the people in their circles. If you use this, you will reach more people, but it will still be limited to a specific group of people.
The reason why you should go public
So far, I can see that there are two reasons why you should consider some messages to be public.
If you use public, the message will probably reach more people, and you can get more followers (people that add you to their circles).
I have just started to use Google+, but I really enjoy the way I can tag and filter the messages. I have sent many messages to one person, and to small circles of friends with onle a few members.
Do you use both tags and filters (advanced circles), or do you mostly use public?