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If You Seek Interacting with Followers, Pick Google Plus

February 3rd, 2012 | Link-Assistant.Com | Posted in category Blogging Google Plus GuestBox Social Media

Google Plus Interaction

guest post by Ann Smarty

When it comes to basic social networking on a totally personal level, there are three real contenders that are fighting for dominance over the market. At the top of the tier is Facebook, the current victor, if by a short distance. Next is Twitter, which has become wildly popular, especially for celebrities who enjoy quick updates and access to fans. Last, we have Google +. As the new kid on the block, it is still gaining traction as it begins to establish loyal followers who have made the switch from the other two.

But when it comes to generating comments and having general user interaction, which of the three is the most beneficial? Tradition over the last few years has taught us Twitter, right? Actually, it turns out that Google+ might be becoming a valid (and surprising) bit of fierce competition in that regard.

Google+ To Reach Out

I would have honestly never expected Google's social media platform to take off as it has, much less to gain as much momentum as it is. The company has tried their hand at the social networking game many times (remember Wave?), and usually with disastrous results. Yet, Google+ seems to be here to stay, and is not mentioned when thinking of the top profile sites on the web.

As huge as Google is, its social media product was surprisingly launched incomplete in features, full of bugs and controversial policies. It was almost instantly called a fail for a good number of reasons.

The question is, how does it really fare as a way of reaching out to readers and potentially marketing a product, service or person? User interaction is an important part of any social marketing efforts, which is simple with Twitter and Facebook.

Actually, a lot of people have been reporting greater results. Simply because they are getting more comments per smaller number of followers through Google+. For example, they will have 20,000 fewer followers on Twitter than in their Google circle, but will still get 10 or 20 more replies to a post than from a tweet.

This might not seem like a huge deal, given the small flux in posts. But when placed against the number of readers it shows a significant trend that might be an indicator of things to come. Specifically that while there are not as many people on Google+, they might be more willing to interact than on Twitter.

Why Is This?

Google Plus circlesclesThe reason is impossible to say for sure. But if I had to guess, I would say it is because of the more exclusive nature of Google+. There are fewer companies or official profiles to follow, and so the updates aren't lost in the stream of information. Or perhaps they just have less to distract and so pay enough attention to warrant a response.

Besides, Google Plus makes it easy to filter your stream to get more relevant updates from friends.

Tips!

Whether you believe in Google Plus or still doubt its future, it may be a smart move to embrace it right now for the simple reason: it is easier and more effective to interact with the following.

  • Create the Google Plus page for your business right now (it's predicted to be huge!)
  • Whenever you plus a page using the Google Plus button, make sure to comment. Unlike Facebook where your "like" always goes to your feed, your Google Plus page will be updated only with the commented vote
  • Make sure to filter your stream by "circles" to get updates from friends you have different relation to
  • Make sure to tag people you mention: this way they will be notified by email of your update. Use + and start typing the name. Always thank those who tag you in updates:

Google Plus - interatcion

Conclusion

Both Twitter and Google+ are valuable tools, and anyone who has the slightest bit of experience in today's online marketing world will not be surprised by this fact. What might come as a shock, however, is just how relevant Google's networking platform might actually be.

What are your thoughts on the Twitter VS Google+ debate? Let us know in the comments.

About the author

Ann Smarty is a social media enthusiast and blogger. She is the owner of My Blog Guest, the free community matching guest authors with blog owners. Ann is also moderator of My SEO Community, the new site aiming to bring you the top-notch SEO and social media content daily. If you are into SEO and love networking, join MySEOCommunity.com



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  • http://myseocommunity.com/ Gerald Weber

    Ann,

    When Google first announced G+ I was too skeptical. I was thinking to myself oh Gawd! Another Google social experiments *phew* just what the world needs.

    I mean they flopped so badly on Google Buzz and Google wave.

    Despite the fact that they basically copied Facebook I still think may have a winner with Google+ especially with the + button and knowing that this is going to most likely be HUGE for the future of SEO.

    My biggest issue however is making time to fit all of these platforms in. But it's surely going to be worth the investment in time in the long run.

    Ann Smarty Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

    That's what I feel as well. I wish I had at least 5 extra hours in a day!

  • http://www.ictblogging.com/ Raja Ram Paneru

    Another good news for the lover of social networking sites. Thank you very much for this post.

    Ann Smarty Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.markmolina.com/ Easy Home Business

    Google + I think has a lot of potential for online businesses that has still yet to even be explored.  Entrepreneur magazine did a whole article on how to utilize it for business last month and uncovered many interesting features I had not even thought about yet.

  • http://buycirclesfollowers.com/ google followers

    The google plus 1 imparts two benefits to you. For the first position it raises your position position. Every individual who trips your web site presses on The google plus option to election if he discovers your articles according to his flavor. It outcomes in improving your reputation and improve in traffic.

  • http://myseocommunity.com/ Gerald Weber

    "
    While Fb started with students and teenagers, G+'s core are still innovators among IT and marketing professionals."

    And that is what makes G+ a bit more appealing to me than Facebook. Although I have everyone and their dog following me on Facebook I'm not incredibly active there. I'm much more active in Twitter and other social platforms.

  • http://twitter.com/seosmarty Ann Smarty

    I didn't feel it was going to last when G+ was launched - simply because I was tired of watching Google's miserable attempts to enter social media. But seeing how aggressive and persistent they are this time, it looks like they are going to make it