BJ Emerson was kind enough to invite me to Google+. I have asked myself if I really need one more social media platform and the answer is a resounding YES! It allows me the opportunity to test the newest and shiniest social media tool.

As I did with Facebook and Twitter, I’m listening, reading and learning as much as I can. I’m tackling Google+ as I did with the other platforms by taking one step at a time and experimenting.

Here are a few posts that have helped me on this new venture:

  • Kristi Hines of Social Media Examiner wrote “How to Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide” (link here) This was very helpful to me as I set up my profile and circles.
  • Gini Dietrich posted “10 Things to Consider As You Move to Goggle+ (link here). Gini says, ” make sure one of your goals is to build your database. Don’t abuse it. Don’t spam people.” That seems easy enough so it’s now my number one goal with Google+.
  • Chris Brogan’s “The Google Plus 50″ (link here) I love that he asks the obvious: “Should I get in early, before anyone’s  there to bother with? If I don’t look at it for a year, will I lose ground?”
  • ReadWriteWeb posted an article written by Audrey Watters, “Google Plus: Is This the Social Tool Schools Have Been Waiting for?” (link here) This is particularly of interest for Computer Explorers as we support the education industry.
  • I’m still undecided if I should build a Google+ business page.  Jay Baer points out that smart businesses will focus on “how to be social and how to do social” in his post: “Why Google Has the Hammer To Make Businesses Use Google Plus” (link here)
Thanks to Jason Falls I now have my Google+ URL shortener, gplus.to/debce  and you can claim yours: http://gplus.to/
I will organize my day to explore and discover the possibilities of Google+ and share what I learn along the way. If you are a Google+ user please connect with me. I would love to add you to one of my circles!