Posts Tagged "G+"

I’m hanging out…

……fancy joining me? I’ve been thinking about how I can maximise my use of G+ to add further value and I’ve come up with a plan. From now on, whenever I publish a blog post that is likely to encourage some comments I’m going to suggest a Google Hangout a couple of days later to discuss it in more detail. The Hangout will be 15 mins max and will take place over a lunchtime – sandwiches and nibbles are of course welcome! My plan is to record the Hangout, post it to YouTube and then bring it back down to my blog to promote further discussion. In fact, why am I waiting for my next blog post? If you’ve read my recent “As Bananarama said” series and have a comment to make then why not log into G+ at 1230hrs on Tuesday 07th Feb 2012,¬†track me down¬†and let’s ‘hang out’? See you...

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I’m hanging out…..

……fancy joining me? I’ve been thinking about how I can maximise my use of G+ to add further value and I’ve come up with a plan. From now on, whenever I publish a blog post that is likely to encourage some comments I’m going to suggest a Google Hangout a couple of days later to discuss it in more detail. The Hangout will be 15 mins max and will take place over a lunchtime – sandwiches and nibbles are of course welcome! My plan is to record the Hangout, post it to YouTube and then bring it back down to my blog to promote further discussion. In fact, why am I waiting for my next blog post? If you’ve read my recent ‘Get your foot in the door’ series and have a comment to make, a question or perhaps want to suggest a ‘get your foot in the door’ app to others then why not log into G+ at 1230hrs on Monday 30th Jan 2012, track me down and join me whilst I ‘hang out’? See you...

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Guilt

So I’ve spent a week concentrating on G+ now and I’ve made a few observations. It’s much quieter in there than it is in Twitter. I’m not saying that’s a good or bad thing, it’s just quieter. I know that I can dip into G+ whenever I want and see some meaningful, useful (to me) threads of conversation without feeling like I’m going to be swept away by the Twitter Tidal Wave. Of course, that also has its downside including the fact that the vast majority of my network aren’t using G+, so I’m not able to keep track as to what they are up to and what they are talking about – – but hang on – one of my reasons for moving away from Twitter was that I didn’t feel it was adding value! So why this feeling of abandoning my network, when what I’ve actually insinuated is that ‘they’ weren’t adding value! But perhaps that feeling is retrospective? I’ve noticed that since I blogged about reducing my Twitter activity a number of long-time Twitter followers have unfollowed me (I’ve never tracked this before, but thought it might be interesting to do so given this change in the way I’m using Twitter). Now this in itself I don’t find surprising, as why would they follow somebody who has said they aren’t going to use Twitter as much? But I haven’t said that I’m not going to stop blogging, or sharing resources etc, just that I’m going to concentrate on another platform for now. A part of me assumed that those people would track me down on G+ and follow me in there, but that hasn’t happened. Which has got me wondering why? Is it the fact that what I’ve been blogging about or the conversations I’ve been having, people have found irrelevant to them or is it the fact that they don’t want or need to be involved in another social media platform? I’d like to think it’s the latter as that excludes me from any perceived ‘fault’, but to be honest I’m suspecting that it’s the former. Why? Well for one very good reason really and that’s the reason I guess that I found my Twitter network as a whole to be adding little value – ‘guilt’! There have been some people in my network that stopped adding the value that ‘I’ needed a long time ago, but I kept them in my network – why? – once again, guilt. I felt I’d got to know those people on a personal level, either via Twitter, face to face, other channels or in a lot of cases a whole raft of ways. Even though they weren’t adding value to my reasons for using Twitter, I kept them in my network out of a feeling of guilt and awkwardness if I unfollowed them. Is it wrong of me to think like this? Can an online network grow into something other than what you originally engaged with it? How do you then deal with that new ‘relationship’ once it’s non-intended use supersedes its original use? Image...

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Twitter to G+

So it’s been a whole weekend since I decided to step away from Twitter and concentrate my energies in G+. As with most reflective exercises, the first weekend has presented me with nothing that I didn’t already know, but it has brought them to the forefront of my mind.       Firstly, I feel that I have used Twitter for 3 purposes to date: The posting of links to my own online content The discussion of professional areas of interest Mindless, banal waffle (which rather interestingly was one of the contributing factors to me ‘going off’ Twitter – was I a part of the problem???) Whereas in comparison G+ had only ever (with a handful of exceptions) been used as a place to tout links to my blog. I hadn’t really looked at other peoples content I hadn’t gone out of my way to seek out and follow new people I hadn’t engaged in any conversations. This realisation has confirmed that my decision to engage with G+ on a deeper level has been the right one, in fact my plan (at the moment) is to completely transform my usage of the 2, so I’ll still be posting blog links etc to Twitter but expect to see less conversation and waffle (I can hear the sighs of relief from some of you now) instead if you want to engage in that, then why not head over to G+ and say Hi…. Photo...

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A change is as good as a rest

For some time now, I have been reflecting upon my use of Twitter. Over recent months I have found my Twitter stream to contain little, if anything of true value to me personally. It’s either been stuff that I ‘get‘, stuff that I’m not interested in or RTs of other peoples stuff (again, that I already ‘get’ or that I’m not interested in). I’ve also noticed that the way I have been accessing Twitter has most definetly fallen into the ‘from a mobile device’ category – even when I’m sat in front of a PC! (I guess that as I am ‘mobile’ myself a lot nowadays, this has helped to form the habit)   Given: the fact that I access Twitter a LOT from my mobile devices my perception that I haven’t been getting a lot from it recently that I’ve had a G+ account from Day 1, but have never really ‘dug into it’ I decided to uninstall Twitter from my mobile devices and use that same habit and time to concentrate on Google +. Uninstalling Twitter from my mobile devices. Focusing on G+ from now on. Tatty-bye19/01/2012 20:03 via Osfoora HDReplyRetweetFavorite@CraigTaylor74Craig Taylor What I hadn’t counted on was the response from some members of my network in response to this. Some people genuinely asked “why“, others jokingly said I’d ‘be back‘, one accused me of Social Media snobbery and others sent quite ……. ‘colourful‘ DMs; which depending on what mood I’m in over the coming weeks I might just embed in a follow-up blog post….. (that’ll teach ya!) Now it’s not that some people responded in the way they did that I am puzzled by (only last week I sent a tweet that some people considered a personal attack, so I’m not overly guarded myself as to how I use Twitter) it’s more the issue that my decision to uninstall Twitter from my mobile devices (I never said that I was stepping away from Twitter, or closing my account, just that I was uninstalling it from my mobile devices to focus on G+) should have generated such a feeling on animosity from certain tweeps. Anyway for those of you who do feel that my decision to concentrate on G+ has in some way had a deep impact upon your lives I just want to be absolutely clear that I am still using Twitter but for the time being only from my PC I still have several auto-posts set up from various sources to Twitter I may well return to tweeting from my mobile devices once I have had time to concentrate on G+ but it will be a decision that I will make, in my own time and for my own reasons. Now why not get yourself across to G+ and have a play… Image...

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