Google Plus Gold Rush

The gold rush is on. There is a new wild west and it is the land of Google +.

I have written, at length, on how picky I am about whom I let follow me on Twitter.  I block about 50% of the people who try to follow me, because, they are not serious in wanting to connect with me.  They just want a big follower count.  If I have said it once, I have said it 853 times; huge follow counts just don’t matter.


Follower/Circled Count

So today I woke up and found that my ‘people who’ve added you’ (to circles) was up to 42. Woot!  I love it!  There was a little dance (with a nod to Snoopy) and I felt a great sense of ‘Follower’ pride.  I have 1609 followers on Twitter and don’t celebrate with each additional 100, because I know it isn’t the quantity, but the quality.  So why am I so different on G+?

Because this is the absolute bleeding edge of this new platform and one can feel confident that only the most hardened Social Media nut jobs (read geeks [read me]) are swimming around this new pond.  On Twitter I don’t follow tons of random people, hoping they will follow back, because I would rather pick people carefully, based upon mutual interests.  Right now though, everyone on G+ has one major thing in common, we all love SM.  So I can go over to Gini Dietrich’s list of people she has ‘Circled’ as being a good group to follow.  In fact, I followed all 35 people she has ‘Circled’.  I’m confident that every single person is someone, whose content I will enjoy.

And that is the issue right now.  We are easily 3 years away from G+ reaching the tipping point, heck it has been around a week, so why am I so panicked to get followers?  I don’t know, nor can I explain why I am so happy to have my numbers going up this quickly.  I guess it is just a golden time, where one can amass a ton of new connections, with confidence that almost all of them are worthwhile.

It’s Still Social

Still, once the amassing is done, it will mean zilch if I don’t then try to get to know my new friends.  That is what social media is all about, being social with one another.  It scares me a bit, because this is one additional time commitment.  Twitter is up on one monitor 24/7 and I keep one eye on it whenever I’m at my computer. Will I need to devote an entire monitor to G+?  Maybe.  Perhaps G+ will be the excuse I need to add a 4th monitor to the computer? (I have given up on ever finding a super model who likes short, balding, nerdiness, so I have turned my affections towards the super computer.)  Honestly, I can’t imagine trying to juggle all that is going on, with less than 3 monitors.

Since I started playing on G+ about 4 hours ago, I have been added to another 52 circles.  It is the classic ‘Follow & Follow’ game, which I hate, and yet here I am adding people until my fingers bleed.  It is likely that in a few months, I’ll be railing on the practice.  So I am stuck with this dilemma, how long do I behave in a hypocritical fashion?

I don’t know, but I do know this…Google + is likely to be a force in SM, and there will never be a time in the future, where it will be so easy to find interesting people who share the same love this stuff.  So I best load up, before the spammers get here.

I just hope Gini circles me as one of the cool kids.

9 comments
NancyD68
NancyD68

I have been losing sleep because @ginidietrich has not added me yet. I think my hair may start falling out too.I just want to be with the cool kids!

I have a group of followers that I don't know so I put them together in one circle and labeled it "Nice People Who Drink Too Much Coffee"

I also have a circle called "Fans of Bacon" since I want to keep my bacon related comments in one spot.

It really is quite a lot of fun, and I am following very interesting people and seeing great content. I think it is a keeper.

BobbyClubbs
BobbyClubbs

You make a lot of great points in this post. Since I was such a "late bloomer" on Twitter, I feel like I've learned all of the lessons you describe here in the past month or so. I thought that having lots of followers would automatically mean I'd be truly connected, but I have found that it's just a numbers game. I'm still trying to decide exactly what to do with Google+ since I don't have a lot of hard-core social media insider friends. The number of people I actually know on there is pretty low. Since I'm only now using Twitter to branch out and try to connect with some new people, maybe I should adopt that strategy on Google+. Who knows. Thanks for your insigh!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

It's kind of a hard thing. I have a ton more people than I know who've added me to circles and I don't really know what to do with them. So they're just sitting there. The people I've added (and now you have too) are people I either work with or know in real life. It's my early days of Facebook philosophy. There is part of me that wants to shove the people I don't know, who've added me to circles, to one circle called People I Don't Know, But Feel Guilty Blocking.

billy.wichterman
billy.wichterman

I often wonder what circles people put me in. When there's someone new, who I've never socialized with before Google+, I have a "Found Me on G+" circle. As I learn more about them, I add them to category circles, too. For instance, I have a PHILLIES circle, a MUSIC circle and a FILM circle based on occupation and twitter content.

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@BobbyClubbs Don't feel like you are arriving too late to the party, Twitter is still not to the 'Tipping Point' yet. If you ask 10 people on the street if they are on Twitter, 9 or more of them will say no. If you ask 100 people if they have email, there will still be 3 or 4 who don't. You are still on the cutting edge and like anything, it just takes time to get the hang of how it all works.

You are doing fine.

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@ginidietrich I still use FB the way you do. It just makes sense to me, but G+ feels more like Twitter, with the good parts of FB thrown in. So I created a 'Follow" circle where I put most people. I have a total of 10 circles though and some people are in more than one.

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@billy.wichterman I have a circle called 'Followers' and then others for more specific groups, my 'Beta Readers' circle, 'Family', 'Bloggers', 'GEICO Friends' (people I used to work with), 'SL Friends' (friends from Second Life). I like being able to segment.