This week has been quite interesting on Google Plus. Being a big supporter of shared circles on Google Plus means that occasionally you have to deal with circle share haters. The circle share haters tend to be a mixed bag of long time SEO, Marketing and Social Media business folks. I have no problem with their opinions. Hell, I have some strong opinions about topics also. The great thing about Google Plus circle share haters is that their rules are self defined and not rules set by Google itself. You see circles shares have been part of Google Plus since day one. Many of these critics happen to have benefited greatly from these circle shares. My dumb ass did not participate in circle shares until I had been involved with the platform for almost a year then I took a break again for about 9 months. What was I thinking? In 2013 I really started to take circle shares on Google Plus serious and have quickly added 30,000 followers. My stats, shown below, blew my mind this year! Google Plus has really helped me find my voice. My wife Anabell Hilarski will continue to dominate Google Plus in #Panama for many years to come.
How I manage #Circleshares-
- Open Circle and delete the accounts you do not want to add, then add the circle.
- Share only if you really want to.
- Thank the circle sharer in the comments.
- Plus One the circle share.
- If you choose not to add the circle that is fine, no one is going to be upset.
- If for some reason you are spammed by a user, immediately uncircle.
- Use Circloscope to keep your circles tidy.
- Rinse and repeat.
So that is how I manage my circles. Circle shares are a valuable part of growing a follower base on Google Plus. This is only one technique to use on Google Plus to grow engagement. There are so many options, that is why I spend 90% of my social media platform time on Google Plus. Circle share haters are just a part of a growing Google Plus community. There are those who would like to set rules, problem is that I am a happy Anarchist! I can tell it is a New Year! There were so many circle shares this week. This week Shawn Manaher reclaimed the top spot with his circle #CoreMultipliers. We saw an icon of social media Dubie Bacino enter the circle share competition! Michael Q Todd called it when he said, “you will see the big players coming over to Google Plus in 2014”.
Here are my guidelines-