But, eventually, I did. I made the jump, and once I was in with both feet, I never looked back (I get paid extra by the cliche, you know...). It is true there was a learning curve. Not so much how to use it, or how to get around in it, but how to USE it. Effectively USE it to promote my sites, I mean.
Each social network is a different animal, and it responds to your methods differently. There are some underlying principles, it’s true, but still, they’re NOT the same, and if you treat them that way, you’re destined to fail.
So, today, I read an article about the ascendence of Google+, and my first thought was, “Oh, no, not again...” Now I’m going to have to work both Facebook AND Google+ for a while, and I’ll have to learn it and figure it all out. I wasn’t looking forward to it.
Still, I jumped in. I’ve had a Google+ account for a long time, I just haven’t been using it. I spent some time this afternoon tweaking my profile, finding some friends, and joining a few groups. I’m not being too active just yet, as I want to discover the lay of the land (more cliches) and watch for a bit first.
There are a few things I like, like the circles, and how easy it was to organize my friends into them. There are some similarities, like the posting feed. The more I read, the more I’m convinced that the secret to the future of SEO will be tied into how many +1’s you rack up, so the more I learn about it now, the better off I’ll be.
I don’t like splitting my time between many social networks. I don’t like posting the same thing, essentially, on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. I imagine there’s a lot of crossover in my audiences. For now, however, I don’t see any other way.
Some bonus thoughts:
1 - I thought it was really interesting that by a total saturation percentage, MySpace (such as it still is) actually beats out Pinterest!
2 - Google owns both Google+ AND YouTube, but added together, they're still just under Facebook!
Mark is currently in the curriculum Department of an internet and SEO training company.
Mark also has other sites and blogs, including Mark's Black Pot - Dutch Oven Recipes, MarkHansenMusic.com and his MoBoy blog.