You probably know them: people who trot out an excuse for not adopting Google+. I’ve been collecting them (the excuses, not the people).
“Oh my, what’s this talk about Circles?”
“I’m happy with Facebook.”
“Isn’t that place a ghost town?”
The reasons are legion. But all easily answered with this short guide.
- Start simple. Create one Circle–and put everyone in it. You can segment later.
- Starting a Hangout (also known as the skype killer) is stupid easy. Push one button. Done.
- You can reply to posts and comments INSIDE Gmail.
- You can sign in to apps and websites with your Google+ account.
- Join an interesting Community if you want that feeling of connection quickly. However …
- It’s your fault if Google+ feels like a ghost town. Just ask +Chris Brogan.
- You can even edit your posts. Endlessly.
- You can format your posts, too. Italics, bold, strikeout. Here’s how.
- And, yes, there is no character limit. Write all day, Hemingway.
- Did I mention you won’t get bombarded with invitations to play games or share your birthday? Yeah. That’s what I thought.
Here are 6 more from fellow Google+ user Jodi Kaplan.
- When it is your birthday, you get a special surprise.
- You can hang out with astronauts.
- What’s Hot is now tailored to your preferences! Science yes, Britney Spears no.
- No ads.
- Conversations that matter (about art, censorship, space exploration, marketing, politics, and OK, the occasional cat pic).
- Did I mention the astronauts?
Bonus reason: all the cool kids are on Google+. That’s a joke. I’m a nerd. So plus me.
Image source: José Luis Guerrero