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Off With My Head on Google Plus!

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Another post that will qualify for the Laziest Blogger of All Time Award………

Several people forgot my birthday. I’m not mad about it. But, when a couple of them mentioned it to me, they blamed Facebook for not reminding them. (Incidentally, I removed my birthday from every public service several months ago when I got the word that my social security number was stolen in the hack on the idiotic State Government of South Carolina. But, that is another story for a day when I don’t feel fuzzy.)

Rather than getting on my soapbox about Facebook, click here to read my last post about their sneaky use of Android devices.

Just wait until April, when Facebook rolls out video advertising in the timeline. I rarely go on Facebook now, but I may never log on again when unstoppable video ads automatically start rolling.

A few of you know where to find me regularly: Google+. Rather than continue to whine about how useless and spammy Facebook has become, I’ve thrown myself whole-hog into Google+.

Yes, with mostly a bunch of strangers. But they’re fun, interesting strangers who are becoming my friends.

Here’s why I don’t think an investment in Google+ will ultimately give people the spam-infested, over-sharing, ranting and raving drama of Facebook:

  1. Google already makes tons and tons and tons of money. They don’t need Google+ to be profitable to succeed. Therefore, they do not need to monetize your newsfeed with ads, sponsored stories, videos and spammy horse pucky. (Pucky is a word in my world.)
  2. Plusians are rabid about protecting the community. When people log on and do nothing but sell, they are relegated to the hinterlands. Or, taken to the woodshed very publicly.
  3. On Google+, I see EXACTLY what I want. Google does not decide what stories I see in my newsfeed (like Facebook does.) I have 100% control. I don’t have to worry about missing big news from a friend or sticking my foot in my mouth.
  4. Google+ does not require me to pay for a single thing. If I want a group to see a story, I simply send it to them. No “pay $10 to promote this post.” No “make a bunch of meaningless lists so we can know who your real friends are.” No requirement to interact with those people to see their stories.
  5. Google has been around a while. It isn’t new. It has proven its mettle. That doesn’t mean it cannot fail, but it has a greater shot at longevity than a new-ish company with a heaping IPO burden and NO proven revenue model.

Plus, if you are a blogger, it is imperative that you create a Google+ account today. Google has established a system of author ranking that lets bloggers claim public authorship of their blogs. It indexes that work, preventing plagiarism and giving a blogger a higher possible rank in Google searches. Without a Google+ account, bloggers will see their search engine hits fall. Here is a link to an article that explains how to claim authorship of your blog:

And, click here to circle me on Google+.

Now, if only I could figure out how to get the new Google+ iPad update to not chop off my head, I think my day would be complete. Or, maybe I should revel in my butt shot. (Click the link, Carnell. There are butt shots.)google plus profile, google+ profile, google plus authorship, social networking

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  1. I steer clear of both Facebook and Google+ – being chatty is not suitable for a grumpy old man:)

    March 28, 2013
  2. I think you need to give me lessons on how to use Google+ better. It’s a little more challenging to navigate then FB (although I agree that its better I’m just not comfortable there yet).

    March 28, 2013
    • This could be a separate post, but I’m going to try to answer it in a comment.

      1. Use circles. I have ones called friends, husband, acquaintances, people I’m following who might end up in friends, writing peeps (really awesome; I should share that one), grow g+ network (more about that one in number 2).
      2. When someone recommends a circle, check out that circle. I never add an entire circle, but I go through it and add people who seem like people I might want to know. They go in my grow g+ network circle.
      3. Grow G+ is the only circle I regularly cull through.
      4. Do not add anyone who doesn’t have a profile picture. They aren’t using the service enough.
      5. Comment. I +1 a lot of things, but I make the best connections through commenting. You can look through the comments on my page for an idea of who comments. If you circle them, tell them I sent you. They’re almost all men, but more men are on G+. Most of them aren’t creepy. :)
      6. Share stories you find interesting. This isn’t a good week to use me as an example, because I feel like I have become an electronic hermit, but I try to share posts from others every day.

      That’s a very short list, but I hope it helps you and anyone else who’s interested.

      March 28, 2013
      • Great answers. Thanks. I do have circles but I’m not using them well. I will be following you around on the G+ universe for a while until I get a hang of it.

        March 28, 2013
  3. You are going to make everyone think very bad of me. That I never click on links. That I only look for butt shots. Etc. Whether it is true or not doesn’t matter! And why isn’t someone here defending me? Cameron? Lou? MTM? Keneth? Anyone?

    Crap. Let me go click on the link. And follow me on Google+ at

    March 28, 2013
    • James Moffitt #


      March 28, 2013
    • MTM found the link to the butt shots. How do you suppose he found it??? :)

      Carnell is an exceptional person to circle on Google+.

      March 28, 2013
    • Consider yourself somewhat defended, although you most certainly are guilty of all things under the sun…we shall defend to the 7th Circle of G+ your right to be the Evil Cyber Ninja, insert evil Austin Powers laugh here.

      March 28, 2013
      • Thank you Lou!

        And please notice that Andra has said that MTM, not me!, found the butt shot compilation. Please remember that folks!!

        March 29, 2013
  4. tarakianwarrior #

    I agree with Lisa. I need a lesson in navigating. I go there and I swear my eyes get big and I just stare at the dang page…

    Carnell, I love butt shots. I have a calendar of butts only (men’s butts though, not women’s butts). :) I’ve always preferred men walking away…hahahaha, see what I mean Andra? I crack myself up.

    March 28, 2013
    • Haha. You crack me up, too.

      I put a short list of tips in my comment to Lisa above. Happy to answer any other questions.

      March 28, 2013
      • “Crack” you up? Butt shots? Pun … intended?

        March 29, 2013
  5. Andra, I’ll give you a big old + for this. I also think that the future demise of the Google Reader is going to force more of us to use Google + to find what we want to read so it’s probably time to check in there more often.

    March 28, 2013
    • I’m just going to make a circle for the bloggers I followed on Reader. In a way, I think that will be more productive, because I was missing posts and getting unsubscribed from blogs on Reader, and I could never figure out why.

      March 28, 2013
  6. I think I’m getting there, Andra. (And, by the way, I hope I didn’t forget your birthday… I can’t remember whether I did or not (or if I actually know it, come to think of it… hmmm…), but if I did, Happy Birthday; and if I didn’t, Happy Birthday again!). Anyway, back to getting there. I’ve created a Google Plus account, but not being very social media savvy I’m at a loss as to what to do next. As I’ve said, I think I’m getting there… and I will, one day.

    March 28, 2013
    • If you circle me, Tom, I’ll talk to you over there. And Carnell will. We’re both on there every day.

      And, thank you for the birthday wishes.

      March 28, 2013
      • OK, Andra… I think you’re added. I think I’m added. I have a new name, by the way… I shall return later… too… much… technologologlog…

        March 28, 2013
    • Did you have to change your name to go on there? I know they are making everyone use real names. I saw your add and added you back.

      March 28, 2013
      • Thanks for that, Andra. I’ll get the hang of things soon, I’m sure!!!
        They didn’t make me change my name, but said that my name needed to be the same as the one on the site I was linking to, so I decided to go with my writing name rather than my blogging one…

        March 28, 2013
  7. Yeah, I like it OK. But, much like Twitter, I’m not on it ever. I only have the energy for one at a time. Once it inevitably defeats FB and the majority of my peeps migrate, I’ll spend more time there. But don’t kid yourself. Look at how spammy youtube is. G+ will get there. Money is a siren song. It’s just better for now while it tries to get people away from facebook. It’s the oldest trick in the book. New guy with identical product comes along, makes it seem better by selling it cheaper, then jacks the price up when the old one loses steam. (Which is what, for the record, Facebook itself did when it upstaged MySpace.) I’m a huge cynic. I love social media. I use it to connect with people, and I would miss it. I won’t pay for it, because those fuckers DO make a metric shit-ton on their ads. But I know it requires me to be prepared to put up with some of their bullshit and move at the right time. The right time for G+ is coming, and sooner rather than later. But it comes with its own bullshit (like the whole join-or-we-shan’t-rank-your-blog-as-highly thing).

    March 28, 2013
    • I’m sure you’re right.

      On the plus side, there are a TON of users of Google+ who are computer folks who regularly lecture Google on not messing this up for us. It’s also great how protective people are of the experience. A couple of weeks ago, a new ‘social media guru’ got on Google+ and started trying to sell her skills, and MY GOD was she ripped to shreds. Everybody was like, “Oh no you don’t. You’re not going to come here, not interact with anyone, and pull that Facebook bullshit in our community. We won’t stand for it.” Etc. Etc. Etc. It was amazing.

      March 28, 2013
  8. aboccucci #

    You know I love me some Facebook, but I’m trying to adjust to Google+ too. I may need tutoring as well :)

    March 28, 2013
    • I put a short list of tips in my response to Lisa above. I hope you had a lovely birthday. I am bringing your hooch to lunch with me next week.

      March 28, 2013
  9. Well you know where I am on this one! heh

    March 28, 2013
    • I really, REALLY wish I could quit FB like you did. REALLY REALLY.

      March 28, 2013
      • I already didn’t want to be using it, I only turned it back on back in the day for Krista otherwise I would have been off of it for a long time now

        March 28, 2013
  10. Andra, i am with you on the whole G+ thing. And there are lots of tutorials from many G+ users on how to set up your account, and how to create circles. They (just as Facebook and other services) allow you to import your contacts and match up with the ones who are on G+ and then create circles. And for every post (those of you who said FB is your place) you are asked with whom you want to share your post. I have circles for business contacts, friends, acquaintances, media contacts, and “People I don’t Know” –which is my equivalent to Andra’s circle…and yes, I love the way G+ rips to shreds those who are overt with the selling BS.

    March 28, 2013
    • I still don’t have the new timeline on Facebook, but from everything I’ve heard and seen, it is a ripoff of Google+.

      March 28, 2013
      • It is, just still more spammy. I do have it and I like that messages are all in one column (just as in G+). Otherwise, meh.

        March 28, 2013
      • I guess that I don’t have it yet shows just how much I’ve cooled on Facebook. I used to be one of the first people to get any new thing on there.

        March 28, 2013
  11. The Good Luck Duck #

    Andra, I started (half-heartedly) using G+ on your say-so. I’ll start figuring out how to do that better now. Thanks for the linkies!

    March 28, 2013
    • I always try to +1 your posts, Roxanne. I’m probably better with that on G+ than I am on Facebook these days.

      March 28, 2013
  12. Ok G+ Maven. Because a long long time ago in a galaxy… I started two G+ accounts. The one I actually occasionally use is not the QH one. It is true I only got an hour of sleep last night but I can’t figure out how to link the blog with my real G+. Thoughts? Thanks

    March 28, 2013
    • Here’s a good post that I *think* will answer those questions, Robert.

      Let me know if it doesn’t work. has plug-ins for Google+, but I haven’t seen .com put those out yet.

      March 28, 2013
    • If that doesn’t help you, I will defer to Carnell. He helped me get this working. When it first came out, there weren’t a lot of non-geek articles about it, and I was pulling my hair out.

      March 28, 2013
  13. I think I’ll start a G-Whiz account for all my techy wizards, we can circle sword fight.

    March 28, 2013
    • Haha.

      March 28, 2013
    • Lou, that sounds like some sort of weird amalgamation of circle jerk and rattling swords….which….someone should probably go ahead and upload to urbandictionary now

      March 28, 2013
    • ok, I submitted, hopefully it shows up soon! :)

      March 28, 2013
  14. I’m deeply sorry I missed your birthday. I hope you had a great day.

    Let me know what sort of ring kissing or excessive compliment giving needs to happen to remain in your great graces.

    March 28, 2013
  15. I would never call you a lazy blogger. Of course, the only reason I read your blog, is to see your banner photo, which I think is incredibly sexy for some reason. Sorry I missed your birthday, but I did not see a blog announcing such (which is a shock in itself), so when was it?

    When Google + first started, I signed up, but never have done anything with it. Of course, that was before I found out we are called ‘Plusians’, so I guess I’d better get with it. I will have to see if we are ??? friends??? what are we? Circles???

    March 28, 2013
    • You circled me, and I circled you. I don’t know what that means………..

      And, here I am sending out queries, and you’re supposed to say how much you love MY WRITING. Not looking at my a**. :)

      Birthday was two weekends ago.

      April 2, 2013
  16. I’m slowly catching on, Andra. I think my resistance has just been learning one more thing. But I realized tonight I have about five people in my circle, and I didn’t even remember that I’d started one. LOL! I am really all but entirely done with FB, and so I’m going to take your encouragement very seriously. I just joined your circle, but at this point, I don’t know much more than that! :-)

    March 29, 2013
    • I recircled you, Debra. I really enjoy the people who have circled me there, because when they post something, I actually see it now.

      April 2, 2013
  17. I must have another go, Andra :-)

    March 29, 2013
  18. I’ve been on G+ for a while now, and if my family weren’t on FB, I’d use it exclusively. Didn’t realise you were on G+ or I’d have circled you long ago. Great post. I didn’t know about this authorship thing.

    April 11, 2013
  19. thank you for this, Andra! could not figure this out myself… seriously, i’m such a cave woman, when it comes to SEO and google and all that crap, that is so vital to getting your stuff out there ..

    April 17, 2013
    • You are NOT a cave woman. I know better than that. I read your blog. xo

      April 17, 2013
  20. Thanks for this! What a help! Google+ here I come…

    April 21, 2013
  21. Ann #

    The part where you said your security number was stolen is scary :/
    Thanks for a great post! :)

    April 24, 2013
  22. thanks so much for the heads up on facebook. I still dont understand twitter, I cant even remember my handle or name or whatever you call it. a bit overwhelmed by google but good to know. I need to spend a little qt and figure it out! love the blog and looking forward to following!

    April 29, 2013
    • Glad this post was helpful. It is a lot to track, and it’s ever evolving. Good luck as you wade into Google.

      April 29, 2013
  23. I am not frustrated with my writing but do feel like blogging may not be my forte. As someone who feels slightly lost with all of this tagging, and stats following, your writing has been helpful and has such an upbeat relatable feel. Thank you for the reminder that there are so many kind people in the world willing to offer good information and advice.

    May 23, 2013
  24. This was very helpful! I am new to blogging and had no idea about this additional option or the importance of it. Thank you!

    June 27, 2013

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