Personally, I love the idea of Google+, so many of Google’s web based applications make sense, are easier to use and more often than not, user centric.
The problem I face, like many others, is one of time.
Additionally there are secondary, but as important networks, dependant on your skill set and focus; YouTube, Instagram, Flickr and to a lesser extent Foursquare. Of course, there are further micro-networks and niche social spaces.
So Many Choices
This means we have to make choices. If you are engaging readily with early adopters and tech types you may be able to wander happily from space to space as new networks appear. If not, you have to stay where your audience is strongest. This point is probably the most important.
It doesn’t matter where you want to go and engage, it’s where your audience is that dictates where you should concentrate your time.
I categorise the platforms in the following way:
- Facebook – mass market socialites, Mr. and Mrs. General Public
- LinkedIn – business community, job seekers and prospecting SME’s
- Twitter – networking fanatics, typically bloggers, writers or journalists using various mediums to promote their work
- Google+ – early adopters, Tech savvy network addicts with few inhibitions
Of these main four Twitter still allows you to have some form of anonymity whilst being able to promote and engage. Which may explain some of it’s more “spammy” content.
The Lights Are On But Nobody’s Home
If your role is even remotely related to Social Media then you need to be aware of the additional platforms. At a minimum, understand their use case and be ready to take part should they become popular with your market sector.
Monitoring tools, such as HootSuite, do allow you to play in more than one space at a time, but be wary of posting the same content across networks. Research shows that posts made from outside the Facebook network using these Apps receive 70% fewer likes and comments. Each platform has it own subtleties that may not suit the language or terminology used in others. Hashtags used on Twitter, for example, can look out of place in a Facebook status update, and are a dead give away that you are not actually on the platform.
I just so want to go and play on Google+, you will find this evident in my sporadic updates and check-ins if you have Circled me. For now it remains my little “sand pit” that I will scratch around in from time to time, until I can build a business case to use it more often.
There is always an alternative:
How do you manage your time online?