Social media is an integral part of the tea world because it helps us to connect and share information. Google+ seems to be a bit of a last frontier for most people. The complaints that I hear most often about this platform are that it is confusing and boring. Once you’ve learned the ropes, it is neither of those things. Rather than explain how to use G+, I wanted to give some tips that will make it a much friendlier place for tea lovers. If you aren’t familiar with Google+ and how it works, I suggest checking out the book What the Plus! Google+ For the Rest of Us by Guy Kawasaki.
- Circle, Circle Circle – A common mistake people make on G+ is that they don’t circle anyone. Circling is the equivalent of following someone on Twitter. It will be a very boring place if you don’t connect with anyone. Google allows you to specify how much each of your circles can see so you don’t have to share all of your posts publicly if you do not want to. Start by adding people you already know and work your way up from there. If you are a blogger you may want to make sure that your posts are shared publicly, otherwise they may be missed.
- Interact – The best way to find new people to circle is to join in the conversation. Comment on posts that interest you. Never be intimidated if you feel that others are more knowledgeable than you are. Tea people are usually a pretty friendly lot and they will be happy to help you learn.
- Communities – Communities are a great way to meet G+er’s who share your love for tea. Here are some of my favorite. Due to the proliferation of spam in some of the communities on G+, a bunch of like-minded tea lovers are banding together on a community with the same name as this blog and you are welcome to join us.