It’s Not Social If You’re Not EngagingPosted on February 20, 2012 by Louis Gray in Featured, Social Media
What does it mean to “be social” or to participate with people online, including family, closest friends and colleagues, but strangers as well? Is sharing a link social? Is telling somebody where you are or what you ate social? Is showing a photo of your kid social? It can be – and it can also not be. An action becomes social when you engage with others and provide value through your sharing and interacting beyond the action itself. This is something that’s often missed.
Google+ was designed to aid you online doing what you already do offline – sharing stories, swapping jokes and links, hanging out, sharing photos and videos, with different groups of people. Of course, you can always share publicly if you like as well, giving everyone who runs into your content the option to see it and engage.
As communities grow, both offline and online, cliques and factions emerge. You can see it in small groups, like family reunions or church events, or notoriously high school. Google+ is no different. As people post fast and engage fast, it’s possible that feelings get hurt, people misinterpret what you meant, assume something untrue, or label you based on one comment alone. It takes effort to move past that and not let those perceived slights take hold. It also takes effort to make sure you’re contributing beyond your initial share.