How to Get Your Family and Friends on Google+: Page 2

Facebook has everybody, but Google+ is the superior social network, opines a tech pundit.
Posted February 1, 2012

Mike Elgan

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7. Post pictures of your family and friends, and send the links to them.

Nobody can resist pictures of themselves.

8. Offer to answer questions.

New social networks are confusing to a lot of people. Tell your family and friends that you'd be happy to answer any questions they have about Google+.

9. Unleash the feature nobody can resist: Hangouts.

Instead of talking to your people by phone, tell them you'd like to do a hangout. Once they've tried that, they'll be hooked.

10. Sit them down and walk them through it.

Sometimes, people are just confused. Personally help them set up their account and start following people.

11. Be ready to share interesting, active and relevant circles the moment they join.

One major complaint by new users is that there's nothing happening. That's because they haven’t circled anyone yet. You can help them fix that. First, share this link with them to give them a “starter circle.” If they still think nothing's happening on Google+, share this link+.

12. Be active, and encourage your people to be active, too.

Posting, uploading, hangouts, comments, Plus-oneing -- activity makes Google+ rewarding. So set a good example, and encourage others to not just lurk, but participate. They'll understand the value of Google+ once they do.

It’s true: People are stuck on Facebook. But that condition doesn’t have to be permanent. With a little effort, you can convince your family and friends to try and enjoy Google+.

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