Weekly Topic Inspiration: Google+

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  1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
    Christy Kirwanposted 5 years ago

    Howdy y’all! I’m Christy, the Topic Queen. I’m delighted to meet you and very excited to be the new Weekly Topic Inspiration leader. I can’t wait to see the awesome Hubs you write for me!

    From now on, the Weekly Topic Inspiration will be based on the latest and greatest new Topics on HubPages. This week’s Inspiration is about a brand new Topic suggested by Hubber Paul Maplesden: Google+.

    Google+ is one of the biggest social networking platforms available to internet users these days. Are you a Google+ user? Tell us what you think! How has G+ Local changed the way you dine out? How does your home business make use of G+ Hangouts? What are your favorite and least favorite features?

    Ideas for exceptional Hubs include how-to instructions for your favorite features, analyses of the most and least useful networking functions, and ways to enhance your everyday life with Google+.

    To join in on this week's challenge by writing a Hub, follow these steps:

    1)    Stop by this week's Weekly Topic Inspiration Question.
    2)    Click the green "answer this question" button.
    3)     Instead of answering the question in short form, click the gray "make a Hub about it" button. 
    4)    Give your Hub a title that follows our guidelines on crafting successful, competitive, search-friendly titles, which namely involves...

    A. Creating a title that is short and descriptive, matching what someone would type into a search engine when looking for information on the subject.
    B. Researching the keywords (the things people might type into search engines) by Googling them to make sure that the topic is not already extensively covered online and that you can beat the top results.
    C. Covering a subject about which you are particularly passionate- or in which you have unique, useful expertise.


    5)    Create good quality original content that hasn't been covered before.
    6)    Make sure the images you use are legally used and properly attributed so that your Hub has a chance of being selected as a Hub of the Day.
    7)    After you publish your Weekly Topic Inspiration Hub, come back to this Forum Discussion and post a link to your Hub with a brief description of what you wrote about and why.

    For more information on the Weekly Topic Inspiration program, check out the Learning Center guide.

    1. Paul Maplesden profile image70
      Paul Maplesdenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have written a guide to getting the most out of Google Plus communities, you can find it here: http://paulmaplesden.hubpages.com/hub/g … nes-advice

      I wrote the hub because I'm a moderator of a large, successful  Google Plus community (9,000 members and growing by about 100 a day) and I wanted to share some of the good behaviours that we see our community members adopting.

      My hope is that the good practices in the hub can make G+ Communities a better place for everyone.

      1. That Grrl profile image76
        That Grrlposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I've been trying to fit G+ in. I stick with Twitter mainly and avoid Facebook. Nice to see someone really making use of it.

        Christy - could you like to last week's post? I haven't seen it so far and would like to see who else posted and how things turned out.

        1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
          Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Just posted a a comment with a link to last week's forum post, That Grrl. There were some great responses. smile

      2. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
        Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Wow, your Hub is a great guide, Paul Maplesden! I especially like your tips on engaging with other community members.

        1. Paul Maplesden profile image70
          Paul Maplesdenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Christy for the feedback smile

      3. K9keystrokes profile image90
        K9keystrokesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Paul, I really appreciate this piece of work. Your suggestion on creating a "posting rota" is something all HP/Google+ users should utilize. I must admit, not using this concept has presented errors time after time in my own G+ posts and beyond. Thank you for re-energizing my desire to be more socially active here at HP and the internet abroad.
        Your hub is great, coming with complete, informative, and clear information--much to be learned there. Possibly something that should be woven into the HP learning center package? Top notch stuff, Sir.
        Standing and Applauding this hub. cool

        1. Paul Maplesden profile image70
          Paul Maplesdenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Wow, thanks very muich for the very kind words! The hub was really a response to my time moderating a G+ community and a desire to help other people get more out of it, so I am delighted it is being so well received. I shared the article with Brian Glick today, the Google Plus Product Manager at Google and he liked it too...

          1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
            Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Wow, congratulations, Paul! It's AWESOME that you got some official Google recognition for your experience and insights. Keep those stellar Hubs comin'!

          2. EmpressFelicity profile image71
            EmpressFelicityposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            How do you know this Brian Glick, if you don't mind my asking? Do you work for Google?

            1. Paul Maplesden profile image70
              Paul Maplesdenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              No, he's a Googler who has a profile on G+, so I just messaged him. I figured if you don't ask, you don't get and he was kinde nough to respond.

      4. MarleneB profile image96
        MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        This is an excellent guide filled with very valuable information. I can see now how Google+ works and will definitely get more involved.

    2. Paul Maplesden profile image70
      Paul Maplesdenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi again,

      Just to let you know, I've created another Google Plus hub following the WTI: 'Circles and Plus Ones and Shares (Oh My!) - A guide to the main concepts in Google Plus

      http://paulmaplesden.hubpages.com/hub/g … -explained

      Thanks, Paul.

    3. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
      Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hey everyone, thanks so much for participating! For more inspiration, visit the new Weekly Topic Inspiration: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/109957#post2340156

  2. Randy Godwin profile image92
    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

    Is self promotion acceptable now, Christy?  Or is this just okay for some Hubbers?  yikes

    1. Paul Maplesden profile image70
      Paul Maplesdenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Quoting the OP:

      7)    After you publish your Weekly Topic Inspiration Hub, come back to this Forum Discussion and post a link to your Hub with a brief description of what you wrote about and why.

      Not breaking any rules here.

      1. Randy Godwin profile image92
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Okay cool!  I don't usually read this stuff, Paul.  Good luck on your  HOTD!  smile  Er....wasn't this hub wrote a few weeks ago?

        1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
          Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, please do post your Weekly Topic Inspiration Hubs, Randy Godwin. Sharing your response and seeing what other Hubbers wrote is the funnest part of participating in the WTI. smile

          1. Randy Godwin profile image92
            Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I'll be glad to Christy when the idle/featured program is finally worth depending on.  Any idea when this will be?

            And one more question.  Were you guys in touch with Mr.Maplesden before he ever joined the site?  Because in the almost 4 years I've been here I've never seen such promotion and/or self promotion directed towards one single  ordinaryHubber by the staff.  Perhaps it is simply a new thing, but it does indeed look awfully coincidental.

            Thanks for your answer!  smile

            1. Simone Smith profile image93
              Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              It can certainly be depended upon now, Randy. We're just refining some of the traffic timing elements and going through the backlog. The quality rating system is totally up and running.

              Paul Mapleson is not associated with HubPages, though because he has been publishing so many high quality Hubs lately, and being so active in the community, his work is naturally showing up on more of our channels. It's just something that happens with Hubbers who get super positively involved with the community, and we're really excited to see how quickly he's building a robust online portfolio for himself on our stie!

              1. Randy Godwin profile image92
                Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                So your answer is that no one from HP has ever conversed with him before he joined the site?  Just to clarify because you have to admit it sure looks a bit promotional.  smile

                1. Simone Smith profile image93
                  Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Yep! And I hadn't thought of it as such, but I know that we have differing perspectives on many issues, so I appreciate your bringing it up. smile

                  1. Randy Godwin profile image92
                    Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    No problem, Simone.  I just wanted you guys to know it looked a bit overly promotional, and now isn't a good time for any more conspiracy theories I'd think.  There's enough suspicion about the site already without adding this into the mix.  smile

            2. Paul Maplesden profile image70
              Paul Maplesdenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              I'm flattered that you might think I am something to do with the staff, but I can assure you it isn't the case.

              I'd like to think I was an OK writer though, having spent many years creating professional content, training and how-to guides in a business role; perhaps I just fit in well at HP?

              I do also try and take time to make helpful suggestions, interact with the community in a positive way, create hubs that help out other hubbers and present thoughts and ideas for features that will benefit everyone.

              Ultimately, I think that if the site as a whole benefits, then we benefit as individuals. Perhaps the staff members feel that way too?

              Incidentally, not sure what you mean about lots of promotion or self-promotion? I occasionally mention hubs that I haver written that might help others, but never link them in the forums and I wasn't aware that I was receiving lots of promotion from the staff? That said, I am pretty good at promoting myself *offsite*.

              Anyway, don't want to derail this thread I(I remember the 400 post monster of a few days ago that I believe you were involved with Randy). I just wanted to explain where I was coming from. Peace.

              Paul.

              1. Randy Godwin profile image92
                Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                If you say you haven't been in contact with HP before joining the site then okay.  As I said previously, I've never seen such promotion by the staff before in my almost 4 years here.  In light of the strange goings-on around here lately, it just looks a bit fishy to some of us.  Just trying to clear this up to everyone's satisfaction. smile

                1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
                  Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Paul's recognition by the Google+ team was entirely through his own effort and hard work. The HubPages staff had nothing to do with it. Pinky swear.

                  1. Randy Godwin profile image92
                    Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    I don't seem to be making myself clear, Christy.  Has HP ever been in contact, in any manner whatsoever, with Mr.Maplesden before he ever joined the site.  Not if he is working for HP now.  A simple yes or no will end this line of query, I promise Christy. smile

                    Thanks again!

  3. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
    Christy Kirwanposted 5 years ago

    If you're curious about the results of last week's WTI, check out the responses here: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/109403

  4. NotPC profile image58
    NotPCposted 5 years ago

    Here is a hub I wrote yesterday that lists each step of the Google Authorship verification process, specifically for hubbers: http://notpc.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Se … s-Accounts

    1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
      Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great tutorial, NotPC! Your instructions are very clear and easy to follow, and your images are extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing!

    2. MarleneB profile image96
      MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I am really glad you wrote this hub. I used a tip that you gave to verify authorship. Excellent guide. Thank you.

  5. avorodisa profile image86
    avorodisaposted 5 years ago

    Hello, Christy. And hello hubbers.
    I did it. Here is my post about Google +
    http://avorodisa.hubpages.com/hub/How-G … -Your-Life

    1. Paul Maplesden profile image70
      Paul Maplesdenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great article Avorodisa, love your use of lots of images and screenshots as well.

      1. avorodisa profile image86
        avorodisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Hello Paul. Thank you for your interest in my article. And thank you for your encouragement.

    2. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
      Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Cool Hub, avorodisa. I think your parallell between social networking and city life is spot on!

      1. avorodisa profile image86
        avorodisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you, Christy.

    3. MarleneB profile image96
      MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Your hub is very helpful to people like me. I have been a little nervous about stepping into the G+ world. I like that you included photos as a visual aid. Really great hub!

      1. avorodisa profile image86
        avorodisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I'm very happy to be of help)))

  6. janderson99 profile image54
    janderson99posted 5 years ago

    Please add the G+ button back to hubs. Its obviously popular and important.

    1. NotPC profile image58
      NotPCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I would +1 this post if I could smile

    2. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
      Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      We found that the G+ button was getting low engagement and that people actually use the sharing options more with less choices. Bringing back the G+ button isn't completely off the table, but we don't have any definite plans to do so at this point.

      1. janderson99 profile image54
        janderson99posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Fabulous irony HP has a Topic Inspiration about G+ , but does not support it. Virtually 99% of pages from good sites have G+ on their pages - but not silly HP. For Firefox users there are various addons that do the job.

        1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
          Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          We like Google+ and think it's relevant to the online community as a major social networking platform. Unfortunately, the G+ button in particular just wasn't getting much use here on HubPages.

        2. agvulpes profile image86
          agvulpesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Could not agree with you more. Just adding that perhaps the fact that there will be a 'Google' link on every Hub may be a SEO problem.  I would have thought it would help but I'm just not smart enough to know the answer to that, maybe some one more technically minded than me can comment?

      2. MarleneB profile image96
        MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Until reading the hubs from this weekly topic, I was never prone to click on the G+ button. For me, it was just easier to go with what I was more familiar with. I am thrilled that this topic was assigned because the hubs I have read from this assignment have all been a great help to me. I am actually inspired to get more involved with G+ so now if the option to share with G+ were to be brought back in the future, I might be more willing to "engage". Thanks so much for a great topic.

        1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
          Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Glad these Hubs have been helpful for you, MarleneB! smile

  7. janderson99 profile image54
    janderson99posted 5 years ago

    As an aside, but it is related, why does HP insist on wrongly using the vague term "user engagement" when what you mean is 'hits' or 'traffic'

    when  you say  "G+ button was getting low engagement" - what you mean was that G+ was getting few hits.

    User engagement means something quite different. Here's a link about what is really meant by G+ user engagement   http://blog.rjmetrics.com/new-google-pl … ngagement/
    but I'm sure this is not what you mean.

    Here's a link to what user engagement means in Google  Analytics and how hard it is to measure.
    http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/engageme … an-excuse/

    If you are saying that few people clicked on the G+ button - why not say that. If the expression "G+ button was getting low engagement" means something else - what is it?
    Why have HP staff been instructed not to use ther words "Button Hits or Clicks" and "Traffic".

    1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
      Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for clarifying, janderson99. We've found that the G+ button got few actual clicks and also that it was not facilitating user interaction with the content.

      1. janderson99 profile image54
        janderson99posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I could ask what this means:
        "not facilitating user interaction with the content." and how you measure it? But I won't!

  8. MissJamieD profile image72
    MissJamieDposted 5 years ago

    I don't know how to use Google+, I only recently joined the site and have no idea how to use it so I'll definitely be watching for these hubs to learn from.

    1. NotPC profile image58
      NotPCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The two most recent hubs I have written will set you up nicely.

      1. MissJamieD profile image72
        MissJamieDposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        wonderful, thank you so much:)

        1. Barbara Kay profile image92
          Barbara Kayposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          This is a subject I've had a lot of questions about too. I'll have to read all of these hubs just as soon as i find the time, hopefully tomorrow.

  9. NotPC profile image58
    NotPCposted 5 years ago

    Oh bummer! I totally thought this was a competition! *sad face* ...... *just kidding face!*

    1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
      Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Everybody wins! tongue

      For now, it's just a chance to share your Hubs with others and read their responses, though a competition might be fun at some point in the future. smile

 
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