A common blunder I see on Google + and it's easy to fix

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I love Google Plus, and it's been great for my business.  I know there's a core group from here using it religiously and using it very well.  There are also several here that dabble in it.


For those that dabble, I see this common mistake...and it REALLY ANNOYS regular google plus users...and many will uncircle you if you do this repeatedly.


When you post your update, DO NOT select "notify your circles."  And, related, make sure you post to public.  If you select a circle and/or notify your circles, they get an alert about your post.  And, most see this as spam.  Many will report you; others will unfollow you; others will mute you.  And, you have no way of knowing.  But, basically, you have been spamming your followers and annoying them...even those that are still following you.


I've seen so many posts and comments about this.  It's equivalent to writing a blog post on here and then emailing all of your subscribers to check out your post.  That is not the way it's supposed to work.  Instead, people to read the stream and choose what they read/view...similar to what I do on Active Rain.  I will go to my subscriber list when I'm ready and/or go to the feature page and/or toggle back and forth. I control what I see.  Getting the notification about a new update is interuptive and annoying.


Now, once in a while, you may have a very important post that you want to share.  I would venture to say that this may be one in every 100, if that.  Also, if there are specific people that you want input from, then mention them in the post by typing +their name (no spaces).  That way, they get a mention, they are notified and it helps their google authorship.


So, the takeway?  Just post to public and do not select the option to notify your circles.


Oh, and here's a link to my Google Plus profile personal acct: Debbie Gartner on Google Plus and here is my business page: The Flooring Girl on Google Plus


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John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

I have not been much into Google+. Thanks for the tip. I will try to behave myself.

Jul 29, 2013 03:48 PM #43
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Great information. I have turned off most of my notifications to avoid this issue.

Jul 29, 2013 04:25 PM #44
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I don't think I've ever made this mistake, but have been on the receiving end, it is annoying Debbie.  :)

Jul 29, 2013 04:28 PM #45
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

I have never quite understood why I post to Public AND to circles, but that's what I do. I do NOT send notifications to anyone. Are you saying that I should post to Public ONLY?

Jul 29, 2013 05:23 PM #46
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Thank so much. Yes, I can see how this could be rather annoying.  And, probably have no clue that they are doing this.

Jul 29, 2013 09:04 PM #48
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

great suggestions... thanks much! Still working my way through thye Google+ issues.

Jul 29, 2013 09:34 PM #49
Michael Gendreau
Edina Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
Edina Realty

i know nothing of google plus, thanks for sparking my interest as i will resaerch this.



Jul 29, 2013 09:50 PM #50
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I will check my habits. I think...no I hope, I have been posting public only.

Jul 29, 2013 10:12 PM #51
Bill and MaryAnn Wagner
Wagner Real Estate Group - Ocean City, NJ
Jersey Shore and South Jersey Real Estate
Thanks for the tip Debbie! I really need to get my arms around Google Plus.
Jul 29, 2013 10:42 PM #52
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Just one more way to accidentally annoy people. 

Jul 29, 2013 11:05 PM #53
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h
My challenge is that Google plus automatically associated my Personal "page" with all sorts of folks (including AR people) but that my professional page is very lonely.
Jul 29, 2013 11:10 PM #54
Phil Stevenson, CRMP
PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630 - Miami, FL
"Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas


I don't use Google+ that much but thanks for the heads up! I would hate to annoy people that follow me in my first week just because I didn't know I was doing this.

Jul 30, 2013 12:36 AM #55
Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

Thanks Debbie,

being still a dabbler on Google+ , this is helpful to me.  it has always been one of  my pet peeves about facebook.  So now I know NOt to be the kind of pest I hate.

Jul 30, 2013 02:10 AM #56
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

True. I deleted someone from AR who constantly sent me private posts of her normal, regular G+ blog, probably to make sure I saw them. In the stream is one thing; in my mailbox is another.

Jul 30, 2013 02:27 AM #57
Kelly Taylor
Keller Williams - Lakewood Ranch, FL

Thanks for the tip. I didn't realize I was  notifying all of my circle. Keep the tips coming, I need all the help I can get.

Jul 30, 2013 06:16 AM #58
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Thank you kindly, Debbie, I shall make sure this does not happen any longer.

Jul 30, 2013 09:26 AM #59
Rain Silverhawk
Keller Williams Sandpoint rain@lakeandhomes.com - Sandpoint, ID
208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor

Ah I see said the blind woman.  Thanks for the tip

Jul 31, 2013 01:58 PM #60
Eva Aliaga
Partnership Realty Inc - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate

Good reminder to check out our profiles. I have not done much with google profiles

Aug 02, 2013 05:16 PM #61
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Good to know, thanks!

Mar 28, 2014 01:53 PM #62
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Great friendly reminder!

Mar 31, 2014 01:15 PM #63
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