I have one Google+ friend that no matter what I plus-one about, he comments—then he plus-ones his own comment. He’s just Google+ing all day long and he has no rhyme or reason behind what he’s Google+ing about! Does he like a post or does he just feel like because he has nothing to say he can plus one everything I do (or worse, things he sees my friends do)?
So, I’ve decided to break down how to determine if you’re overusing Google+ by the type of Google+ person you are:
Bored – If you’re like my one friend commenting and giving me thumbs up all day on Google+, get a life already because you are bored and are in violation of my Google+ rules. I don’t want my Google+ page to be like my Facebook page. I want it to stream in things from my blog and I want to offer up links I think are important. If you want to comment on my comments all day long, do it on my Facebook page.
Nosey – Then there are those who sat up when Twitter started and needed to know what you were doing right, right now—they are just plain nosey. “Really, Jean’s on Google+? What’s she saying? What could she possibly be doing? I’m joining and now she’ll be forced to be in my circles whether she likes it or not." These are people who have nothing of value to say but in fact are followers. Much like the hunters and gatherers, they are the gatherers and they need to stay off my Google+ page.
Family Feuds – Google+ is a great avenue to start family feuds or continue one from Facebook if you’ve blocked everyone in your family or they’ve blocked you on Facebook. Even if you block a stream of incoming comments from other family members in your circles, it’s only a hop, skip (actually a click) away and you can see what the family’s up to; or, worse, what they think you are up to. Unless one of my family members can advance my career, I don’t want them on my Google+ page either. So, none of my family members (except one exceptional sister) are in my circles, and I intend to keep it that way.
Celebrity Chasing – This is what Twitter is for folks, not Google+. I don’t care what’s in Jay Leno’s garage, I really don’t people, and those of you in my circles streaming such things to me are about to be blocked. If I want to follow a celebrity, I’ll do it on my own. If I want to be “winning" I’ll win alone, too!
It’s Not Twitter - OMG, LOL and all LMAO don’t belong on Google+, save them for Tweets, or better yet, texting. If you treat Google+ like Twitter or a texting venue, Google+ should be allowed to kick you out. Three strikes and you’re out, so to say. Wouldn’t it be cool if a little Google character shot up when you typed in LOL and warned you—“That’s your second time to use an acronym instead of spelling out the words, are you sure you really want to do that, Dave?" If you’re guilty of this, you are not only overusing Google+, you have no life goals.