Just know that the vast majority of your constituents will continue to be on Facebook for a long time.
Two ways Google Plus will change how you connect
Though it is early, there are a couple of features that stand out about Google+: Hangouts and Circles.
• Hangouts- Hangouts is a way to conduct group video conferencing with other Google+ users.
I can see Hangouts creating a paradigm shift in how organizations connect with their supporters. Imagine key staff (the ones who can effectively represent the org) posting “open office hours”where G+ users can pop into a Hangout and chat with them face-to-face about critical topics.
Here’s what Danielle had to say about Google Plus in general:
• Circles- Facebook and Twitter both allow users to put people in specific groupings or lists. But how many people use or even know about Facebook friends lists? Circles, on the other hand, put segmentation up front in their product – and they make it fun!
I could see organizations segmenting their donors, volunteers, partners into a various different circles.
Here’s what Andy had to say:
Social media is about people, not technology
If you’re messing around with Google Plus, or have decided to wait until the early adopters flush out the bugs, a few basic principles stay true:
- People use social media to connect with other people, not technology. When was the last time you felt truly understand and appreciated by your laptop?
- Social media is less important than your story and how well you can tell it. If don’t have a good story to tell, having a megaphone is useless.
- Fish where the fish are. Right now, mostly the geeks and other uncool kids are using Google+. It remains to be seen whether Google+ will be adopted en mass, so spend your on the platforms (Facebook) with the people who love you.
- -> Also see Frank Barry’s article called “Social Media Best Practices: 12 Tips for Making the Best of Any Social Site“.
In short, stay interested in where Google+ is going, but don’t spend huge resources on it right now.