The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Posted on January 13, 2014, under Time and Technology.
So, how do you feel about Google+? Are you puzzled by it? An enthusiastic user? If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’d say that spending some time getting to know it is a very important and worthwhile investment.
That’s because, one way or another, you are probably already interacting with Google+ – perhaps without even knowing it.
Now, that is the part that first drew me to write this post – the not knowing. Here at The Time Finder, as we’ve dipped our toe into Google+, we’ve found it to be a frequently-changing and often-confusing social networking venue. That’s because Google+ is so thoroughly integrated with Google’s vast array of other web-based tools. That integration makes Google+ very powerful because it can do so much.
Unfortunately, it also means that if you don’t take a great deal of care, Google+ can make things public that you don’t mean to have public. In that way, it is somewhat like Facebook – a frequently changing social networking platform where you have to keep a close eye on your settings if you want to maintain some level of privacy. But unlike Facebook, Google+ has its hands in many diverse areas of your on-line world.
Alan Henry has written a very helpful post on lifehacker titled “How to Stop Google+ from Taking Over All of Your Google Apps” in which he offers step-by-step information about how to control the access that Google+ has to your on-line life. It’s time-consuming to go through your apps and check all of the settings, but especially if you are an entrepreneur with an on-line business, it’s a crucial investment of your time. Your on-line presence, after all, is a big part of what makes (or breaks) your business.
Whether we like it or not, using Google apps and tools, which are great and very useful, will likely also go hand in hand with using Google+, or at least having a presence there. We can say we’ll just let it stay neglected, but since Google also links your Google+ account with your presence on the web, it’s unlikely too many people will let it keep auto-posting and collecting information they don’t control. P
For the time being though, the best you can do is make sure you pay attention to the services you’re using, dig into your settings to make sure Google+ is as private as you want it to be, and use tools that get around locking you in to Google+. Even if you love Google+, there’s no reason to let YouTube post every time you comment on a video or Google Maps post every time you want a link to a map.
Over the next several days, we are going to be digging more deeply into Google+ to get a better handle on how to use it well – AND how to disengage when we want to keep something private – or limit the circle of people who see it. There is so much to explore!
And the thing is, spending time learning the landscape of Google+ stands us in good stead for moving forward. This platform isn’t going away; and optimizing its usefulness is an excellent investment of our online time.
So, I’d love to hear what you think about Google+ right now … AND I hope you’ll join me as we explore the in’s and out’s of Google+ more fully over the next several days.
In the meantime, here’s to your time success …
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