In a feat of monumental stupidity I have managed to press the Google self destruct button. I was having a few minor issues with my Google account, Google Apps to be precise, and in the process of trying to "fix" it I managed to completely delete my entire Google account. I was using Google for most things. My email, calendars, contacts and of course Google Plus. Now everything has gone up in a puff of technological smoke. When Google deletes something they really delete it. There is no recycle bin to retrieve the files from. That's it. Gone forever. I had a go at trying to remedy the situation, but it became quickly apparent that I was not going to get anywhere. Google support is for the most part non existent. If you can't find solutions to your problems within their help files or in other forums then you really are stuffed. I was stuffed. I had no option but to start again, sign up for a new Google account and slap myself around the face a few times.
Despite this I am still feeling positive. I managed to nuke my Google account but I'm still smiling. In fact, I have decided to put even more effort into my Google presence. In particular, Google Plus. Google Plus is seen by many as a competitor to Facebook. In reality, it is so much more. It is essentially the soul of Google. All Google services now float around a Google Plus hub. It allows Google to provide you with a more personalised service while at the same time giving them information about you. That information is where the profits lie. Everyone is a winner because you get a free service and they still manage to make billions in profits. I still intend to use Facebook to keep in contact with friends and family, but as far as Michael Lees Photography is concerned, it will all be about Google Plus. Sure, Facebook still has the numbers but Google has the quality. What many people don't realize about Facebook pages is that the vast majority of posts are never seen by the people following the page. It is widely thought that only between 10% and 17% ever see the light of day. You go to the trouble of putting content on Facebook but the truth is that, for the most part, you are talking to yourself. Now, Facebooks' policies may change in the future, but as it stands I have better things to do than talk to myself. In contrast, Google Plus is shared with everyone who is following you. It stands to reason that if someone is following you, then they want to hear what you have to say. If you ever get annoying, they can just un-follow you. I also find the Google Plus audience a much more engaged one. I rarely get comments on my Facebook page, but on Google Plus I will get several comments a day. It is also much easier to get followers in the first place. My Facebook page gained followers very slowly, but it did not take me long at all to gain followers on Google Plus.
Google Plus is a long way behind Facebook in terms of numbers, but it is not all about the numbers. Facebooks audience is Facebook. It is a closed system. Google Plus on the other hand is open, which means that it can be seen by search engines. Who owns the main search engine? Google of course. That means that when you put content on Google Plus it can be seen by a wider audience than those just on Google Plus. It can be seen by those searching about the topic you are writing about.
However, having said all that my audience on Google plus at the moment is 0, zilch, nothing. Till I start putting posts up that is not going to change, but change it will. Of that I have no doubt. It is just a matter of placing interesting content and engaging with others. If you engage with others they will engage with you. It's not rocket science.
Note to self. In future, do not press the button that says would you like to delete your Google account.