+Jaana Nystrom

Welcome to my Circleverse!

Google+ is my passion: I want to help others to get the most out of it.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

How to deal with Trolls

I've been searching Google+ for tips on how to deal with Trolls on your comments and posts.
Here are the results:


From +Guy Kawasaki

Top 12 Signs You're Dealing With Trolls

Dealing with trolls is one of the costs of participating in social media. These are the folks who combine a strong opinion with a lack of knowledge. A handful of inflammatory and negative comments can neutralize dozens of positive ones. Here are the top twelve signs that you're dealing with someone who lives under a bridge.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Google+ is 3 years old already!

The Google+ Project or Google Circles launched on 28th June, 2011.

Google+ is an essential part of my business, with other Google tools.

They've come a long way since.
From the official Google blog announcing the launch, written by +Vic Gundotra:

+You: putting you first, all across Google
That’s the Google+ project so far: Circles, Sparks, Hangouts and mobile. We’re beginning in Field Trial, so you may find some rough edges, and the project is by invitation only. But online sharing needs a serious re-think, so it’s time we got started. There’s just one more thing—really the only thing: You.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Google+ Business Pages Updates

Google is improving the user experience for business pages, check out these desktop updates!
Even better visibility and stats for business pages along with a nicer UX...

Learn more about what Google+ can offer to you and your business: Google+ My Business Help Center

Google Business pages

Google+ pages provides businesses, products, brands, and organizations with a public identity and presence on Google+.  You can also create a Page for your band, pet, fan club, sports team, kid's camp, event or anything that is not against the Google Terms of Service - or user rules and principles.  For simplicity's sake I'll go on writing about "your business".

Google+ pages interact in the Google+ world similar to the way that regular Google+ profile owners do - they can add people to circles, edit their profile, share things in Google+, +1 comments and photos, and create and join Hangouts and Communities.
But they’re not entirely the same, especially since this update.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Google+ Photo Albums

I have tested quite a lot the desktop photos feature of Google+, here are the findings.
Even though one album can house 2000 photos, I've noticed that anything over 1000 is a bit problematic:  Errors occur especially when sharing...

Need to find photos and create an album?

Here's how to find your images on Google+:

Google+ Photos Updates

I'll be collecting the photos updates here instead of the Google+ and your Photos article, that one was too long already!

Latest improvements / changes to Google+ Photos:

Now you can change the Enhance for each image and customize the photo directly from the Lightbox view.  Just mouse over the "Enhanced" text top right of the pic.

Monday, 14 April 2014

A Nobody can become Somebody on Google+

A life changer!

After receiving an invitation to join Google+ in June 29, 2011 I've never looked back.

There was just something in this platform that swept me off my feet: I decided already in August that year that Google+ will somehow be the lode star of my new career.  I saw this as an opportunity especially for the small entrepreneur without unlimited marketing budget to get the message out there...

I quit my job and started to study entrepreneurship, business and social media. Teaching myself how to use Google+ and different social media platforms.  I'm an avid believer in life-long learning!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Content views on Google+!

Interesting update has rolled out:  Views instead of +1's. One can still see the plusones on mobile and inside the Google Webmasters Badge tool:

  •  Go to the Google+ Badge Tool
  •  Change Google+ User to "other"
  •  Enter the page's URL

The page's total +1 number will appear in the preview image for the badge.

See how many times your Google+ page & content has been viewed by other people!

This number on your profile box next to the follower count is the sum of your profile, post and photo views since October 2012.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A poll for Google+ users

Okay, there are so many replies to this, I must close the poll and start sifting through the results!

Friday, 14 February 2014

How to promote a Business Google+ Page

Congratulations, you have created or are about to create a Google+ business page!
On Google+ a page can follow anyone, also personal profiles. A page can join communities and create them, too.  A page can +mention anyone, send private messages and engage just like a personal profile: Very different from Facebook.
See the helpful links at the end of this article!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Circles and Communities: Communication on Google+

I use my circles and the following of profiles feature for:

A. Getting interesting content in my Home stream, no matter if the ones I follow have circled me or not, unless they only post to "circles".  I don't expect anyone to circle me back.

B. I have a lot of Finns (nearly a thousand) in one large circle which I also use for posting in Finnish.  On my Finnish page +Gplussa .  I have bite-sized circles of several thousand Finns for circle sharing purposes so that newcomers may find people to interact with, in their own language.

C.  Communities have replaced Circles in many ways:  Starting a community and engaging with people around a certain topic does not count towards the 5000 limit.  I own a Finnish "Suomi" community with 20 categories about all sorts of things and an English language "Google+ Helper" community which is all about Google+, with categories of helpful posts for Goobies and old hands alike.