If you’re like a lot of people on Google+, you’re here for the engagement, networking, and the overall value-added content G+ can offer.
It’s exciting to provide content and have others comment on it. It’s a great feeling when you comment on another’s post and they +mention you. It’s plain fun engaging with others (why else would we be here? To get rich quick?Hopefully not!).
As you become more engaged with Google+, how you do you manage all of your notifications?
As you engage, you see the numbers jump up in the little red notification box on Google+; you’re notified when you receive comments, +1’s, +mentions, circle adds and any other notification that you have set up.
As you see that number increase, you want to click it to see what engagement-goodies lie in the drop-down; however, every time you click the box, you start to lose track of who engaged with you and whether you engaged them back.
I don’t have a large network and I don’t currently produce a lot of content, yet even with these factors, I still found it difficult to keep up with the notifications (I can only imagine what this may become like with a larger, engaged network).
Mark offers up some very simple tips on setting up filters in Gmail to use with your G+ notifications and since Gmail plays nicely with G+, it’s really an effective method.
I set up three filters in my Gmail account:
1. G+ Comments – collects the comments others have left on a post of mine
2. G+ Mentions – whenever someone +mentions me, it’ll end up here
3. G+ Subscriptions – this houses everyone who circled me or circled me back
I then am able to go back through each of these labels and see whether I’ve engaged or not and if I have (or don’t need/want to) I delete the email and move on to the next one.
With the G+ Subscriptions, I am able to see whether I want to circle someone else back or not and once I’ve reviewed, I do the same thing as above – delete the email and move on to the next.
So far, this has really worked well for me. It gives me a sense of control over my notifications and allows me to ensure I’m engaging where I want to engage.
What method(s) are you using?
Originally written and shared on Google+