Google+, Facebook and Twitter are three of the tools available to bloggers (and others) to promote their work.
I learned about Facebook and Twitter before I joined, but Google+ has been a different experience for me. WordPress encourages bloggers to publicise their posts using Google+. Once I had a Google account, I decided to try this. It was quite complicated to set up, but I managed. As a result each of my posts on Sue’s Trifles generates a post (like a Facebook status) on Google+. The only trouble is nobody sees it even though it is publicly visible! (It also puts your name (from Google+) on your blog in place of your WordPress username, which may be an issue for some people.)
After a while I realised that the way to draw the links on Google+ to anyone’s attention is to join various communities and share the posts with them. The most useful community in this context is the Blogging from A to Z in April Community.
Sharing a post in this way allows the addition of a personalised comment with the post. This makes my use of Google+ similar to the way I already alert people to my new posts on Facebook and Twitter, where I have not activated the WordPress publicise to post automatically.
It is slightly easier to share a link which is already posted on Google+, although I am sure it would be possible to post links manually to Google+, just as I do for Facebook and Twitter.
Do you use Google+?
What are your hints and tips?