It seems a tad unfair to be taking Google+ to task so soon after its initial release, while it’s still in Beta testing, but most of us will anyway. In fact, Google is likely collecting this information, making changes and improvements based on the information they collect.
At least, I hope they are.
Take the problem of cross-posting between the various social media networks, like Facebook to Google+, or Google+ to Twitter. Not all the tools available to do this work exactly the way we might want them too. It’s awful early in the game to be expecting everything will be perfect.
The big problem is that Google+ is out and everyone wants to do everything with it that everyone else is doing. This hardly seems reasonable given that the existing social media network most of use has been gradually crafted over the past several years, during which time Google was not even in the social media game.
Google+ is a great tool with an abundance of promise when it comes to how we use social media to interact, communicate and connect. But it is going to take them time to work out all the bugs and join up all the various parts of their network together to create something bigger, better and more useful.
The great thing about Google+ is the fact it is being adopted by so many people, a quick search for tools that will help make the site more useful returns a number of choices. And every day more and more tools are being added to the Google+ tool kit.
So, be patient. It takes time to build a monumental social media network.
Google+ may be the newest kid on the social networking block, but it is not the only kid. I have multiple social networks that I maintain and update, and sometimes it can be tedious and redundant to post the same links or information on multiple networks. For today’s 30 Days With Google+ journey, I am taking a look at some methods for cross-posting content from Google+ to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
I found one creative method of sharing posts with Facebook compliments of EnBeeOne3.com. The site explains how I can automatically update Facebook when I post to Google+ by taking advantage of the system Google+ has in place for letting me add people who aren’t even on Google+ by putting the email address in a Circle. Posting status updates via email into a Circle, any Google+ posts shared with that Circle will be emailed to the Facebook address and subsequently posted to Facebook.
Voila! Well, almost. I wrote a post on Google+ that I shared with my “Post to Facebook” Circle with my Facebook email address. It did, in fact, cross-post, but the original Google+ post was a link to a PCWorld article with a couple sentences of commentary, and all that showed up on Facebook was the first 10 words or so followed by ellipses, and no link to the rest of my text or the PCWorld content.
As creative as that solution is, it’s not the most elegant, it only does Facebook, and apparently it doesn’t work very well. There are some third-party solutions that allow you to send Twitter tweets via email as well, but TheNextWeb.com pointed me in the direction of something even better–the Publish Sync extension for the Chrome Web browser.
The article from TheNextWeb.com describes some shady behavior about automatically spamming your social networks, but apparently the developers took the hint and resolved that faux pas. The Publish Sync extension requires that I use the Chrome browser of course, but it enables me to automatically cross-post from Google+ to Facebook and Twitter, or from Twitter to Facebook, or whatever direction suits my needs–at least in theory.
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