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How to become a Google+ God

Posted by on 22/07/2011


Google+ started off with quite a bang, with many social network goers fighting for invites to test out the new service. Their service became such a hit that they were able to rack up 10 million users in just 16 days. Google+ is definitely a new alternative to the giants like Facebook and Twitter, but becoming popular on Plus is somewhat different from Facebook or Twitter.

Add many popular techies and socialites to your circles

Just like Digg, friendship on Google+ works in a reciprocal sort of manner. There is no policy of “knowing someone personally”, so users have free rein to add anyone to their Circles (provided that they have not blocked each other). Since the site is still in its beta stages, users are currently finding ways to get as much friends as possible. With so much potential to market yourself, your site and other things on G+, the laws which apply to Facebook don’t work here.

When creating circles, make relevant groups for the different types of people you wish to follow. The next step would be to add the big boys to those circles. For instance, if you want to form a network work Web Engineers, your task would then be to add the popular industry leaders to your circles. Of course you can’t stop there, because you have to actually make yourself visible for them to notice you. The next step would be to Plus One and comment on their posts, maybe tag them in your comments as well (if you can). Obviously it doesn’t mean you should go out comment spamming their profiles, but rather add real value to the conversations. Once they start to notice you, it is highly likely that they will also throw you into one of their Circles.  Getting into their Circles doesn’t mean you have to stop chatting with them, because they could throw you out just as fast.

While you focus on the big boys, also remember the ones who are getting up there, the ones who may not be in the headlines but have some kind of punch and can still accommodate more networked links themselves. Who knows, maybe making a friend with an up and coming engineer could land you a top job at Facebook or Google in the security department.

Make sure to classify those who have added you. On the Circles management page, you can see which users have been put into Circles and which have not. Make sure to classify everyone who adds you, so they feel like they mean something to you, just as how you would like others to put you in their Circles.

Join in the Hangouts

Shave those beards, kick the nerdy accent, and bust out your webcams for some riveting conversations via Hangout. A great way to get noticed is via group chats, especially with the big timers. If you have free time, try to join Hangouts hosted by popular guys (if you’re lucky to get into one), and don’t be afraid to talk because you may end up meeting some great people in the funniest of circumstances. I remember having a group chat (before G+ Hangouts)  with some guys over at TechSpy where I moderate, and initially I thought I wasn’t going to add much to the conversation but at the end of the night, I had a really good conversation with others members about 101 different topics.

If you do get into a decent conversation, make sure to mention a bit about yourself and what you do because people are always interested to find out about your skills, but don’t be a douche and ruin the whole conversation with how many years you worked as an SEO specialist. Tell them one of two things of the most important achievements or skills and leave it at that, unless they ask you to elaborate more that is.

Once again, while your aim may be to Hangout with the industry leaders, don’t forget the little guys because sometimes the little-ist of people have contacts and links to other high powered individuals and companies.

Be a positive conversation contributor

No matter the time and place, we all like when our posts and links are Plus Oned, Liked, Tweeted and so on. Also, there is a great sense of satisfaction when you come back to find out that over 100 people commented on one of your statuses of shared links. At the same time, you’d hope those conversations are insightful and positive. While they may not always be the case, it’s good to be upbeat when posting comments. Even if you may disagree with someone’s viewpoint, rather than being a baby and trolling their profiles, state your viewpoint and maybe express why you feel things should be different or why you disagree.

Post Interesting Stuff

Finally, you should try to post stuff that is relevant to the majority of your friends. Obviously you won’t post content about the best knitting techniques when the majority of your friends are hardcore code crunching geeks. The great thing about the Circles feature above is that you can choose who sees what, so make sure to filter your content so the wrong people don’t see irrelevant links and status comments.

I’ve always been commended on Facebook for posting funny links and status updates, and even have a “following” (not trying to boast), so try to keep it interesting. No one likes constantly reading about how you broke up with your girlfriend or hate your mom, it gets really boring, really quickly.

Hopefully you do join the league of Social Gods, before Google+ blows up when it goes public.

If you’d like to add me to Google Plus, check out my profile here. If you have no friends, I’ll put you in my Circle so you can tell your friends you have at least one friend.


  • Anonymous

    basically you want us to suck up to people’s ass just to be a god:/

  • Bradley Wint

    Making social connections is not sucking up.

  • Kreator

    basically you want us to help you take down Facebbok?!

  • Jason “What The” Bassett

    Being a “god” isn’t the goal of a social networking site. You have the right idea on posting interesting stuff. I can do all of the same things and I still wouldn’t become a “god”. Re-think your title. 

  • Bradley Wint

    Isn’t the goal of each social networking site different though? It depends on how you view it. Also, it would obviously make sense to start of getting friends first before posting stuff, right? Or else no one would see it, hence I talked about it first.

  • Jason “What The” Bassett

    I guess if you’re going to be competitive. My guess is, is that this article is driven towards people in industry. I’m not quite sure if this goes for people that are just using this for keeping up with friends or keeping up with the industry. 

  • Bradley Wint

    Hard to say what Google+ is for now. It started off quite differently to Facebook, being very open rather than limited to college individuals like Facebook. So far, a lot of industry people have joined mostly because of their links to one another (and being able to get invites), so it’s still to be seen what Google+ will evolve into. So far I’ve gotten a lot of good content coming out of it via my friends (e.g. news stories, opinions, etc.) Facebook is still the more personal friends and family oriented network (at least that’s how I use it.)

  • guest

    Wish it was simple to find the industry leaders true google+ profiles.

  • Bradley Wint

    Just type their name in search…e.g. Michael Dell, Pete Cashmore, Leo Laporte..etc etc.

  • Scott B

    God damit, im so sick of all this social networking crap, I wish it never existed.

  • KronicGeek

    Thats a nice article but I would like to say one thing, Google+ is still not very popular and hence everyone should wait for a year to  become it popular and then it can be used for the ways we use twitter/facebook.

    But, brilliantly written article!

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