How to mute and unmute a post in Google+

Google+ has nice feature giving you the ability to mute a post but un-muting it isn’t as easy as it should be so I wanted to share this information with you here.  I’ll show you why and how you would mute a post and also how to un-mute a post.

The mute feature is useful when you may have +1’d or commented on a post and as a result you get notifications for all the other comments made which is good if you want to stay in the conversation.  However there are times things get too noisy or the conversation goes “off-topic” so you can mute the post to no longer get any more notifications about it. How you mute the post is simply by click on the arrow in the top right corner of the post and select the Mute this post option as show here:

This will collapse the post and it will display the following which gives you the ability to un-mute the post:

Now that’s all fine and dandy!  The problem is when you later or decide that you want to un-mute the post because there is no display where it shows you a list of all the posts that you’ve un-muted for you to choose from.  What you need to do in this instance is to find the stream that displayed the post that you unmuted and there you will see the same message as above in the same place where you can click Undo mute. Alternatively if you remember the person whose post you muted you can go to their posts and similarly un-mute the post.

Hopefully Google will make this process easier by having a page displayed where you can see all muted posts but for now this is the only way to do this.

Is your blog popular? Tell everyone about it!

This week I got a few Likes on my blog posts from Lesley Carter so I went to have a look at her blog. I enjoy travelling so the blog appealed to me and I’m so glad I checked it out because I found some impressive blog stats – almost 8,000 followers and over 290,000 hits in less than 6 months !!

One of the things that Lesley has on her blog which I recommend you also include if you’ve got a lot a good number of followers and/or get a lot of hits is to show these statistic off.  Here is how it’s displayed:

This is what is known as Social Proof.  It’s like when you go to a restaraunt and depending on how empty or full it is your decision to eat there or not is influenced.  The same goes for things in the online world where if you see these kinds of statistics you’re more likely to follow since so many other people are doing so and this has a snowball effect which is very effective. 

So my call to action to you is simple – if you have a good amount of followers and/or get a lot of hits then you should display this prominently and proudly as it will definately help influence others who visit your blog.

Bookmark interesting posts in Google+

One of the things I find about Google+ is that since there is no 140 character restriction like there is on Twitter people post a lot of good things that take longer to read and often I don’t have the time to read those things at that time.  When I encounter this issue on Twitter wtih links to longer articles I use an app called Read It Later and there are other similar services like Instapaper and the built in service on iOS devices called Read Later which allows me to effectively bookmark things to go back and read when I have more time.

A clever way to achieve the same effect on Google+ is to create what is known as an Empty Circle – essentially a circle with nobody added into it.  You can call it whatever you want like Bookmarks or Read Later List or whatever.  Now when you come across something that you are interested in and want to save it to read later you can simply share it to that circle.  When you get some time to read you can now go and view the circle in your Stream and all of the posts you’ve shared to it will be listed.

Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you!

Making it easy for others to share your content

Following on from my Sharing is Caring post I wanted to flip this around to talk about how you can make it easier for others to share your blog content.  I have a theory that these days we’re all suffering from short attention spans and we want to be able to do the things we want quickly and easily – or in other words we’ve all become rather lazy!  So even though it doesn’t take too much effort on people’s part to copy a link from a blog post and then share this by pasting it into a tweet or Facebook update or Google+ post people just don’t bother.  So it’s important that on your blog you include ways they can help share your content by simple click or two and blogging platforms like WordPress give you the ability to add these in very easily.

What you need to be aware of is that not all of the Blog themes you select will have this option so when you’re choosing a blog theme or thinking of changing your existing one to a new one pay close attention to this.  in WordPress look under Settings>Sharing and it will give you a whole page of options to settings and the following is what you’re looking for are the options you want to provide like this:

Once you have chosen the services you want to give to your readers to share your content you will see them displayed at the bottom of your blog posts just above where they have the opportunity to leave a comment:

The additional benefit you get also, which you can see from above, is that when anyone shares your content it using the services you get a count. So as in the above example you can see that 3 people have tweeted the blog post and this can also help encourage others to share your content if they can see this kind of information.  The key thing is that you’ve given them nice easy ways to do this and provided them with a choice of a few ways to do this so they can select the appropriate services that they want to share this with.

Go check your blog – have you provided people an easy way to share your content?  If not does your blogging platform and/or theme give you the ability to do this?  If not then I would recommend you find a way to enable this for your blog posts which may be as simple as choosing a new theme.  As always – feel free to share this blog post using the sharing buttons below!