It’s one thing to put something aside to read later. It’s quite another to remember where you had put it.
When I was a kid, my Mom was fond of putting things away for good.
I wasn’t sure whether that meant putting them away forever or putting them to keep them good.
Everyday I come across content that I don’t want to lose.
I tried bookmarking sites like Delicious.com, using my browser favorites and Google Bookmarks. Inevitably, I dessert them and all the links they contain because they become so unwieldy that I forget what I was looking for before I get halfway through the list. Yes, I can hear you– “but organize your stuff in folders, Ray!”
to the rescue!
Just after opening my account on Google+, I discovered some cool ways to keep track of the great content that I find online and in my G+ streams.
The first tip is to use the +1 button.
Every time you click on a +1 icon anywhere on the web, you are doing a few things.
You giving the article a thumbs up, much like a “Facebook “like” button and recommending it to your friends.
You’re helping that site rank a bit better in search ranking AND, if you have a Google+ page, you’re bookmarking that article on your profile page.
As you can see with the screen shot above, all the links that I have “+1’d” on outside sites are listed under the +1 tab on my profile page. – You can choose to share this tab or keep it private.
The reason I specify outside sites is that this doesn’t work for posts inside your Google+ stream.
Send your Favourite posts to Evernote!
As you know, you can circle people in Google+. But you can also share posts that you want to read later or “keep for good” in their own circle for future reference.
I’m a big fan of Evernote. I use it almost daily to, yes, write notes, but also to file videos and links that I want to later access to.
When I’m logged into my Google+ account and see posts in my stream that I want to keep for research, I share them to my “SharetoEvernote” circle.
I created this circle but instead of putting a group of people in it, I only I just put one person in it. Well, not really a person – my special Evernote email address.
1. Get hold of your Evernote email address. If you login to Evernote at Evernote.com it will be on your settings page – “account info”
2. Log in to Google+ and click the Circles page.
3. Click the new circle.
4. Name your new Circle “Evernote” or whatever you like. I named mine “Share2Evernote”.
5. Click add a new person and insert your Evernote email address.
6. Once you have added the email address, click “Create circle with 1 person”.
Because your Evernote circle is essentially an email entity, make sure you check the box: also email 1 person not yet using Google+ (as shown in the above screen shot).
Using Circles to bookmark G+ posts.
As I said earlier, the +1 tab only works for links outside of Google+.
So how do we keep posts that we want to read later that we see in our Google+ streams?
Here’s a couple suggestions:
1. As with the Evernote circle, create a “Read it Later Circle” and just put yourself in it. When you come across a post you want to keep, share it with only yourself. Sounds a bit selfish, doesn’t it?
2. Or, as I do, I share things to my “Share2Evernote” circle but don’t check the email box. The posts remain there and I don’t need to add more clutter by creating yet another circle.
Hope this helps.
Have you any other suggestions for organizing your “keep for good” posts?
Ray Hiltz is a Social Media Strategist specializing in Google+ Local search and content marketing.
He helps small businesses establish online reputation and trust by putting the spotlight on their greatest asset - people.
Ray host the #RayBunch show, a weekly web and podcast featuring news and opinions with a regular panel of marketing and business leaders.