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December 4, 2015

How to keep an eye on comments on your posts on Google+

If you've started posting on Google+, one of the first things that you will notice is that most of the comments are much more thoughtful. As a failed social media site, Google+ was never as fun and goofy and Facebook, where most of the comments are "LOL!" and "my cat jumps just like that!" and that sort of thing. Google+ is a place of shared ideas and interests, and comments can be as interesting as posts. So they're fun to read, and as always, it's important to keep an eye on them.

I've done thousands of posts on Google+ over the years, on subjects ranging from Historic Phoenix to Cartoon Illustration, and since the posts get indexed on Google, people who search on Google find them, and comment on them, sometimes years after they're written. So there's no way that I can just scroll through my posts and look. I need to be notified, and Google+ does it in several ways. The most basic way to see notifications for your posts is on your Google+, at the upper right hand corner of your page. Look up there by your face.

Google+ Comments Notifications. Left - no comments (bell), right 4 comments

If you see a little icon next to your face that looks like a bell, then you have no notifications. If there's a number in there, you do. You can either go to every post with a comment or just read them there, and mark as read. Oddly enough, with the latest redesign of Google+, in November of 2015, the red bar makes what used to be a red dot for the notification not stand out very much, so it's easy to miss nowadays.

Of course, if you have the app on your phone, or tablet, the notifications (a red dot with a number) shows up on your screen. From there you go look at your page and select notifications (which is along the bottom). I have Google+ on my phone, but mostly I use it on my desktop, as it tends to be a place where I do more than write "LOL" and look at pictures of cats. Don't get me wrong, I love Facebook, but Google+ is different.

By the way, if you're used to Facebook, which is a place for friends and family, Google+ will feel kind'a strange. If you, for example, write an excellent post about a James Bond movie, you will probably be surprised to see several comments on your post from total strangers. Don't feel obligated to respond to everyone, although you can. This is the beginning of your audience, who will probably be your followers. This is a window to the largest audience in the world, the internet, as indexed by Google. And yeah, sad to say, sometimes there's spam, so delete those as quickly as possible.

Now go write some most great stuff on Google+! And keep up with the comments, and the good work!

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