Occasionally when I post stuff, I get asked to talk about specific topics for my next post… +Scott Bee asked what the hot list was… so… What’s Hot on Google+ … here we go ^_^ This is how I see it.
This is a great new feature on G+ if you want to find out what’s been happening on G+ that people have been chatting and sharing about… posts that have high interaction counts (more +1’s, comments and shares) that have been talked about recently are now listed in a couple places on Google+.
So what does that mean for me?
Well, that depends on how you use your Google+ account and whether you want to find new posts and new people to circle. By showing the top current posts and quick, easy ways of seeing (hopefully!) new and interesting content that you haven’t necessarily seen, especially if you don’t have very many people adding to your main stream or you’ve just joined Google+.
Where do I get to see this magical What’s Hot list?
There’s two places you can see it… if you look on your main stream, you should see the list on the left hand side… underneath the list of your circles and streams. (I’ve posted a photo) There’s a spiffy link to an expandable list. It has a More link at the bottom of the list that comes up like a stream.
The second place you can see the other What’s hot section is at the bottom of your stream (around about where the first More link would be, but it automatically loads more up). This means that when you scroll down and get more posts, it could look like the middle of the stream for you if you’ve been browsing your stream for a while. A quick way of finding it is using the shortcut for searching things on your browser (ie. On a windows machine, it’s generally Ctrl + F) and search for ‘What’s hot on Google+’ It’ll soon pop up as you scroll through the page. Although this second area will only show one post at a time, with a little bar that you can flick through the top 8 by clicking on the < and > link buttons to the top right hand side. (There’s also a handy little link to the main Hot pagehttps://plus.google.com/hot as a header at the top)
How do I get onto the Hot List?
Post resharable, interesting and engaging content where people want to show your post off, comment like mad and generally like the post. *Fingers crossed*, you’ll be jumping out of your circle and into the hot list in no time! You can also help others that you think should be on there too by generally engaging with the content that you think’s interesting. Google+ is all about the sharing, innit?