Google+ is like Facebook without its cozy familiarity. Longer discussion threads without the witticisms of tweets. Who should I follow? Who is following me? Since I feel uncomfortable “following” my email contacts and “creating” circles. I am trying a different strategy.
Follow the leaders of key organizations or the organizations themselves.
Poetry Foundation – (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/) This NYC based arts organization publishes Poetry Magazine and hosts a number of events throughout the US. Other than the RSS feed, this Google+ contact is a useful way to keep in contact with Poetry Foundation’s members throughout the U.S.
Richard Hugo House – (http://hugohouse.org/) Seattle-based literary arts organization. Useful for local contacts
Hugo House also has a great Friday tweet flash fiction club http://hugohouse.org/content/exercises-brevity-twitter-fiction. It seems like a low-key, fun way to meet people.
Poetry Northwest Magazine – ( http://www.poetrynw.org/ ) A Seattle-based literary magazine with a fairly large readership. Mainly the poets discuss upcoming readings.
Here is a link to my Google+ account – https://plus.google.com/u/0/105169525340524271309/posts