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Merge Google Plus Accounts

Chris Moore - Thursday, November 03, 2011

So Google finally release Google+ or Google Apps user on 27th October to the delight of many users like ourselves. Over we headed to Google+ and started on the task of setting ourselves up under our Google Apps accounts having fun in the process... until we discovered we couldn't merge our old @gmail.com based accounts with our sparkley new Apps based account. Oh dear!

Upon further inspection, it seems that this option isn't available at the current time. According to Google, here's what to expect:

"For those of you who’ve already started using Google+ with a personal Google Account and would prefer to use your Google Apps account, we’re building a migration tool to help you move over. With this tool, you won’t have to rebuild your circles, and people who’ve already added you to their circles will automatically be connected to your new profile. We expect this migration option to be ready in a few weeks, so if you’d like, you can go ahead and get started with your Apps account today and merge your connections once the tool is available."

So it seems that it will soon be possible to merge your old Gmail based Google+ account with your new Google Apps based account. We're eaglery counting down the next few weeks when the merging will begin!

We are still left wondering though, will we be able to merge multiple Google Apps accounts in to a single Google+ account?

8th Nov Update

We have just come across a help article from Google+ that suggests moving (not merging) your contacts from one account to another. There are a few ways in which you can do this:

  1. Share your Circles from your old profile with your new one.
  2. Export your contacts from Gmail or Google Contacts. The bonus with this method is that for every person you add to a Circle in Google+, a new contact entry is created either in Gmail or Google Contact. Nice. After you have exported to a CSV file, open your new profile, go to Circles > Find People > Upload Address Book.

There is a catch when using the 'Share your Circles' method - only up to 500 people in a circle will be shared.

The catch when using the 'Export your Contacts' method is that when uploading, Google+ has no way of differentiating between regular contacts and those from your previous Google+ account. The work around is to create a contact group before you do the export.

There is currently no method to transfer uploaded content from one Google+ account to another, although you can transfer your data using Google Takeout.

Google also state, "We're working on solutions to improve Google+ and make migrating your circles easier. We hope to have this ready soon. If you have a lot of connections, you may want to wait before re-creating circles in your new Google+ profile."

How To Make Money On Twitter

Chris Moore - Thursday, January 07, 2010
So you've just joined Twitter or you've been on there a while and haven't made it work to your advantage. You want to see some return on your time and want to know how to make it work for you or your business. Fear not, below are 3 surfire ways to make Twitter work for you:
  1. Get ReTweeted - Bascially with this method, you want your followers to pass along your content to everyone they know. Well if you don't ask, you don't get. So what we're really trying to say is, it's as simple as adding 'please ReTweet' or 'please RT' to the end of your post. For example:
    SynapseMedia Check out our 30 Day FREE Website trial. Includes FREE website templates. Please RT #webdesign
    This will usually prompt people to share your information if they find it useful and/or if they think their friends and followers will too. Don't be affraid to ask. We usually leave around 30 characters spare so people can add their own little customisation as well. You may also like to add some sort of reward for people ReTweeting. This will encourage them even more to pass on your message. For example, you could add on the end of your Tweet 'Please RT and Win A FREE Widget!'

  2. Sell Your Service Or Product - This tip is pretty straight forward. All you need to do is place your price, item title and url, and you're all set. We suggest using a url shortening service like bit.ly if your domain name is longer than one or two sylables. For example:
    SynapseMedia $509 : Online Business Solution and CMS. Get a website now! http://bit.ly/51pbGf - Please RT #webdesign
    With this style of Tweet, you are giving your followers the price and service/product right upfront so there are no suprises when they land on your website. Be sure not to over post these kind of Tweets that are directly selling. People soon get fed up of seeing them and they may end up unfollowing you. Try to limit to 1 per day at most, that way you won't annoy anyone and your offers seem a little more legitimate. After all, who wants to buy something from somewhere when all there items are on sale all the time! It makes you question the real price.

  3. Identify Leads - Ok this one is almost a no-brainer. What do you sell? We'll use Gardening Tools as an example. This is simple really, just head to your Twitter homepage and click in the search box. No go ahead and type in 'gardening' or '#gardening', and voila, you will be presented with a list of people and businesses that have recently had an interesting in Gardening. Now you can do a few things here. 1.) You can follow these people in the hope they will follow you back, 2.) You can direct message (DM) them in relation to their post and hope they follow you, 3.) You can ReTweet (RT) their post and hope they notice and follow you, or 4.) All of the above if you have time! Here's an example:

    The DM
    @JoeBloggs Hey Joe, nice article on #webdesign and #onlinebusiness. We totally agree with your predictions for 2010.
    The RT
    RT@JoeBloggs I just wrote an article on Web Design and Online Business for 2010.
    With this style of Tweet, you are giving your followers the price and service/product right upfront so there are no suprises when they land on your website. Be sure not to over post these kind of Tweets that are directly selling. People soon get fed up of seeing them and they may end up unfollowing you. Try to limit to 1 per day at most, that way you won't annoy anyone and your offers seem a little more legitimate. After all, who wants to buy something from somewhere when all there items are on sale all the time! It makes you question the real price.