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Crowdsourcing on Google+, Linkedin, and Twitter

Recently a co-worker of mine asked me to leverage social interaction on the internet to get some ideas for an entertaining motivational speaker.  Being the social media proponent that I am, I readily agreed and thought that this would be a great opportunity to see how Google+ and Linkedin would stack up against each other when it came to crowdsourcing.

Starting out I decided to use Linkedin’s “Answers” service.  Here I posted the following:

Who could recommend a motivational speaker that is be both inspiring and entertaining?

I then listed this question in: Business Development, Communication and Public Speaking

I then proceeded to ask the same question on Google+ on my main profile as well through Twitter.

To date these are the results:

Linkedin: 15 answers

Google+: 1

Twitter: 2

Frankly I was shocked.  However, in hindsight this probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to me and I’ll explain why.  On Linkedin, I network as an Open Networker.  In other words, I connect with all professionals that request to connect and try to help individuals connect with one another so as a whole, everyone can benefit from the expertise and professional services that we all have at our disposal.  This as garnered me to date with 811 direct connections on Linkedin and more than 8.2 million in my extended network.  Comparatively here’s what I’m working with to date on Google+: I have 303 people in my circles, but only 145 people have me in their circles.  And with Twitter, I follow 1,416 with 751 people following me.

What I found frustrating, was even though I posted my question publicly on ever network mentioned, I only got answers on two of the networks and of those only people I hadn’t had any connection with before answer my question.  Let me clarify and say that on Google+ one of my friends from Michigan answered me with a link to Chris Farley’s – Motivational Speaker skit.  As much as the video clip didn’t help in what I was trying to accomplish it had me crying with laughter and a lot less frustrated.  Thanks Loren Michael!

In closing from everything I’m seeing I think that Google+ has a lot to offer but with a 145:1 ratio of people who have me in their circles to answers I think I like the numbers of 54.07:1 much better from LinkedIn and Twitter for that matter.  Do I think that Google+ can and will do better in this area of helping people to crowdsource answers and solutions within their own networks and publicly? From everything I am reading on Google+, I do.  Will Google be able to get it right before the buzz for the general public is gone completely?  I believe the jury is still out.  What do you think and what have been the results from your own attempts at crowdsourcing on these and other networks?

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