So what exactly is Google + ? It's a direct competitor to Facebook. Why am I interested in adding another layer of social media to my repertoire? I love engaging with readers and other foodies & mainly because, in recent months, Facebook has been manipulating what "followers" see in their news feeds. The translation here is that if I don't pay to have my blog posts, updates and shares distributed on Facebook then a fraction of my followers will see my latest updates. For example, I shared another bloggers funny quote & photo on December 4th & in the past 4 days only 30 of my 108 followers were able to organically (in their news feed) view it. It's sort of like being a public speaker at an event and of the 100 people in the audience, 70 people are wearing ear plugs. Booo.
I'm also a new member of a few "Communities". Communities brings like minded individuals together for private conversations within the community, sharing & collaborating. It's hosted by a moderator & it's a great place for folks to discuss technology, brands, marketing and so on. It features "Hangout" video chats & an events calendar. Oh & guess what?! Posts show up in our news feeds. Imagine that!
If you're a food blogger you may consider dropping by Chef Dennis' site. You can find him here: http://www.askchefdennis.com/ He is the moderator of one of the "communities" & all food bloggers are welcome!
By the way, here's where to find me on Google+: Purple Oven Mitt, Google+
This week it's two cheers for Google & for a cheesy baked tomato recipe!
Baked Tomato with Feta, Breadcrumbs & Green Onion
- 4 Roma tomatoes, halved & flesh removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons italian bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons diced green onions
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
Place halved tomatoes in a baking dish. Add cheese, bread crumbs & green onions. Drizzle with olive oil.
Bake 375 for 20 minutes.