I've seen several people get on Google+ and post something to this affect: "Okay, I'm here. Now what?"
Here's a little bit of 'now what'. Click on the link below to the Brogan post for a really good beginner's walk-through.
What I love about it is that it combines the best aspects of Twitter and Facebook. Like Facebook, it allows you to comment on other's posts and engage in conversation, and that conversation can go on over several days and won't get quickly lost in the feed stream as it does in Twitter. Unlike Twitter, you can also see comments made by people you are not following, so you don't miss chunks of the dialogue.
However, unlike Facebook, you are able to follow anyone you want. You don't need to be 'friends' and they don't need to allow others to 'subscribe'. So if you like someone's comment on a post, you can click through to their profile and wall and learn more about them. If they post content that's interesting to you, you can follow them and their posts will now appear in your stream.
So I can follow Chris Brogan or Scott Beale, even if they don't know me from Adam. And that is how I found links like this:
Start Now on Google Plus - A primer from Brogan on how to get started on Google Plus
SEO for non-dicks - Thank you, Matt Legend, for making the distinction
If you find interesting videos or photos, you can post those as well:
You can also create different groups to keep track of your connections. If you post something, you can choose whether you want it to be seen just by a particular group, or by everyone.
So if you've been wondering whether you should take the leap, I vote yes. If, like me, you have absolutely no time for yet another social media platform to manage, do it anyway. And look me up under Wanderlust Lust.
Follow Bern Morley, too. Her posts will make you laugh.