Enlarging on Google+ Circles

Hi everyone,

In my last blog post ‘A Newbie on Google+’ I talked about Google+ circles. I would now like to enlarge more on these circles, and explain how you can categorize all your connections and so keep them completely separate, if that is what you wish to do.

Google+ Circles

Each Google+ circle represents a defined group of people to whom you are connected.

They can be categorized in whatever way you wish. For example you could have circles for:

Google+ Circles

You and Your Circles

  1.  family,
  2. current friends,
  3. old school friends,
  4. work colleagues,
  5. prospects,
  6. buyers,
  7. affiliates.

 

There is no limit to the number of different circles you can create in which to place individuals.

These individuals are not restricted to being in only one circle; you can choose to place each person in as many different circles that are relevant. A friend who as well as being in your friends’ circle might also be in any of your other circles. For example, work colleagues and darts team.

All your connections are shown as individual images on ‘your circles’ page, your circles are shown below these images. To move an individual to any chosen circle just drag and drop their image into the relevant circle.

Remember that people will know they are included in your circles, but only you will know which circles they are actually in. Your connections will not know the names of any of your circles.

Bringing in New People to your Google+ Circles

There are different ways in which you can add these new people. In the ‘people’ menu:

  1. Check out the page ‘Have you in circles’. You will see from here who has added you to their circles, and you can reciprocate if you wish.
  2. Check out the page ‘Find people’. You are presented with images of people you may wish to add to your circles. They maybe friends of friends
  3. Search for them by name in the Google+ search box.

Who Can Read Your Posts

When you make a post on Google+ you can choose which individuals or circles of individuals will be able to read it. The alternative to this is to make the post public, so that everyone can read it when they log in.

How This Works

  1. Only those people who are in your circles and who have added you to their circles will be able to see your posts.
  2. Those people whom you have added to your circles but who have not reciprocated will not be able to read your posts, unless they are public posts.
  3. It also works in the opposite direction. You will not be able to read posts of those people not in your circles, unless they are public posts.

Conclusion

The whole idea of Google+ is to help you manage your connections in an easy manner.

Google+ helps us to keep control of the different aspects of our lives whilst using this social media platform. For example, this is done by keeping the posts to friends and the posts to work colleagues or customers completely separate from each other.

Please let me know if this article has explained circles so that you now understand them better.

 

Take care

Pauline

Image credit: kovaleff / 123RF Stock Photo

18 Comments

  • Peter Jackson

    Reply Reply March 31, 2014

    Hi Pauline.

    I’ve been a bit wary of using Google+, but now after your explanation I think I’ll give it a go, especially due to the fact it makes it easy to keep certain elements apart.

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 31, 2014

      Hi Peter,

      Yes, keeping the various groups apart is the most important aspect of Google+, to me at any rate.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Jan Kearney

    Reply Reply March 31, 2014

    Nice description of circles and who can see updates. G+ can be overwhelming for new users!

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 31, 2014

      Hi Jan,
      Yes to begin with I think Google+ is a bit overpowering.
      Just have to go through it step by step.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Steven Spiller

    Reply Reply March 31, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    Great followup to your other post on Google+ circles. Looks like you are becoming an expert on Google+. Will be coming back to see what you have for us next!

    Have fun,
    Fred

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 31, 2014

      Hi Fred,

      The more I investigate, the more I find.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Torsten Müller

    Reply Reply March 30, 2014

    You explained the Google+ circles very well, Pauline, so that also newbies to Google+ will understand the concept behind circles and how to share content only with a limited amount of people.

    Well done and keep up the great work,
    Torsten

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 31, 2014

      Hi Torsten,
      Thank you for visiting. There are some things that are not obvious straight away, such as the sharing concept.

      Pauline

  • Andrew

    Reply Reply March 30, 2014

    Thanks Pauline for the post I will be referring to this when I get round to revving up Google +, I have it set up but haven’t done anything meaningful with it yet.

    Andrew

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 31, 2014

      Thank you for your comments Andrew.

      I am still trying to get to grips with it myself. I have bought Sue’s GooGle Plus and I must get stuck into it.

  • Keith Dean

    Reply Reply March 29, 2014

    Great post about Google+ Pauline. I use this extensively to get new clients by putting prospects in particular niches in their own circles. I make sure that they are under 500 as then I can post to the circle AND email them at the same time!

    Thanks
    Keith

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 29, 2014

      Thank your for your comments Keith.
      I didn’t realise that the circles had to be kept under 500 so that you can email them as well.
      Something else I’ve learned. Thank you.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Sky Nealon

    Reply Reply March 29, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    Another useful and insightful post about Google+, , and thank you for explaining more details about the circle feature. I have bookmarked your post for future reference as I’m sure it will become very handy once I start to explore Google+ a bit more, and leverage it for it’s potential to make connection with other like minded friends and marketers.

    Kind regards
    Sky

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 29, 2014

      Thank you Sky,
      I think a greater understanding of Google+ will benefit us all.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • David Bay

    Reply Reply March 29, 2014

    I am guilt of not having explored Google+ enough. Rest assured though, with your post I am encouraged to bump it up my list. I have used circles as a good way to remember where I met someone! It helps!

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 29, 2014

      Thank you for visiting David.
      I still have so much to discover about Google+.
      I don’t know what I will come across next.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Selma Mariudottir

    Reply Reply March 29, 2014

    Very useful article Pauline.

    This will help all the new starters and those who don’t understand G+

    Regards,
    Selma

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 30, 2014

      Thank you Selma,
      I do hope to help all the new people on Google+

      Take care
      Pauline

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