You can find all of those Google+ users and more on the unofficial Google+ recommended users website by Alireza Yavari.
…surely I can’t be the only one that has one!
You know the circle I mean, right? That special circle we create in our Google+ profile where we reserve a space for complete and utter strangers that won’t even so much as send you a post just to say “Hi” and give you a brief intro into who they are and why they follow you. AllGooglePlus guest blogger, Fernando Fonseca brought this up in one of his Google+ posts (which I can’t find right now so I haven’t linked to it…).
Okay, so you might not have one called “Who the hell?” – it might be called “WTF“, or “Stream Spamming Mother F**kers” or even “Don’t ever click on this circle”…
Tonight I decided to create my first “Who the hell?” circle and have started adding some Geeps (<—see what I did there?) in it which I a) have absolutely minus zero in common with me and b) who seem to just have circled me to boost their own “circumference” <—see what I did there again? Boom!
Go forth and create your “Who the hell?” circle while I have another sip of my Cabernet Sauvignon ;-)
Ahmed Zeeshan shared this really helpful post on Google+ on how to divide, nest and prioritise your Google+ circles. A lot of you have been having problems organising your circles and our post on re-organising circles has generated a lot of traffic.
Ahmed has shared this guide and we hope it helps you organise your Circles in a logical manner until such time as there is some other way of doing so.
There have been many articles and posts explaining the use and power of circles but there haven’t been any decent and practical examples to demonstrate that. Therefore, inspired by the excellent ideas of +Chris Cho and +Jacqueline Passey Mason, I’ve reorganized, prioritized and nested my circles. This is to show you the true potential of circles.
First, we need to understand that a Google+ Circle has two main functions, sharing and streaming:
Sharing (output): This is content that you publish. Depending on your real-life relationship with your contacts, the information you share will not be the same for your different social circles. At the same time, your social circles may overlap. This means one person may be a part of two different circles at the same time.
Streaming (input): This is content that your contacts stream to your Google+ homepage. Streaming is different from sharing in the sense that streams depend more on your interests rather than your relationships.
Hence, to achieve more control over your circles, I believe it is necessary to divide them between sharing and streaming.
Since, my sharing circles can overlap, I decided to further nest and prioritize them based on my real-life relationships with the people in my contacts list. On the other hand, my streaming circles are interest based. Hence, they’re sub-divided by interests and do not necessarily need nesting.
Now, to achieve all this in Google+ is simple. Here is how I did it:
1.3: High School
4: The Internet
4.1: Added Me
s: Tech Talk
This arrangement now makes my sharing and streaming a lot easier to manage:
- If I want to send out information I will only use the sharing circles. If I want to share with my College and Close friends, but not my High school friends, then I will tag 1.1, 1.2 but not 1.3. If I want to share with all my friends I will just tag 1 because it contains everyone from 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4.
- Similarly, if I want to know what my contacts are saying about Android, I will click on the s: Android streaming circle in my stream. If I want to know what my Family has been upto, I will click on the s: Family circle and so on.
Using this method will give you all more control with how you share and view information on Google+. While other social networking sites have also offered similar subdivision of contacts, they are by no means as easy and simple to use as on Google+.
I have also attached a screenshot below to show how the prioritizing and nesting looks on Google+.
+Alma Whitten (regarding nesting automation): If you want Circle A to contain Circle B, it’s easy to select all of Circle B and drag it into Circle A, and since it de-dups you can do this kind of mindlessly to keep it fresh. What you can’t do is define Circle A as containing Circle B so that if you remove someone from Circle A they’re automatically removed from Circle B. So far I’m finding that okay though because when I’m removing someone it tends to be person-centric and it’s easy enough to manually remove them from both.
(an empty circle for note-taking): This idea has been widely publicized on Google+ so far. The concept is simple where you can use an empty circle to save any ideas/bookmarks/draft-shares/pictures/posts for easy access later as per your convenience.
What more can we say except to be cautious as to who you stick in your Circles? :-)
Just another flash in the pan? Or a Game changer?
Google+ is quite the breath of fresh air, and one that makes so much sense in a world of social interaction. In my most humble opinon, it’s everything that Facebook should have been and everything that Twitter isn’t.
To me, its a hybrid of social networks and takes the best of breeds from networks like Facebook and Twitter where people can interact with people, search results, brands and anything else that doesnt have to follow them back in order for interaction to exist.
I am slowly seeing the bigger picture with G+ and starting with Gmail interactivity, the integration thats possible with G+ is what is going to set the pace for the future of social networks
The growth has been phenomenal with so many people on the uptake and its quite refreshing to read and interact with people that have been in my “Google circles” long prior to Google+.
I’ve been a Gmail user since the beginning and over the years I have made contacts, deal, friends, leads and aquaintances that have long since been buried in my contacts only to resurface now and G+ is allowing me to rekindle some of those professional relationships in a way that Facebook could never.
After the failures of Wave and Buzz, many would have thought that Google would have given up on the social race but the social space is still growing, while more and more brands are realizing the importance of social interaction so the niche is booming while still in its infancy and Google isn’t the type of company to take defeat and back off, instead they went away, revised a plan and came back stronger than ever.
MySpace was revolutionary, Facebook was evolutionary and Google+ is a game changer.
I’m not saying that Facebook and Twitter are going to die a MySpace death, but Google+ will definitely hurt them, and judging by the rapid uptake already, it seems as though the inevitable is going to happen sooner rather than later.
That being said, there is one fatal flaw which I would love if Google find a way around this, what about those people who have more than 1 Gmail account? For someone like myself who has used multiple Gmail accounts for various reasons, this means that my contacts are split across 2 Google+, but I only want to use one. Sure I can export my contacts from one and import to the other but that doesn’t help me merge the 2 accounts seamlessly when people are adding one account to their circles which is a lesser used account.
Merging of accounts is on my wish list for Christmas but until then, I’m happy tinkering around with my new found toy.
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