Google Circles are a central feature to Google Plus and in this user guide you will get a step-by-step approach to how you have use them best to tailor your experience even more.
What then are Google Circles?
Google Circles are a way to group people together based around the relation you have with people. You may have circles for different members of your family, work colleagues, interest groups etc.
Below is the system I use to tame the flow in my Stream…
So, how do you find your circles on Google Plus?
Click on ‘people’ on the left hand bar…
On this screen, you can connect with people with whom you want e.g. school and University contacts, as well as other suggestions from contacts.
Next, click on ‘your circles’ at the top bar to get to the page where you can organise your circles…
You can also decrease/increase circle size. Also view ‘blocked’ and ‘ignored’ contacts as well.
If you select a contact, you will see which circles people are in – you can tell this as the circles have a bold surround e.g. the notify and Kawasaki promotions below have Guy Kawaski.
How do you add people into circles within this section?
How do you edit, delete or share circles?
When you hover over a circle you will see three icons:
How else can you add people into circles?
Anytime you hover over someones name and they light up (i.e. are hyperlinked) then you can add them into a circle then and there.
How do circles affect the content you see on Google Plus?
The content you see in ‘Home Stream’ your Google Plus stream comes from three places:
1. The people you add to ‘circles’
2. The communities to which you belong, and…
3. ‘What’s hot’ list
Each of these three create content flows into your ‘Home Stream’ based upon the settings you have for each and every one.
As you can see below, I am illustrating this using my ‘notify’ circle – this is a circle I’ve set up for people whose content I dont want to miss.
You see the bell is ‘red’ – this means notify. Also, you see the ‘show posts in Home stream’ box is checked? Well, this added to ‘More’ as the option determines how much content I will receive in my home stream. Change it to ‘Standard’ or ‘Fewer’ and I will receive less content in that Home stream.
Now you have an idea of how to adjust the settings on circles, you may well want to watch this video that has been well received as a system I call ‘FLOW’ in the stream. Note: this video is from the old design on the platform but still 100% valid in its principles…
As you will see, by muting all the circles with the people from whom you don’t want to see content, you can get in control of the stream much better.
Circles may spin your head a little to start with but in time you will find that an awesome way of differentiating to ‘whom’ to send ‘what’ content, as well as ‘what’ you want to see in your stream as well.