We all know how great Google+ is. But it doesn’t do us any good if we are following a thousand people and they’re all grouped into one “Circle.”
The idea behind the “Circles” feature in Google+ is to allow for advanced sharing across different segments of your real life social circles.
By default Google+ gives you a few circles to choose from, but they are generally broad and not as useful as they can be.
What you can do is create circles that follow some or all of this criteria:
- Topic – Are you really into sewing or writing? Make a “Circle” for those topics.
- Location – Are you following people in a specific city? Do you want to share topical location-based content to only those people? Make a “Circle” for that location.
- Are you following industry specific people or people from a particular organization? Make “Circles” for them as well.
In the end you’ll have a bunch of circles that are laser targeted for specific people, topics, interests and so on.
Now you can decide with ease who gets to see what. Also when people see that you’ve circled them, they often return the favor.
As a side note, posting general links and posts to “Public” is not a bad thing. Just be aware that the whole world both on Google+ and off can see them. “Public” posts are almost instantly indexed into the Google search index.
Editors Note: These are just suggestions. There are so many different ways to use “Circles.” Have fun with them and get organized.
What are you thoughts on “Circles?” How do you setup and organize your followers? Post your thoughts in the comments.