7 Ways Google+ Users Are Getting More Out of Their Circles

Circles happen to be the heart of Google+.  Circles in Google’s +1 are the most important feature which distinguishes Google+ from other Social Medias like Facebook and Twitter.  Learning to use circles properly will help you to achieve better privacy, filtering and increased productivity.

Best Practices to Enjoy the Benefits of Circles

People who regularly use Google+ circles have considerable experience in using its features.  They recommend certain best practices and features to help you enrich the Google+ experience. These recommendations are as follows:  Sourcing, Learning, Deeper Interaction, Filtering, Personal Memos, Organizing, and Preparing for the future.

Sourcing

You can address people who have circled you directly, administer questionnaires to them and use the feedback as a great resource.

Learning

You can organize your circles in accordance to the people who are included in them in accordance to their status quo as Early birds to Google+, C.E.Os, etc., share semi-private posts, and ask questions.

Deeper Interaction

Since the acquaintances in Google+ need not be your mutual friend, it is better to interact with all members of your Circles.  You must try to interact with them in meaningful ways.

Filtering

Unlike users of other Social Media, Google+ users will like to share their contents in specific circles rather than in public.  We must remember that Google+ circles encourage user etiquettes and this will help certain members of your network to receive updates regarding matters in which they are not interested.


Personal Memos

Circles can also be useful to save drafts, articles, or personal memos so that you can read them later.  Forming a Circle of One can serve as a kind of scrapbook, history of private memos or interpersonal notes.  The information stored in these circles must not reach your profile.  For this purpose you can create circles in the following order:

Me:  This is a very simple circle about yourself and you alone included in it, for saving drafts, posts, etc.

Kin:  This is a circle meant for your family members and extended family.

Kith: This circle includes Confidants, Best friends.

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Peers:  This circle includes Colleagues with whom you are working.

Locals: This circle includes Neighbors, parents of friends of your children.

Acquaintances:  people who are known to you, but not friends

Follow:  People whom you might or might not be knowing but following you on Google+

 Watching:  People who post you might be reading, but they may not be reading your posts.

Special:  This circle can include exceptions and special lists.

Future:   Be prepared for any improvement over the existing website and any addition of new feature, you can make guesswork and be prepared for them.

Only recently Google+ has been opened up to all.  In the near future many people will write about their experience in using Google+ , please read them and enrich your knowledge on using Google+.  Please always make it a point to study if any tutorials are published by either Google or any other organizations or individuals either online or in print.  By following the practices discussed in this article, you can enjoy more benefits out of your circles.



Rekha Samavedula