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You Want Circles Patent Filings, We've Got Circles Patent Filings

Would you like publicly shared circles that you can request membership in? Or privately shared circles that you can invite people to join?

Will you be able to allow third parties to post to your Google Plus stream (like they can do with Facebook or Twitter) when you give them permission to do so. This might be something that comes with a rumored Google third party commenting system that allows you to post comments outside of Google, and have your comments shared both on those sites and in your Google Plus stream.

The patent applications were published today, and while I've pulled out some possible alternatives described in them, I'm sure I likely missed some interesting ones.

There are three groups of patent filings, each group with applications sharing the same name. The claims and possibly parts of the descriptions differ with each, though.

Anything look interesting to you that I didn't cover?
Google's pending patent applications related to Google Plus describe many of the features available at Google Plus, and some alternatives that may or may not be included within the social network.
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