I've seen some questions about why we are removing the "Incoming" stream today, so I thought I'd give some details behind our thinking.

The "Incoming" stream was a part of Google+ from the very start and it served an important purpose at the time to help people discover others on Google+. Since then however we've added a suggested user list, What's Hot, the ability to share circles and in-product search with saved searches. We've also greatly improved our friend suggestion algorithms. These changes all served the same purpose that incoming originally did: connecting people.

Based on your feedback and our user research, we learned that the "Incoming" stream was a very confusing part of Google+. Not surprisingly, this feedback was reflected in very low usage of the "Incoming" stream compared to the rest of Google+, so we decided to remove it and simplify things.

I've also heard that some of you were using the "Incoming" stream to find people who added you to their circles so you can add them back. The full list of those people is still always available in the people editor under "people who have added you -> not yet in circles".

Hope this answers some questions, and see you around the stream!
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