Important Update
May 9th, 2015: The circle sharing feature is deprecated 

Does it make sense to play the game of the #circlejerks ?
During the past months I came across some rather weird g+ profiles and connected pages which made me wonder what people want to achieve here on g+. Even photographers run such pages to keep their profiles "clean". 

I decided to post my personal list of the Circle Sharing Mafia and the cooperators because too many asked me for names which I don't mention to avoid any kind of  "war". It's not my intention to offend people but I completely disagree with the behaviour of many users here. You can check the profiles/pages and decide yourself what you want to do.

This list is of course incomplete but gets updated from time to time. You probably know more such profiles and pages. Feel free to message me or comment if you have objections or remarks.  

More about the topic:
http://karllouis.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-methods-of-g-circle-sharing-mafia.html

One of the most prominent members of the #circlesharingmafia  recently got exposed by +Jaana Nyström - read her post about Justin Matthew:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JaanaNystr%C3%B6m/posts/SZyDWXFHDim

Another excellent post from  +John Skeats  about #circlesharing  I can highly recommend:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnSkeats/posts/YDKh7WkimrS


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In this list are circlejerks and the ones who cooperate with them
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Michael Addi
https://plus.google.com/+michaelAddi1/posts

King Amari
https://plus.google.com/+ZaidAmmari/posts

Thomas Angst
https://plus.google.com/+ThomasAngst/posts

Raffaele Romeo Arena
https://plus.google.com/+RaffaeleRomeoArena/posts

Dubie Bacino - "clean" profile 
https://plus.google.com/+Friendfiler/posts
moderator of
https://plus.google.com/communities/110533309056060602888
https://plus.google.com/communities/113133241873354305551

Robby Ball
https://plus.google.com/+RobbyBall/posts
https://plus.google.com/u/0/118349848776362387948/posts

Mahreza Belly (she is also a copyright infringer)
https://plus.google.com/113665888935274561084/posts

Nikica Beograd
https://plus.google.com/+NikicaBeogradMali/posts

Cristian Bianchi (profile is "clean")
https://plus.google.com/109888686984790078996/posts

Jeff Billings
https://plus.google.com/+JeffBillings/posts

Andrea Bortolini
https://plus.google.com/+AndreaBortolini/posts

Rich Bradford
https://plus.google.com/113291193562795470589/posts

John Brody
https://plus.google.com/101121439952083825641/posts

Chuck from the bronx
https://plus.google.com/+Chuckfromthebronx/posts
https://plus.google.com/+ChuckFromtheBronxOfficial/posts

MichaelButtler
https://plus.google.com/+MichaelButtler/posts

Bonnie Clydes
https://plus.google.com/+BonnieClydes/posts

Ian Collins ? (profile not confirmed)
https://plus.google.com/103293115798339379299/posts
https://plus.google.com/103033650603951119751/posts

Chris Cota
https://plus.google.com/114318216800234601235/posts

Cristina De R.Costa
https://plus.google.com/101785066057243454537/posts
https://plus.google.com/116015807058474816977/posts

Harry Day
https://plus.google.com/117705670885047572993/posts

Delton Doucet
https://plus.google.com/+DeltonDoucet/posts

Krzysztof Felczak (profile is "clean")
https://plus.google.com/107546397597257345624/posts

Rusty Ferguson
https://plus.google.com/+RustyFerguson/posts
https://plus.google.com/+BebotLovers/posts
https://plus.google.com/+Cebuexperience4expats/posts
https://plus.google.com/+Excitingcebu/posts
https://plus.google.com/+ExcitingcebuCebuCity/posts
https://plus.google.com/+ExcitingCebuLocalIIBogoCity/posts
https://plus.google.com/+RustyFergusonexcitingcebu/posts
https://plus.google.com/+Geekswant/about
https://plus.google.com/+RustyFlirtilizerFerguson/posts
https://plus.google.com/+Tantalizingweb/posts
https://plus.google.com/+RWFerguson/posts
https://plus.google.com/+Costoflivinginthephilippines/posts
https://plus.google.com/+StiffyDagger/posts
https://plus.google.com/113984404565287622787/posts
https://plus.google.com/100745215313853937748/posts
https://plus.google.com/107934610109841768237/posts
https://plus.google.com/115901787029603676208/posts
https://plus.google.com/116002717776350895298/posts
https://plus.google.com/113826270813931862555/posts
https://plus.google.com/111630865627214922835/posts
https://plus.google.com/111816812549140938724/posts
https://plus.google.com/110730231606275979151/posts
https://plus.google.com/116341618003656374141/posts
https://plus.google.com/115791086804867763955/posts
https://plus.google.com/104353274196702339931/posts
https://plus.google.com/101189953618996584964/posts
https://plus.google.com/103427930090035049841/posts
https://plus.google.com/111997723607348311030/posts
https://plus.google.com/116836205571466552219/posts
https://plus.google.com/109297637156851183254/posts
https://plus.google.com/110137241981034250013/posts
https://plus.google.com/109007600352387951769/posts
https://plus.google.com/104160811509132443103/posts
https://plus.google.com/111725237103989703081/posts
https://plus.google.com/115415989875972669783/posts
https://plus.google.com/118066054262065630711/posts
https://plus.google.com/111021068455411033244/posts
https://plus.google.com/111158917493360280607/posts
https://plus.google.com/102848934375814487747/posts
https://plus.google.com/104393455457871700908/posts
https://plus.google.com/105434983761441371824/posts
https://plus.google.com/111451650391114572024/posts
https://plus.google.com/115592387188525007882/posts
https://plus.google.com/103410380916572627246/posts
https://plus.google.com/109863449980699081670/posts

Allesandro Folghera
https://plus.google.com/+AlessandroFolghera/posts

JoAnn Freeboom
https://plus.google.com/+JoAnnFreeboom/posts

Charles Fromage (profile is "clean")
https://plus.google.com/104648552668278617504/posts

Billy Funk (Cannabis MLM)
https://plus.google.com/+BillyFunkExtremeNetworker/posts

Frank Gainsford
https://plus.google.com/106390085859774299842/posts

Andrea Gervasi
https://plus.google.com/+AndreaGervasi/posts

Daniel Gibbs
https://plus.google.com/+DanielGibbsplus/posts

Nicolas Green
https://plus.google.com/108510718533630990952/posts

Richard Green (profile is "clean")
https://plus.google.com/103414080000914877780/posts

Chadi Hart
https://plus.google.com/+ChadHart/posts
https://plus.google.com/+Chadillachart/posts

Ismael Hassan
https://plus.google.com/+IsmaelHassan/posts

Bernd Hau
https://plus.google.com/+BerndHau/posts

Will Hawkins
https://plus.google.com/+WillHawkins/posts

Gert Jan Hermus (profile is quite "clean")
https://plus.google.com/+GertJanHermus/posts
https://plus.google.com/106895093205604226112/posts

Auth Icle (profile is "clean")
https://plus.google.com/+Authicle2013/posts

Ryan Johnson
https://plus.google.com/+RyanJohnsonuk/posts

Dominique Keller (profile is "clean")
https://plus.google.com/113854485637235420061/posts

Toni Kelner
https://plus.google.com/u/0/105171119193376342414/posts

Steven Krohn
https://plus.google.com/+StevenKrohn/posts

Edith Kukla (profile is "clean")
https://plus.google.com/110267358356682517740/posts

Erika Lambert
https://plus.google.com/106499960296096857392/posts

Chris Lau
https://plus.google.com/+ChrisLau/posts

Max Magnus Lehnsherr
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MaxMagnusLehnsherr/posts
https://plus.google.com/110932596624634023270/posts

Brandon Leibovitz
https://plus.google.com/+BrandonLeibowitz/posts

Moan Lisa
https://plus.google.com/113719474053577531778/posts

Jason Levy
https://plus.google.com/+JasonLevy/posts

Mariana Lopez de Waard
https://plus.google.com/+MarianaLopezdeWaard/posts

Sinisa Majetic
https://plus.google.com/+sinisamajetic/posts
https://plus.google.com/106667195992359028836/posts

Ishaaq Malik
https://plus.google.com/+IshaaqMalik/posts

Rogerio Manica
https://plus.google.com/+RogerioManica/posts

Peter Marbaise
https://plus.google.com/+PeterMarbaise/posts
https://plus.google.com/100692277190511871448/posts

Tancredi Matranga
https://plus.google.com/+TancrediMatranga/posts
https://plus.google.com/110074298687796454298/posts

Justin Matthew
https://plus.google.com/+JustinMatthewSocialMedia/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JmhhackerSocialMediaTips/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JustinMatthewConsulting/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JustinMatthewEnterprises/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JustinMatthewIndustries/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JmhhackerSEO/posts
https://plus.google.com/+Jmhhackertherecanbeonlyone/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JmhhackerNetworks/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JmhhackerMediaKIng/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JmhhackerScoopit/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JmhhackerCircleShare/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JmhhackerAlwaysOnTop/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JmhhackerInstagram/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JmhhackerKloutTips/posts
https://plus.google.com/+JmhhackerBlogposts/posts
https://plus.google.com/+Monopolizesocialmedia/posts
https://plus.google.com/+MonopolizeSocialMediaApopka/posts
https://plus.google.com/+My7sEcigarettes/about
https://plus.google.com/+My7sblog/posts
https://plus.google.com/116897241088021089490/posts
https://plus.google.com/103184166339215046095/about
https://plus.google.com/103654743473222191567/posts
https://plus.google.com/111042512342457658699/posts
https://plus.google.com/111814522708849707324/about
https://plus.google.com/110074693547641216829/posts
https://plus.google.com/111833151425582875630/posts
https://plus.google.com/114584564037143758711/posts
https://plus.google.com/108869632256313379929/posts
https://plus.google.com/116310913494430221670/about
https://plus.google.com/110586888903222175314/posts
https://plus.google.com/104740891086518682574/posts
https://plus.google.com/105734628875296862746/posts
https://plus.google.com/116717147415175984959/posts

Gary Matthews
https://plus.google.com/+GaryMatthews/posts
https://plus.google.com/117288658355234371100/posts

P. Mehta
https://plus.google.com/+PMehta/posts

Ludovic Moreeuw
https://plus.google.com/+LudovicMoreeuw/posts

Viktor Mulin
https://plus.google.com/100905444720432429291/posts

Gorka Ortiz
https://plus.google.com/+GorkaOrtizPhoto/posts

Pacific Event Lighting
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Pacificeventlighting/posts

Clare Patrick
https://plus.google.com/+ClarePatrick/posts

Çerçeve Paylaş
https://plus.google.com/115859238900423292383/posts

Hazel Payne
https://plus.google.com/116986301633098875439/posts

Bernard Piette
https://plus.google.com/+BernardPiette/posts

Cesare Riccardo
https://plus.google.com/100418018501028526447/posts
https://plus.google.com/101705775375522914451/posts
(Riccardo Lemons)
https://plus.google.com/101255658245500075027/posts

Andi Rivarola (profile is "clean"  ;-)
https://plus.google.com/115895018587730041736/about

Logan Lynn Roberts 
https://plus.google.com/+LoganLynnRobertsLovesPhilly/posts
https://plus.google.com/+Lolovesitsexy/posts

Alessandro Rocchi
https://plus.google.com/117102374191978577636/posts

Dexter Roona
https://plus.google.com/+DexterRoona/posts

Geuko Rooseboom (profile is "clean")
https://plus.google.com/103304973869938182290/posts

Irina Sadokhina
https://plus.google.com/+IrinaSadokhina/posts

Petra Saherl
https://plus.google.com/104489348943451083612/posts

Debashish Samaddar
https://plus.google.com/+DebashishSamaddar/posts
https://plus.google.com/104341136548263004909/posts

Vladimir Samsonov
https://plus.google.com/112713875986710274330/posts

Jan Schellenberger (profile is "clean" - he uses communities)
https://plus.google.com/+JanSchellenberger/posts

AyJay Schibig
https://plus.google.com/113864703042782812265/posts
https://plus.google.com/114423303330772308244/posts

John Sean
https://plus.google.com/100329719321982941421/posts

Chad Sideburn
https://plus.google.com/+ChadSideburn/posts

Amaresh Singh
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AmareshSingh/posts

Robert Skreiner - profile is clean
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RobertSKREINER/posts
https://plus.google.com/u/0/105124330145456519952/posts

Ralf Skirr
https://plus.google.com/+RalfSkirr/posts

Walter Soestbergen
https://plus.google.com/117463252136631302877/posts

Michael Sonntag -"clean" profile but is moderator of:
https://plus.google.com/communities/110533309056060602888

Vita Spira
https://plus.google.com/+vitaspira/posts

Georg Srama ("clean" profile)
https://plus.google.com/113525194523287397828/posts

Daniel Stock
https://plus.google.com/+DanielStock/posts

Rosie Taylor
https://plus.google.com/104547065421101038415/posts

Marlo Angelo Tito
https://plus.google.com/+MarloAngeloTito/posts

Michael Q Todd
https://plus.google.com/+MichaelQToddThe7PillarsBook/posts
https://plus.google.com/112538237907814469462/posts

Yoriko Todd
https://plus.google.com/+YorikoTodd/posts

Catherine Tramell
https://plus.google.com/+CatherineTramellplus/posts

Piotr Tyminski (profile is "clean")
https://plus.google.com/+PiotrTymi%C5%84skiSharing/posts

Miha Ucakar
https://plus.google.com/+MihaU%C4%8Dakar/posts
https://plus.google.com/114306238315218578526/posts

Amig von Hallen
https://plus.google.com/+AmigVonHallen/posts

Christian Virag
https://plus.google.com/+ChristianVirag1/posts
https://plus.google.com/100602286590777360334/posts

Allan Watson
https://plus.google.com/+Allanwatsonuk/posts

Simon Weiner
https://plus.google.com/+SimonWeiner/posts

Noah Wesley
https://plus.google.com/+NoahWesleyTraveller/posts

Andrew Weston
https://plus.google.com/114923771099065223182/posts

Colin Wilson
https://plus.google.com/101777271584869327399/posts

Wanda Wing
https://plus.google.com/+WandaWing/posts

Silvia ZK
https://plus.google.com/102280249216964523686/posts

Carmilita Zotomayor-Riveral
https://plus.google.com/107344463187303149350/posts
https://plus.google.com/105599180788269156461/posts
https://plus.google.com/113969510742475223137/posts
Think before you add or share a circle.

Don't we all know them, the people who promise you everything and keep nothing, like "core multiplying", "snowballing", ... ?
How do you feel when you're forced to "plus", "comment" and "reshare" a circle before the circle sharing mafiosi let's you in his/her "great" circle which has only one purpose: followerhunting?
Don't you also get bored after seeing too many animations and nonsense postings?
And as a professional photographer I have an additional problem that's really starting to annoy me: there are too many users who support copyright infringers. It is absolutely not ok. that some "social media experts" or "SEO specialists" misuse photos of others for their advertising or their "getting popular" strategy.

Please think before you add or share a circle.

Thanks to +Mervik Haums for his free cartoon character.

#circlesharing   #copyright   #copyrightinfringement   #followerhunting  
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