How do you manage your circles
? Here's a few Circle Tips on how I manage mine
I use four basic principle with circle management. Two for organising and two for fine tuning.
and 2: Distribution
The first two principles relate to how I distribute or consume content.
My circles are organised, (except for one special circle), to be either consumption only
or consume and distribute
1 ▶ Consumption only
circles are circles I organise to have a selected "stream view" of content. An example would be my " Car Brand Pages
" circle (recently shared: plus.google.com/+RobertWallis/posts/SFWLiCPdpCR
) which gives me a snapshot of what car brands are up to on Google+. It's a circle I visit
to consume content: not one I post to.
Other examples would be my Googlers circle. That I visit for a quality insight into how Googlers are using the system. It's obviously not as focused as the Car Brands Circle. Again it's not a circle that I would ever post to
. It's just for "consumption". I would, and do, obviously engage
with content in any consumption circle that takes my fancy.
2 ▶ Distribution circles
are more like my "real world" relationships.
They are used both
to consume and to post
Distribution examples would include things like:
"Friends", "Best Friends", "Family" etc. But also circles for "work", built around my work relationships.
I have different circles for the Community Managers I work with across Europe and also broader "work bucket" circles.
Principles 3 & 4 relate to "fine tuning" and "awareness".
3 ▶ Fine tuning
Choosing "Your Circles" when posting doesn't have to mean all
your circles. You can exclude a circle from "Your Circles"
I use this trick to exclude my consumption circles from the "My circles" setting.
I do this so when I post to "My Circles" I am posting to my distribution circles only
Excluding a circle from "Your Circles" seems a little hidden right now. It can be done at circle creation if you create the circle through the mobile App. If you want to change this for any circle you have already created you can do so in the mobile App under circle settings. Edit
: here's a mobile screen-shot where you can see a circle excluded from "My Circles": i.imgur.com/e6K9WH3.png
4 ▶ Awareness
Awareness relates to the one "special circle" I mentioned earlier. It's a circle dedicated
to informing me
of content posted by people I want to keep up with.
These people might be your best friends, an influencer, or just someone who posts really great stuff that you don't want to miss.
For awareness I have a Notify Me
circle. This circle has notifications switched on
. I am notified of posts (only ones I can see) of all posts by people I place in my "Notification Circle".
This "awareness" tip would also be great for those just getting started on Google+. People who haven't yet built a thriving network who may only "pop back" occasionally to see what's going on.
Set up and add some "special people" to your "notify me" circle and let the system ping you when one of those special people posts.
That's it. Hope you have found these tips useful. Please share with others if you think this post will help them