Thursday, May 28

Running In Circles

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This animated Gif is a good example of how our circles interact on Google Plus.

Google+ and circles has been so misunderstood by newbies. Choose one and you are viewing everyone’s content in that circle that is posting at that time. Change your circle and you have a different view. That's what circles are used for but there's more.

Even old timers will tell you that circles can be confusing. You will find yourself asking:

  • How many circles should I have?
  • If someone adds me do I have to add them back?
  • Why have circles at all?
  • Should I trade circles (Circlesharing)?
  • Will someone know when I circle them or when I don't?

These are just a few of the questions that could have you running in circles but armed with a few facts you will be using them to your advantage.

Followers Circles-What?!

When I started Google+ I didn't know what circles were used for and I couldn't put them together as to how they worked. When I saw Circlesharing in action and I wasn't in that group of people I was confused and taken aback. I wondered why wasn't I in those circles and why share them?

I remember grabbing the Jack Crawford circle before I even had my own circles started. Everyone talked about that circle so I was ready for some Google+ action. After adding it nothing changed so I was stymied and a little angry. I was missing an important piece of the puzzle and wondered what it was.

The Secret Of Circles

Circles are people you decide to follow. If you follow someone it’s making them a daily friend because you will see their posts when you use the circle and they post. You don’t have to ask them to be your friend or wait for an answer you can build and use your circles immediately.

You want to make your circles about friends, interests, or what you want to see online because whether you trade them or not it’s your own unique view of Google+. Each circle you make will offer you a different view than the public view (or stream.) It depends on how many circles you make as to how many “views” you’ll have.

If you were to trade one circle of yours the people in the circle will be traded so make sure and include yourself in each one. Everyone eventually gets bored with their own circles and wants something different so they do trade.

Don’t worry about what other people are doing they are doing the same thing and no one should take this process personally. Google+ was designed to be used this way and anyone who gives you grief about it should be blocked.

Facts About Followers

Followers are people who decide to circle you by personal choice. It’s what the other side is doing while you make your circles. It’s not the amount of people you circle (follow) it’s the amount of people who follow you that counts.

When you start to gain followers you are notified as to how many on your profile and given a score based on different parameters like sex, country, etc. Some people (famous or otherwise) are actually at the limit (there is one and don’t ask me what it is) of how many people they can follow at once but you won’t have to worry about that. Lol!

The rest of have to work for followers by posting great content and giving out good conversation. You can’t buy, beg or borrow followers they have a mind of their own and you must learn what they want to get them.

People will try to encourage or ask people to follow and plus them. Not a good idea it can backfire when people decide you are begging for it. Not only can this turn people off but unless strangers want to see your content everyday you will lose them again. When you follow you can be as fickle as you please about it.

The other reason people trade circles (circle sharing) is to secure higher numbers of followers. The belief is if you follow someone else they will follow you back but good luck with that on any long term basis. However some people swear by it.

It’s a fun challenge to post enough good content to please the public stream and accumulate followers. I like finding and creating rich content and I expect to have many followers someday but we all have aspirations as to what we want out of our online experience which is the beauty of a system like this.

Remember that people trade circles for 2 reasons. One is to meet new people and get a fresh view of content and the other is to gain followers. There is no award for having thousands of followers just the satisfaction of getting along and networking with awesome people.

Some Things To Remember

  • Circles can be deleted if they aren’t working-just start another.
  • You can follow G+ public (without any circles) and you will still gain followers.
  • Trading circles is fine and gives you another way to view G+.
  • If you delete a circle it’s not personal don't make it.
  • Some of the people with the most followers don’t circle anyone.
  • You can have as many circles as you want.
  • Followers are people who have circled you.
  • Include yourself in all your circles, everyone does.
  • No one has a say about who you follow, circle and who you don’t.
  • Having thousands of followers does not ensure popularity.

 Miscellaneous Facts

Learn how to block someone and use it liberally. There are new people to meet and life is too short to deal with strangers who mistreat you. Some people join social networks (like bullies in the real world) who only want to hurt or start arguments with you and if you let them you are playing into their sick schemes. Use caution, block but don’t be afraid of people most of them want to engage agreeably.

Have fun!

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