I have noticed that discussions about Google+ Circles are going round the social network. Therefore, I figured I would put in my 1.5 cents.
Google+ Circles are the circles where you have to place all of your connections on Google+. Sounds simple enough right? Well, people have been going in circles extolling the virtues and benefits of Google+ Circles. Reader Note: In a sarcastic mood, beware bad jokes falling from the sky.
Therefore, I decided let’s extoll the virtues and downfalls of Google+ Circles. Below you will find more about these virtues and downfalls.
Google+ Circles Virtues
- Easy way to differentiate users on Google+. Acknowledges what Facebook does begrudgingly, Twitter barely does, and LinkedIn not so much.
- You can actually send messages to specific groups of people. Think about sending messages only to people part of a certain tribe or organization so they can communicate more effectively.
- This brings in a level of organization to your connections to your connections that you do not have on other social networks.
- It is a circle. You get to go round and round.
Google+ Circles Downfalls
- It is hard to see the entire circle without zooming out on my screen. I work off my laptop, so this might be different for other users, but unless I zoom out to an almost unreadable distance I can not see the bottom of the circle. There is something formatted wrong there, because I have been on clients computers with them on Google+ and seen the same thing.
- Google+ Circles are a bit of a pain when you are adding connections. As I go through my close connections, the darn circles thing keeps popping up. It is a minor annoyance, but those things add up for people.
- They limit the number of circles you have. The great thing about Facebook is that I have close to 100 lists separating different friends into categories. While, I could talk about how Facebook has recently flubbed the use of their lists, I like the fact that they do not limit my usage. G+ get off your circle and allow people to add unlimited circles.
- What about squares? Then we could call other G+ users squares! No, maybe, maybe not?
So, this is my in-depth analysis of Google+ Circles. I hope you have learned a little more about these tools, and want to connect with everyone on Google+ soon. May the Google+ Circles be with you!
Thanks, Andy, for sharing both the advantages and disadvantages of Google+. I have not yet started using it, but with all the hype surrounding its launch, I am sure I will start using it soon.
Take care, and have a great day.
It is a terrific platform!
Andy, I think that it is safe to say that any system will have its pros and cons, especially something as new as Google+.
I have just seen a chart showing the G+ reached 10,000 users in 16 days whereas Twitter took 780 days and Facebook 852 days. Amazing, but I suppose that they have got a captive audience to start with.
I just a newer one that stated that G+ just hit 20M in 24 days.
That’s a clear overview of the basics you given there Andy.
I’m sure that’s helped a few people gain clarity… there has been lots of chatter about it.
I was lucky enough to grab a nice short vanity url http://plus.ly/sadie 🙂
Everywhere else I’d missed the boat with just sadie!
Thanks for the heads up about the vanity url. I did not realize they were doing that yet. Just added mine.
I think it would be kind of cool if people could request or sorta opt in to a certain circle, maybe in the way a person asks for a friend request. It would be a way for people to filter what messages they received from others.
That could be a feature in the future for Google+. The service is still only 1.5 months old, if that. They have a lot more to offer.