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.
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!