Aug
31

Take Advantage of the Circles on Google+

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Google Plus is this great new medium where we can connect, interact, have fun, meet and greet. It’s an excellent platform for getting to know people, staying connected with people.

How can you get more from the circle concept that they created on Google+?

A circle, if you’re familiar with Facebook or Twitter, is like a Facebook friends list or perhaps one of your private Twitter lists. The concept is the same, you’re putting like-minded people together, or people that have something in common in a circle, like all your family, all your friends, all your business associates, all the people you met at a certain conference. That is the basic way to use Google Circle.

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You can organize by category or relationship or both. Whatever works for you, it’s very flexible. The other awesome thing that you can do is you can create a poll. You can create polls for people in a specific circle, or for people in all your circles. You can identify which circles you want to send the poll to, and ask questions, find out. If you’re going to create a new product find out what are people looking for, what is it that they need right now, and then create that product. So create a poll and ask.

You can also interact in fun ways with your followers. One of the things that I love to do is share the silly stories and the silly pictures that happen with my dog. They are very entertaining, and for my friends on Google Plus who are also dog lovers they thoroughly enjoy them.

You can learn from your friends in your Google circle. I see little bits and pieces of things every day of people posting little bits of information that go “oh”, that’s a good thing, I could use that over here, or I could use that over there. When you keep your eyes open and you’re reading the different things that the people in your circles have posted then it’s just an absolute gold mine of information.

You can filter your posts for specific circles. You only want to take a look at one specific circle for the moment you can go in and you can take a look and see who’s who and who’s talking and who has what to share, find some new information.

Get in there and use the Google circles. You may find that you like it better than Facebook or Twitter, but you do have to get started, you do have to get them set up, and Google has some excellent tools to help you get started and get that happening.

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  1. Thanks for this really helpful information Carla. I finally accepted an invite and joined Google Plus, got as far as filling out my profile and added a couple of ‘friends’ and then hit the wall. It’s not difficult, it’s just yet another thing to suck up my time … I needed a push to keep the benefits in my head along with all the balls I’m juggling in the air. Thanks!

  2. Hi Carla!

    WOW, I’m glad you wrote this! you explained it so well. I have been debating on whether to jump inside Google + but I think your post gave me the nudge I need!

    The way you explained it with the circles is pretty neat and makes it things much more clear on how it works! I really like the poll feature, thats awesome!

    Thanks again!

  3. True this is really great. Circles can be used to avoid sending messages to everyone when you may only want specific people to see them. There are actually lots of advantage with this Google+ Circles. Something to really take advantage of..

    Jeff

  4. True this is really great. Circles can be used to avoid sending messages to everyone when you may only want specific people to see them. There are actually lots of advantage with this Google+ Circles. Something to really take advantage of..

    Jeff

  5. Hey Carla

    I have to admit I really like the concept of google circles.

    It fits how I think about organizing friends and acquaintances.

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    Peter

  6. Carla McNeil says:

    Thanks Peter, Ya I think they’re pretty cool too. At first it was “no way, not another one” but not now.

  7. Paul Reimers says:

    Thanks for focusing on a specific aspect of Google + and explaining it so clearly.

    One thing I like about circles is that it is similar to Facebook Friend Lists as you pointed out, but what I think has been added is their making them more of a central feature. A lot of people I know don’t actively use the Friends Lists on FB.

  8. Hi Carla,
    I just heard the other day that Google + is close to surpassing FB and FB will be coming out with new features to stay #1. And so the competition begins .. what will they think up next? I’ll have to go back to G+ and see what’s happening, thanks for the review!

  9. Holly says:

    I am on Google+ but haven’t done much yet. Thanks for the poke to get at it!! Sounds like I will have to come back and learn more!!

  10. I feel a lot like Marquita. I do have a Google+ account; however, I have done very little with it. I do not need one more thing to steal my limited time. I started off spending time on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Now I only allocate a small portion of each week day to ONE of these sites.

  11. I have no jumped into Google+ because of the time factor. I still learning FB and tring to get posts up. I see the benefit of Google+ because of the circles. There are some people who don’t care about your business and then there are some people who will constantly talk about going clubbing. Either way, I think Google+ gives you the ability not to have to block certain people and not bother others with things that they are not interested in.

  12. Carla McNeil says:

    Joyce you are so right not to overwhelm yourself!

    Because if you do you’ll accomplish even less!
    (voice of experience here 🙂

  13. Hi Carla:

    I still haven’t made the time yet to explore Google+. It sounds like it has some great options. I am going to check it out soon.

    Kevin

  14. I tried to sign up for google plus and each time I tried I got this message:

    “Google+ is in limited Field Trial
    Right now, we’re testing with a small number of people, but it won’t be long before the Google+ project is ready for everyone. Leave us your email address and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know when we’re ready to invite more people.
    Keep Me Posted. Already invited? We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.”

    Seems like I can’t move beyond the above message. Am I doing anything wrong? or do I have to be invited? Thanks for sharing your experience with it. Sounds like it is definitely a good social site to connect.

  15. Carla McNeil says:

    Liz, I’ll check to see if I have any invitations left!

  16. Thanks Carla. Would really appreciate. Have a great day!

  17. Hi Carla, great explanation of circles! It seems like the Facebook lists are quite similar, especially now FB is helping by making suggestions of what friends to put in what list, and even making up lists.

    Don’t you love competition?

    bye for now, Julieanne
    Julieanne van Zyl recently posted..Network Marketing Business Nurturing system

  18. Hello Carla

    Excellent explanation of circles. Based on what little I know about Google+ was not effectively using the circles. Thanks to your post my use of the circles will be more effective.

    Thanks

    Perry A Davis Jr
    Music City
    Perry A Davis Jr @Network Marketing Nut and Bolts that make building your business Fun, Simple, Magical and Profitable.s recently posted..The art of influence and persuasion.

  19. Carla McNeil says:

    Thanks for Sharing it on facebook too Perry!

  20. Kyle Quinlan says:

    Google+ huh? I guess I’m going to have to check it out to see what all the hype is about. Thanks for the easy to understand explanation.
    Kyle Quinlan recently posted..Reach For The Stars… And Another Productivity Tip

  21. Great post, Carla! Thank you so much for teaching this. I am slowly but surely learning about Google +, but I think that there is a lot to be said for this platform and some of the ways that they have put out there so we can all figure out what might be a better way to communicate online.
    Steve Nicholas recently posted..Life on Auto-Pilot

  22. Carla McNeil says:

    Agreed Steve, and they have only just begun!

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