Visual Guide to Circles in Google+

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Sep 27, 2011 (5 years and 11 months ago)

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By Ross Mayfield

A  visual  guide  to  Circles  in  
Google  +  
By  Ross  Mayfield  
Circles  in  are  confusing,  but  are  at  
the  core  of  what  Google  Plus  can  do  
for  you    
By  Ross  Mayfield  
Google  Plus  Circles  are  lists  of  people  
You  can  make  lots  of  circles  to  list  your  
people  
You  can  give  your  Google  Circles  
names  or  
lables
 
The  names  you  give  your  circles  are  
private,  nobody  can  see  how  you  label  
them  
A  circle  is  not  a  group  


Groups  have  membership,  can  be  public  or  
private  and  discoverable  


Note  how  you  can’t  learn  from  the  circles  
other  people  create  


Google  this:  Ridiculously  Easy  Group  Forming  
and  Reed’s  Law  
Facebook
 is  symmetric  sharing,  based  
on  confirmed  Jes  
TwiKer  sharing  is  based  on  asymmetric  
follow  
Google  Plus’s  Circles  are  Asymmetric  
Sharing  
Google  Plus  lets  you  share  publicly,  
extended  or  limited  to  your  circles  
What  you  see  in  your  stream  starts  
with  people  you  share  with  and  
they  share  back.  You  can  see  
menJons.  
Incomping
 is  everyone  
who  shares  with  you  
You  only  see  the  comments  in  threads  
that  someone  is  
enricled
 with  you  
started  
Good  things  about  asymmetric  sharing  
in  Google  Plus’s  Circles:  privacy,  
management,  version  your  profile,  
disable  
reshare
,  latent  connecJon  
Minuses  of  Asymmetric  Sharing