Google Plus Circles act in similar fashion to Twitter Lists in allowing you to filter out a particular subset of friends or followers. Be sure to check out my tips for Google Plus circle categories if you haven’t set your Google Plus circles yet.
With your circles set up, and friends/acquaintances properly placed into one or more of the circles, it becomes much easier to manage the online conversation and to target your online messages.
Managing Conversation and Time With Circles
If you are particularly pressed for time, just click over to your Besties circle and see if anyone has announced a new baby, been promoted or experienced another life-change that you need to acknowledge.
When you’re working on a blog post, or editorial calendar for a particular site, check out your Niche circle and see what others are buzzing about.
Feeling unmotivated and in need of an enthusiasm jolt? Limit your stream to just your Thought Leader Circle and be motivated, challenged and pushed to the next level.
Need to ask a specific question of other bloggers in more than 140 characters? Send a message to your Blog Accountability Circle. And while you’re there see if there’s a way you can help them stumble or comment on a post or two they’ve recently posted.
Leave your full stream on to check out what everyone is sharing in general when you have time to browse. You never know when you’ll stumble across a gem. But by implementing the circles when necessary you can better manage the noise and conversation found in online social networks.
Using Google Plus Circles to Control Who Hears You
One important key I haven’t seen people implement enough, or take advantage of enough, is the ability to tailor a message that you broadcast to a specific circle. While many posts or status updates can be public or shared with all your circles, there are times when you may not want to share with the public at large.
Google Plus Circles can be selected when you are SHARING a message! Not everyone may want to hear about the local playdate you’re arranging – a local circle is perfect for that. Perhaps your audience is diverse and doesn’t all share your political views – you can create a circle for that too.
When creating your Google Plus Circles be sure to set up circles by people you want to hear from together AND for people who want to hear specific types of updates. It may seem like extra work at first, but you will thank me for years to come.
With Google Plus Circles conversation management goes both ways. Brilliant!
I’m still experimenting with Google Plus and especially still testing out the circles. How have you used Google Plus Circles to help you manage online conversations?