Friday, July 1, 2011

Got your hands on a Google+ invite? How to Create Circles in Google+

Got your hands on a Google+ invite? How to Create Circles in Google+: "
Google+ is Google's new social networking tool, currently accessible by invite only. One of its unique features is its easy way to create groups of friends via circles. Once you have a circle of friends, you can easily chat, hang out, share articles, and more with all of them.

Edit Steps


  1. Go to the Google+ toolbar near the top of your webpage browser and click on your name. In the box that pops up, click 'Circles.'

    Go to the Google+ toolbar near the top of your webpage browser and click on your name.
    Go to the Google+ toolbar near the top of your webpage browser and click on your name.

  2. This will open your Circles page in a new window. Drag a friend into the 'Drop here to create a new circle' space.

    This will open your Circles page in a new window.
    This will open your Circles page in a new window.

  3. Drag other friends in your group to the same circle. When you're finished, click 'Create Circle.'

    Drag other friends in your group to the same circle.
    Drag other friends in your group to the same circle.

  4. Type in a name for your circle and click 'Create circle with # people.'

    Type in a name for your circle and click "Create circle with # people.
    Type in a name for your circle and click 'Create circle with # people.

  5. Your circle now pops up as an actual circle in your profile. Feel free to drag more friends into the circle to expand it!

    Your circle now pops up as an actual circle in your profile.
    Your circle now pops up as an actual circle in your profile.


Understanding How Circles Work


  1. Understand how Google+ Circles work:
    • You can add anyone to a circle even if they are or are not your friend and choose not to add you to their own circles. For example you can put people in a circle you have never met like Google CEO Larry Page or even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. While you will see their updates in your main stream, your updates won't appear in their main stream, but instead in a section called 'incoming'.
    • When updating, you can select which specific circle you want to update to. Alternatively you can update to 'Your Circles' which is all the people in all the circles you have created (similar to how a Facebook status update works) or 'Public' which is anyone on the web (similar to how Twitter works).
    • The names of your circles and who is in which circle is not shared. So you can create a circle called 'People who I pretend to like' and never actually post to them or listen to their updates if you wish.
    • You can view the stream of any specific circle by clicking the name of that circle in your stream view.





Edit Tips


  • You can always add more people to a circle once it's been created. Simply drag more people into that particular circle.
  • You can also add more people to a circle on the screen in which you name the circle. Just click on the 'Add a new person' button right underneath the title. You can then type in a name or email address to find the person you want.
  • You can add people to your circle who are not in your recommended friends list by clicking on the circle, selecting 'Add a new person,' and then typing in their email addresses.
  • Once you have more than 6 circles (typically that's how many fit in one row), you may need to scroll to see all of your circles.


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