A few days ago I received my invite for Google Plus and finally got in. Jeey!
I am still pretty psyched about this product. It’s cool! But the question is: is this new social network going to become mainstream? Is it gonna sail or fail?
I still think that the ‘Circles’ functionality is pretty awesome. It allows you to share stuff only with the people in a certain circle.
But herein lies the problem. When I first got into Google Plus, I rushed over to the ‘Circles’ department and was eager to give it horns. But 5 minutes later I was still staring at screen, asking myself two questions:
1. Who am I going to put in what circle?
Family, Friends, Acquintances and Tennis buddies are not going to cut it. The relationship I have with all these people is so much more diverse. I would ideally like to categorise based on a) the kind of relationship (client, collegues, class mates, etc), b) how well I know them and c) maybe even the the sentiment of the relationship.
2. What am I going to share with who?
Roughly I have three areas I share content in: personal stuff, leisure stuff and business stuff. It’s not all linear. Some of my friends are interested in my social media and content marketing babble. Some are not. And some of my clients actually connect with me on Facebook, because they like to get a bit of personal context.
There’s so much crossover! So now what?
With Facebook it’s easy: we are all friends.
Google Circles seems to allow you to create circles that are much more towards how things are in real life.
The only problem here is that real life is much more complicated than a social network.
The problem is how we slice and dice the circles to best reflect our relationships!
So for now, I am going to treat Google Circles as the quality version of Facebook crossed with Twitter.
I will categorize and define my circles as follows:
- Family: people I absolutely trust with sharing personal stuff (Xmas card list)
- Friends: people I have met more than once (Facebook meets Linkedin)
- Acquaintances: people I vaguely know (Linkedin meets Twitter)
- Strangers: people I don’t know, but added me to their circles (Twitter)
- Follow: people I want to follow because of what they have to say.
We’ll see how that works.
As for what I am sharing with who: I’ll judge that on a case by case basis. I’ll let you know how I get on!
Meanwhile, below is a great power point presentation that visualises Circles for you. Check it out!