Google+ shared circles are here

Google+ shared circles are here

Summary: The much-requested Google+ shared circles have arrived, letting users swap lists of friends and celebrities with each other.


It's been one of the most requested features since Google+ launched back in June - users want to be able to share their custom-built Circles of users with each other. And as of today, the feature is here. Just click "Share" next to the Circle in question and you're off and running.

And why would you want to share a Google+ Circle? Any number of reasons: if you want to share your carefully curated list of Internet celebrities, ace photographers, or, say, ZDNet reporters with friends. Similarly, if a friend or coworker has just joined up with the Google+ social network, it can be useful for sharing the list of mutual acquaintances.

The feature was officially announced in a video by Google+ engineer Owen Prater, who explained that "when your friends receive your circle, they can then pick and choose who to add to their own circles." Any changes made to that circle stay unique to you, and you can set your own comment when you share, meaning you don't have to share the name of that Circle with anyone.

This isn't a true Facebook-style "Groups" feature, but Google+ circle sharing is certainly more privacy-minded, giving a finer control over what you choose to reveal when taking advantage of the new feature. It's a smart move, given the discussions that ensued over the first iteration of Google+ cross-circle content sharing.

It certainly sounds like Google is trying to speed up the Google+ development and feature release cycle now that it's out of field test and open to all. Feel free to discuss what Google's social platform is still missing in the comments below.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Apps, Google

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  • RE: Google+ shared circles are here

    Does not Google see that G+ is already dead? :O
    • RE: Google+ shared circles are here

      @xpect maybe for you... we use Google+ everyday.
    • RE: Google+ shared circles are here

      @xpect Really? Then what's this:
      • RE: Google+ shared circles are here

        @lucianarmasu Ok great! But what I see is that 55 people i follow were all active till mid August and abruptly almost nobody posted a single new post. That's the reality I see. William Shatner does not post anymore. *shock* And look I'm not trolling I say what I see, and I was pretty enthusiastic of G+ in the beginning but if no one of my circles or people in general use it, what's the point? So, who wants to play CityVille?
  • RE: Google+ shared circles are here

    I really like the sound of this feature. I think I'll throw my wife my group of friends so she doesn't have to find them all manually ^^
  • RE: Google+ shared circles are here

    Great Post! I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that, I am also just starting out in community management/marketing media and trying to learn everything I can about the study of anthropology - resources like this article are incredibly helpful.
    <a href="">jack3d</a>
  • RE: Google+ shared circles are here

    "or, say, ZDNet reporters with friends."

    LOL, that's a good one.

    ZDNet is entertainment, for the most part. Watching ZDNet pretend to know technology is half the fun.
  • RE: Google+ shared circles are here

    It's nice for sharing groups of acquaintances with people but what Google+ really needs in my opinion is groups. I think they could best do this by integrating Google Groups and treating group membership like a circle.

    Adding a group adds a group circle
    Posting to circle posts to group.
    New posts to group show up in that group's stream.

    Users could then also access and/or administer the groups using the existing tools.