Last Updated on: July 15th, 2017
It seems that I am becoming somewhat of an expert (ha!) regarding certain things in social media.
How do I know this? Google said so.
I heard Google speak her voice (yes, Google is female!) when I viewed my blog stats and took a look at the search terms used to send people to my blog posts – in particular, my post about Managing Google+ Circles.
She said, “Hey, Lorraine, I think you should write a post and inform these people of what they want to know regarding Google+ circles!”
Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating. But, it seems that Google loves me. . . even though I don’t know much about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Why else would she send these people to my site?
I think it’s because I’m helpful, and talk to both a specific reader and the general masses.
When people are continually asking for information and are being sent to ME, the proud non-techie (yes, I am now proud of this fact), I feel like it is my duty to respond to them. I can see that there is an obvious need for a post to be written about this topic.
You see, when people talk, I pay attention. This quality has made me many friends and a great teacher. When I taught high school, most of my students loved me. I spoke on their level. I imparted my wisdom to them. Now I am going to continue this trend on my blog. I have to.I cannot disappoint my new buddy, Google.
I think I might even call her “Googs” for short. 😉
The Many Questions We Have
As someone who had to learn many things on her own, I gotta figure that there are tons of others out there who are just like me — filled with questions.
The questions people have about Google+ circles include the ones listed below, which have been copied directly (spelling errors and all!) from my stats page on my blog. I will answer them to the best of my ability.
(Note that I have included my ranking for each, too. Yes, I had to check each one out individually.)
- how to tell what google+ circle someone has added u in (ranking is #1)
- how do i know who in google+ has put me in there circles (ranking is #2)
- what is different between in her circle and have her in circle (ranking is #2)
- when someone puts you in their circle how do you get yourself out (ranking is #2)
- what does it mean when someone adds you to a circle on google+ (ranking is #3)
- why can’t i add people to my circle on google+ (ranking is #5)
- can someone just add you to their circles on google plus (ranking is #5)
- google plus added you back vs added to circles (ranking is #7)
Question 1: How do I know what Google+ circle someone has added me in?
Answer: There is no way for Person A to know what circle Person B put him/her in.
For example, if I am going to add Person X to my circles, it is solely up to me what circle X goes in. If X is a blogger, X will end up in my Bloggers circle. Of course, I have to create a circle called Bloggers first.
If X is a lawyer, and I don’t have a circle called Lawyers but I do have a circle for Legal Consultants, I might want to stick X into that circle, The point is that it is up to me where to put a person. When you cross paths with someone you’d like to get to know, try to find something out about that person (I suggest looking at their About Page) and then decide in which circle you want to put him/her.
You can create new circles at any time, too – and you can create as many or as few as you want. If you want to create a “catch-all” type of circle, you can. (There’s no one stopping you!) I did this when I created my circle called Bunch of Awesome People. You could name yours “F-tards I don’t like” if you want…it’s up to you! 😉
Question 2: How do I know who in Google+ has put me in their circles?
Answer: Google will usually tell you when someone has added you to a circle. If you have email notifications on, you’ll get an email saying that Person A added you to his/her circle. If you don’t have email notifications turned on, you’ll get a notification from your “bell”. As you can see in the snippet I took of my Chrome browser gmail inbox, I have two notifications that I have not yet checked (a red box appears with a number inside of it to let you know of new activity). To check your notifications, simply click on the bell.
The bell is also visible from your YouTube screen. Look at the top right corner.
You can see notifications from your Google+ page as well, or from your newsfeed. Look for the bell!
Question 3: What is different between “in her circle” and “have her in a circle”?
Answer: If I add Person X, who is my aunt, to my circle called Family, I have her in my circle. However, if I am added to Person Z’s circle, then my profile will page will automatically update and whomever sees my profile page from that point forward will see that I am in ___# of circles. The ___ indicates the number of people who have me in their circles. For example, if Persons A, B, C, and D add me to their circles, my page will say that 4 people have me in their circles.
There is no way of knowing how many people have you in circles, unless you ask one of your G+ friends to check this for you. To do this, you might want to tag someone you know well and ask them to take a look at your profile page. They can then post the result in a comment, and you will know.
I did this, twice. The first time several people answered. The second time, I tagged my friend, Toby Shoemaker, who is a humor writer at Dumbass News, and is also known as the Fearless Leader. He’s a big supporter of my blog and cares about my little niece, Sammi, who has cancer. He’s an ol’ softie at heart.
Here are the results from the second “ask”…
Question 4: When someone puts you in their circle how do you get yourself out?
Answer: If you don’t want to be in someone’s circle, ask them to remove you. And calm down; being in someone’s circle is not a bad thing… 🙂
Question 5: What does it mean when someone adds you to a circle on Google+?
Answer: When someone adds you to a circle on Google+, this means that you have made a friend, Someone wants to get to know you or interact with you, and to share stuff with you. If you add them to one of your circles, you will be able to see interact with them by “tagging” them (typing a + and then their name). Tagging allows you to get their attention more quickly. (See #10 below.)
Question 6: Why can’t I add people to my circle on Google+?
Answer: Um, I’m not sure about this one. Do you have a circle set up? Do you have a Google+ profile? Is your internet connected? There could be any number of issues here, so you have to be more specific with your question!
Question 7: Can someone just add you to their circles on Google Plus?
Answer: Yes, they can, as long as you have a Google Plus (G+) profile. If you have gmail, you probably have one. If you don’t, you can easily get one. Just sign up for a Google account.
Question 8: What is the difference between “added you back” vs. “added to circles “?
Answer: There is no difference. They both mean the same thing! Why Googs has decided to say “added you back” instead of “added you” is beyond me. Googs is kinda crazy. Oh, yes, she is! 😉
More Unanswered Questions, With Answers:
9. What does +1 mean?
A “+1” is the same as a “like”. Simple.
10. How do I “tag” someone?
Before you type the person’s name, type a “+”. The neat thing is that you don’t even have to type the whole name; Googs is smart and a pop-up box will appear. You can then just click the name of the person you want to tag, and it Googs will insert it for you! Yes, she’s that smart!
11. Someone keeps wanting to chat with me when I am checking my gmail. How do I tell them that I don’t want to talk to them?
Um, if you don’t want to talk to someone, why are you on social media? 😉 Just kidding.
I actually know how you feel. There was this one guy who ended up being creepy with me, always trying to talk to me when I was busy doing something. (I’m always busy, but sometimes I make time to chat!) However, he was inappropriate in his questions, and so I had to remove him from my circle, thus disabling his ability to send me messages!
12. How do I know who has not added me on Google+ but I have added?
You will get a notification when someone adds you to a circle, and when you add someone to one of your circles, that person will also be notified. Notifications are sent through either email or the notification bell (see Question 2 for more information).
13. How do you know who follows you on Google+?
There is no way of getting a complete list (as far as I can tell) but you should receive a notification whenever someone new follows you.
FYI, if you want to learn how to make Google+ circles work for you, read this post. It may answer a few more questions you may have. 😉
You may have more questions for me. If you do, please ask them via a comment. I’ll do my best to answer them![Tweet "Here is a neat article that will answer your questions about G+.”]
Since Google+ circles are so new, I’d like for you to share this on as many social media sites as possible – these answers should be spread around, don’tcha think?
Here’s another question and answer:
Q. I have discovered that some people have added me to their circles … AND I DO NOT WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH THEM IN ANY WAY. How do I go about extricating myself from their circles?
A. Here’s what you do:
* looking at the list of people who have you in their circles,
* select the one(s) one at a time, that you do not want to be associated with
* open their page
* under their name, or main page link you will see a “v” … click it
* you can block them or report them as you see fit, and poof … they’re gone!
Thanks to Marissa for this one! 🙂
For more information on Google Plus, and more questions and answers, visit Using Google+: Quick Questions & Answers (Plus Tips & Tricks).
And if you want to learn how to use Google+ for business, read the post called A Mini-Guide To Use Google Plus For Business.