Have you noticed that there are “Shared Circles” on Google Plus? This is a powerful feature that enables you to share circles of people that you have curated. It also means that when you discover someone else’s shared circle of interesting people you can quickly add that entire circle to your circles.
To add a circle you need to find the post written by the creator of the circle at the time they shared it. Here is an example of how the post looks at Google+. This circle contains a group of experts whom I follow closely for their advice on self-publishing, e-publishing, and book marketing.
If you are interested in this particular circle you can click here to view the actual post at Google Plus.
Once you are viewing the post at Google+ you can click on View Shared Circle. A window pops up showing the people and pages in the circle. You can then either add people one by one or all at once. To add them all at once simply type the name of a new or existing circle, and click on Create or add to circles.
See how quick and easy that was!
One thing to keep in mind is that you now own that new circle. It will not be automatically updated if the original creator makes and changes. I suggest that you bookmark the original post so you can go back occasionally and check for updates
How to Find Shared Circles at Google+
That was an example of one of my circles, but how can you find circles on other topics that interest you? Here are several ways.
1. Search at Google Plus
In the Google+ search bar, search for:
“shared a circle with you” keyword
From this page at CircleCount you can search for shared circles. CircleCount is also a good tool for tracking some of your Google Plus data.
At Public Circles there is a database of shared circles on Google Plus. I found it difficult to search from their web page for shared circles, but to get around this I performed the search from the main Google search engine for:
4. Chris Porter has compiled a shared spreadsheet at Google Docs
The spreadsheet lists more than 1300 shared circles. You can easily follow a link to the post for the shared circle as well as a link to the profile of the person who created the circle.
5. Google Plus Profiles & Communities
The following Google+ profiles and communities are dedicated to shared circles.