How to Find People to Circle on Google Plus

Google Plus is now the second largest social network and growing quickly with 500 million registered users and an estimated 343 million active monthly users (January 2013)That is an impressive achievement given that Google Plus only launched in June 2011. But how can you find people to follow? In this article I discuss some of my favorite methods for finding new people to “circle” on Google Plus.

Google Plus Search

By searching for keywords, phrases or even hashtags at Google Plus you can find people who are posting and commenting about topics that interest you.


Google Plus Communities

G+ Communities are a great place to find people interested in the same topics as you. I tend to add those people who are more active in the discussions taking place.


Circle Count

Circle Count ranks Google Plus users according to how many followers they have. They also have some additional metrics that measure the influence of a person, such as the average number of +1s, comments or reshares a person gets for each post. You can browse the most popular people and, if your profile isn’t already being tracked, you can easily add yourself!

CircleCount


GPlusData

GPlusData is now tracking more than 105 million Google+ users and 1.5 million Pages. In addition to being a great way to find people using their search feature, you can get some excellent data on your account.

GPlusdata


Recommended Users

This is a listing of recommended and elite Google Plus users. If you are looking for some very high profile people to circle, you will find some here.

Recommended Users


FindPeopleOnPlus

With this site you can search for people by multiple criteria including occupation, gender, age, and even relationship status!

Find People On Plus


Add People from Shared Circles

Google Plus allows people to share circles they have created. So it’s easy to add a whole circle of people at once if you find a circle that is a great match. Check out my other post on how to find shared circles on Google Plus.

 

GPlus Rank

Gplus-Rank is designed to you find people who write solid articles, have worthwhile news to share, and even find the most interesting people. It does this through a voting system. I’m currently having trouble adding myself there, so I don’t think I’ll be getting many votes. I still found some interesting people to follow.

GPlusRank


SocialStatistics

For now, this tool seems to be more of a statistics tool than actually finding people, but if you want to carefully consider who you circle then this is an excellent tool to check them out.
Social Statistics


Circle+ Extension for Chrome Browser

Once you start using these tools you might get tired of adding people to your circles one by one! The Circle+ extension for the Chrome browser is quite powerful. Go to a web page and you can click a button to automatically add all the Google Plus-ers on that page to one of your circles.  I do recommend that people use this extension carefully. Remember the key to success with Google Plus is to build circles with people whom you find interesting. Google may restrict your account if you use a tool like this to aggressively follow too many people at once.

Don’t forget… there is also a limit of 5,000 people you can circle.

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Did I miss any other good tools for finding people on Google Plus? Please let me know in the comments section below.

5 Ways to Find Shared Circles on Google Plus

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.

Indie Publishing Circle Shared

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

2. CircleCount

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.

3. Public Circles

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:

keyword site:https://publiccircles.appspot.com

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.

     Profiles:   Shared Circles on G+     Best Shared Circle
     Communities:   Circles

Did I miss any other good resources for finding shared circles? Please let me know in the comments section below!