Getting Started with Google+ – Part 2

by sjledet on July 11, 2011

Once you have some basic circle structure in place, you are going to want to start populating them. Since Google+ is so new and your circle of total friends is much larger than the subset of that circle that is already on Google+, I found a combination of adding “A listers” (people who contribute a lot to the Google+ community and are widely followed) and personal contacts was best for me.

Google+ uses Gmail contacts as a starting point to suggest possible friends. If you go to the Find and Invite tab you will see the people from your Gmail contacts list who already have Google+ profiles as well as those you can add who currently aren’t on Google+.

I created a circle called “People I might know” and dragged everyone into that. I’ve found some interesting reconnections that way as many people I hadn’t heard from in a while added me into a circle when they were notified that I had added them. Unfortunately, Google does prevent you from adding more than 5000 people total so this wouldn’t work for someone with a lot of contacts.

There’s some discussion within the community as to whether the Twitter convention of following back is appropriate. I personally think the “social handshake” is a human nature thing, and will probably pick up on Google just as it has on Twitter despite those who are trying to prevent it. It just turns on people too much to see the list of people who have added them.

Since circles are so easy to work with, why not spread the love while you can? Your incoming stream basically duplicates the functionality of this “People who have added me” circle without needing any updating, so you lose nothing if you choose not to do as I did.

One other reason not to is for image purposes. If you are concerned about the number of people listed on your “In your circles” section on your profile, however, you can edit that so that just the circles you want appear there.

I come down on the side of spreading the circle love, even if some think I follow too many people. Comments on this policy are welcome.

Now, here’s a list of my “Big Names in Tech” circle:

Name Google+ Profile
Adam D’Angelo https://plus.google.com/117983538900332961755/about
Andrew Mason https://plus.google.com/104052724814079219066/about
Andy Rubin https://plus.google.com/112599748506977857728/about
Andy Sack https://plus.google.com/102020527924892532661/about
Andy Baio https://plus.google.com/103765655241162838230/about
Anil Dash https://plus.google.com/103012564142649561853/about
Arianna Huffington https://plus.google.com/103233967921245494760/about
Auren Hoffman https://plus.google.com/108886384290148097554/about
Avi Bryant https://plus.google.com/111803793465779346169/about
Avner Ronen https://plus.google.com/106224435901697064976/about
Barney Pell https://plus.google.com/109382064473311369265/about
Bijan Sabet https://plus.google.com/108574688020691152748/about
Bill Gurley https://plus.google.com/105933266712566167982/about
Bill Gross https://plus.google.com/100612175927429294541/about
Biz Stone https://plus.google.com/101744356052507285357/about
BJ Fogg https://plus.google.com/105894826752205232102/about
Blake Ross https://plus.google.com/104550678234629742078/about
Brad Abrams https://plus.google.com/106920059607812615730/about
Brad Fitzpatrick https://plus.google.com/115863474911002159675/about
Brad Templeton https://plus.google.com/111619236222502611639/about
Bradley Horowitz https://plus.google.com/113116318008017777871/about
Bram Cohen https://plus.google.com/107808951807533655192/about
Brendan Eich https://plus.google.com/104429327021542664009/about
Brian Solis https://plus.google.com/107896527414017792767/about
Brooke Hammerling https://plus.google.com/115555473351190619271/about
Cali Lewis https://plus.google.com/103493459351957813291/about
Chad Hurley https://plus.google.com/111274793006011871823/about
Charlene Li https://plus.google.com/107222163924838615114/about
Chris DiBona https://plus.google.com/114765095157367281222/about
Chris Messina https://plus.google.com/102034052532213921839/about
Chris Sacca https://plus.google.com/114790574178411061829/about
Craig Newmark https://plus.google.com/109140277806644720261/about
Dan Farber https://plus.google.com/106525513293437191157/about
Danny Sullivan https://plus.google.com/113217924531763968801/about
Dare Obasanjo https://plus.google.com/100290407917717250862/about
Dave McClure https://plus.google.com/116388668762198604003/about
Dave Morin https://plus.google.com/108255750659110762991/about
David Sacks https://plus.google.com/104675979541400287552/about
David Hornik https://plus.google.com/101908296954957270941/about
Del Harvey https://plus.google.com/104778110185848410908/about
Dick Hardt https://plus.google.com/117051252578659581892/about
Dion Almaer https://plus.google.com/109747481588639022917/about
Don MacAskill https://plus.google.com/116570889542655364711/about
Doug Rowan https://plus.google.com/107703797546157371379/about
erick schonfeld https://plus.google.com/113475277239647026452/about
Esther Dyson https://plus.google.com/117034807403884912887/about
Evan Doll https://plus.google.com/103683003436436890900/about
Evan Williams https://plus.google.com/102048265612444661933/about
Fred Davis https://plus.google.com/110475794986170895784/about
Fred Wilson https://plus.google.com/103112588675637065591/about
Gary Burd https://plus.google.com/100190655365702878730/about
George Zachary https://plus.google.com/108082017714150543605/about
Gina Bianchini https://plus.google.com/108209840255242880186/about
Gina Trapani https://plus.google.com/113612142759476883204/about
Greg Pass https://plus.google.com/117349993448299429875/about
Guy Kawasaki
https://plus.google.com/112374836634096795698/about
Jack Holt https://plus.google.com/100913470270545842100/about
Jason Pontin https://plus.google.com/114151370744583208669/about
Jason Fried https://plus.google.com/107991344352087348543/about
Jeff Sandquist https://plus.google.com/116047666192727868484/about
Jeff Clavier https://plus.google.com/109809835379677001002/about
Jeff Huber https://plus.google.com/111164095920889813531/about
Jeffrey Dachis https://plus.google.com/116541152567955767643/about
Jeremiah Owyang https://plus.google.com/111654284395316165338/about
Jeremy Toeman https://plus.google.com/107391346918211701146/about
Jeremy Stoppelman https://plus.google.com/105803727520991627183/about
Jerry Michalski https://plus.google.com/115193236884506869693/about
Jim Louderback https://plus.google.com/116621986644249676039/about
Joe Hewitt https://plus.google.com/113111163133053240092/about
John Markoff https://plus.google.com/101014185338097728734/about
John Engates https://plus.google.com/110010600208693925556/about
John Hagel https://plus.google.com/113281182431789566323/about
John Doerr https://plus.google.com/116211592086036388314/about
John Porcaro https://plus.google.com/111798522694025436100/about
John Battelle https://plus.google.com/113920721823301219308/about
John Borthwick https://plus.google.com/100341021522735699734/about
John Gruber https://plus.google.com/114791921155677330282/about
John Lilly https://plus.google.com/109736843159381578656/about
John Perry https://plus.google.com/104802242897450250113/about
John Resig https://plus.google.com/115675748062237570841/about
Joichi Ito https://plus.google.com/115622466243011136115/about
Jonathan Abrams https://plus.google.com/101490281285978008724/about
Jonathan Zittrain https://plus.google.com/113733646632022000945/about
Joseph Smarr https://plus.google.com/113364856660738963998/about
Joshua Schachter https://plus.google.com/117152814213463502428/about
JP Rangaswami https://plus.google.com/108648718072351487172/about
Kara Swisher https://plus.google.com/112226108704688540728/about
Katie Jacobs Stanton https://plus.google.com/118423731231734400926/about
Ken Fisher https://plus.google.com/104329051199279597788/about
Kevin Werbach https://plus.google.com/101421681517859356418/about
Kevin Marks https://plus.google.com/109581870574956225297/about
Kevin Rose https://plus.google.com/110318982509514011806/about
Larry Hryb https://plus.google.com/111171416539633276676/about
Larry Page https://plus.google.com/106189723444098348646/about
Lars Rasmussen https://plus.google.com/102199728324486236705/about
Lawrence Lessig https://plus.google.com/109779057532625231365/about
Leila Janah https://plus.google.com/105048404539614116390/about
Leo Laporte https://plus.google.com/101261243957067319422/about
Lili Cheng https://plus.google.com/111198850095822969556/about
Lisa Stone https://plus.google.com/106802987341604892965/about
Loic Le Meur https://plus.google.com/108082478497335384404/about
Lutz Roeder https://plus.google.com/105570240436049268461/about
Lynn Fox https://plus.google.com/105231260255497819393/about
Macon Phillips https://plus.google.com/113235528959787775092/about
Marc Benioff https://plus.google.com/108172009599607363531/about
Marc Andreessen https://plus.google.com/108152786201218528136/about
Marc Canter https://plus.google.com/106876108861840284155/about
Marissa Mayer https://plus.google.com/118207880179234484610/about
Mark Zuckerberg https://plus.google.com/104560124403688998123/about
Mark Atwood https://plus.google.com/115686903235135444192/about
Mark Cuban https://plus.google.com/106318111152683661692/about
Mark Pincus https://plus.google.com/101094440579835956866/about
Marshall Kirkpatrick https://plus.google.com/117421021456205115327/about
Matt Cutts https://plus.google.com/109412257237874861202/about
Matt Mullenweg https://plus.google.com/116394575739281318169/about
Max Levchin https://plus.google.com/112583152631387332512/about
MG Siegler https://plus.google.com/107753428759636856492/about
Michael Jones https://plus.google.com/115069038278384155581/about
michael arrington https://plus.google.com/102178700954286324866/about
Michael Dell https://plus.google.com/100523784851251213675/about
Michael Gartenberg https://plus.google.com/112676929048719235214/about
Miguel de Icaza https://plus.google.com/105179816987111146812/about
Mike McCue https://plus.google.com/111622651278621496294/about
Mike Grehan https://plus.google.com/116884753591158922581/about
Mitch Kapor https://plus.google.com/105847419267701979492/about
nova spivack https://plus.google.com/105616606109443088514/about
Om Malik https://plus.google.com/103171849011748425097/about
Omar Shahine https://plus.google.com/106530547029957858733/about
Oren Michels https://plus.google.com/104008360129807369925/about
Pablo Fernicola https://plus.google.com/104156625898381845752/about
Paul Kedrosky https://plus.google.com/115658896387238242974/about
Paul Saffo https://plus.google.com/106908496229087310222/about
Paul Berry https://plus.google.com/105248369967179513008/about
Paul Buchheit https://plus.google.com/111732375221065535359/about
Pete Cashmore https://plus.google.com/112844561713780016118/about
Peter Rojas https://plus.google.com/111285782175840598932/about
Phil McKinney https://plus.google.com/111493502699025254043/about
Pierre Omidyar https://plus.google.com/106410245080144789334/about
Rahul Sood https://plus.google.com/113741407720209727435/about
Raph Koster https://plus.google.com/103271590817770839429/about
Rashmi Sinha https://plus.google.com/102014620469584519426/about
Raven Zachary https://plus.google.com/103507237713426395564/about
Reid Hoffman https://plus.google.com/103657641753349471053/about
Rich Hickey https://plus.google.com/101598622654270873929/about
Robert Scoble https://plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/about
Ross Mayfield https://plus.google.com/105769508324436137332/about
Ryan Block https://plus.google.com/115047896996200277508/about
Ryan Sarver https://plus.google.com/118357356982727825178/about
Scott Hanselman https://plus.google.com/113698589973698283456/about
Sean Alexander https://plus.google.com/117369033929334414635/about
Sergey Brin https://plus.google.com/109813896768294978296/about
Seth Godin https://plus.google.com/106497949182730964838/about
Shawn Fanning https://plus.google.com/101972152048109008007/about
Steve Gillmor https://plus.google.com/100071403328735908465/about
Steve Rubel https://plus.google.com/115360979797396777969/about
Steven Levy https://plus.google.com/109074857816744029470/about
Stewart Butterfield https://plus.google.com/117105281573286498331/about
Stewart Alsop https://plus.google.com/100739996160610565799/about
Susie Wee https://plus.google.com/104542524024401372520/about
Tariq Krim https://plus.google.com/100084737546039360199/about
Tim Bajarin https://plus.google.com/100358166756326729320/about
Tim O’Reilly https://plus.google.com/107033731246200681024/about
Tom Werner https://plus.google.com/109251740762402747545/about
Tom Conrad https://plus.google.com/104364058018116761460/about
Tony Chor https://plus.google.com/114338634381703708909/about
Vic Gundotra https://plus.google.com/107117483540235115863/about
Zee M Kane https://plus.google.com/117913335910409493992/about

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