When I joined Google+, I fully intended to add people to circles in a organized and orderly way, so I would be able to communicate with them easily about pertinent topics and filter my stream effectively to read updates by topic.

It worked at first. I diligently spent about 12 minutes each day adding people to the right circles.

Eventually, it felt like too much work to look at people’s profiles carefully, and I had trouble deciding how to categorize people. So, at some point, I started dumping everyone into a circle called “following.”

(Please, tell me I’m not the only one who is doing this.)

Using Google+ and circles:

  • You can segment followers easily.
  • You can filter for information that matters to you.
  • You can easily share with specific segments .
  • You can search quickly.

If you are using Google+ and haven’t fully used this functionality, I suggest you try today’s tip as a kick-start for organizing your circles. (If you are not using Google+ at all, try my Google+ experiment.)

I recommend that you organize your circles in a way that makes sense to you: by geography, by interest, by affinity, or by another designation. In the future as you add people, be sure to take the time to add them to the proper circle!

Today’s Tip: Organize Your Circles

Set your timer for 12 minutes and spend time organizing your Google+ circles. Create new circles as needed. If you have extra time, add a few new people to your circles.

How will you spend your 12 minutes today?

My friend Wally Bock shares daily tips for leaders at the Three Star Leadership Blog. You can read his tipsĀ here.