Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up your fan circles, part of Google+ for Musicians and Bands.
Google+ Circles is considered by some to be the killer app of the network and it's one of the features that makes it unique in the social networking world. Circles are really just lists but what makes them notable is that you can follow anyone you'd like without needing their approval. This is cool because you can create different circles for different groups of people or resources that you'd like to follow closely. In order to create a circle first find some people that you want to add. You see that the find people or discover links on the Top menu.
After you've found people that you'd like to add, scroll over the plus circle then click on Create a circle. Enter a title for your circle, then follow the instructions to add people. Friend pages are different from personal pages in that the default circles include team members, customers and VIPs, but you can rename them anything you want. You can also create a new circle by dragging people into the blank plus circle, then click Create Circle that appears in the center. Once you're done, your new circle will appear among the rest of your circles.
You can continue to add people by dragging and dropping them into the new circle. If you add someone to a circle they're already in, they won't be added again. But you can put the same person into as many circles as you'd like. When you add people to multiple circles, that doesn't mean you remove them from the other circles you've previously put them in. And they'll only be notified once, that they're in one of your circles. If you want to see which of your circles a person is in, mouse over their name tile, and the circles they're in will illuminate at the bottom of the page.
Or you can mouse over their name tile and a pop-up box will appear, which includes the names of the circles they're in. It's also possible to share a circle. That means that a list of the people who are in that circle at that time are shared, but not the name of the circle. To do so, click the circle that you'd like to share. Click the share circle icon. Choose who you want to share it with, or under the Actions menu on the top left of the page, click Share.
There may come a time when you'd like to remove (UNKNOWN) from the circle. Here's what to do. Click the circle to open it up, select who you'd like to remove from the circle, and click on the X at the top right of their name. It's also possible to remove a person from all your circles at once. Here is how. Click on the person's name, then go to the Actions menu on the top of the page and click Remove. Sometimes you don't want to remove a person from a circle but you want to block them instead. This means that you won't see their content in your stream, they won't be able to comment on your post, they won't be able to view any of your posts.
In order to do this, select the person you'd like to block, click the Actions menu, then select Block in the drop-down menu. You can see the list of people you've blocked by selecting View Blocked from the drop-down menu of the Actions menu.
Want more music marketing tips? Check out Social Media Basics for Musicians and Bands,Facebook for Musicians and Bands, and YouTube for Musicians and Bands.
- Setting up a band or artist page
- Navigating the stream
- Posting on Google+
- Setting up Google+ Hangouts