Anyone found a way around the circles limit?

16 Sep 2011 admin In G+ Posts

Comments: 21

  1. Trini Lopez 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    24hours. At least you got a warning… all I got was an error last night. But I finished it up tonight.

  2. Monty Montz 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    Just curious… how many circles do you have? Have you reached the 5,000 overall limit?

  3. John Goldsmith 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    Stop adding people?

    I actually haven't run into this problem but I've also decided to not add more people unless they inspire me or I know them.

  4. Brent Burzycki 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    +John Goldsmith Well that kind of goes against the whole idea of G+ – if I find people interesting I have added them – but I have also been here for quite some time….

    +Monty Montz I assume that is the limit I have hit….23 total circles…

    +Trini Lopez I believe this is the 5000 limit vs. the too many ads in one 24hr period…

    So is the deal 5000 limit on who i can follow but no limit on people circling me?

    I guess I need to wait for it to get out of beta and that limit to hopefully lift… or really have a circle flushing party…..

  5. Trini Lopez 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    oh oops i totally misread that… sorry!

  6. Monty Montz 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    IMHO, the 5,000 limit is the optimum level. You will notice that the "Other Contacts" in your Gmail is filled to the brim with email addys of those people you added to your circles. More than 5,000 contacts will make your Gmail crawl like a snake… and worse, same will happen to your smartphone contact list (if you have Android G+).

    I used to have 18 circles which I managed to bring down to just 11. I also purged a lot of people from my circles, especially those who are inactive or contributed less to my stream.

    I wrote this article last month –>

  7. Brent Burzycki 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    +Monty Montz I have not seen the slowdown – but I know the issues do exist…. I just purged like 500 people I was following to see inf anything G+ suggested to me was worth following.. and well it was not.. so the purging commenced…

    +Trini Lopez ha – no worries I am guilty of that all the time… then re-reading the post after typing out a huge answer and saying – oh nevermind…

  8. Brent Burzycki 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    +Stephen Dickson Honestly I never thought i would care…… I seem too….

  9. Bartek Siebab 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    Create next circle and add them to that new one…

  10. Bartek Siebab 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    I think that limit is 5000 per one circle… Can You confirm that?

  11. Brent Burzycki 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    +Bartek Siębab Seems to be the total of all circles……be it one or many…

  12. Bartek Siebab 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    Huh… it's a pity then…

  13. Chris Loft 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    Dear Google, I've used up my 5,000 people too – can I please have another 5,000 that I can follow?

  14. John Goldsmith 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    +Brent Burzycki – I don't see why that is the whole idea of G+. The idea, at least for me, is to network with people who inspire me and to share my work/ideas/thoughts with those who find inspiration from me. Adding people does not help people see your posts (unless you are sharing almost exclusively in private). Alternatively, adding many people often makes for a noisy stream, unless you use a plugin to filter your circles. And if so, why are you adding only to filter?

  15. Max Hodges 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    +John Goldsmith >Adding people does not help people see your posts

    Yeah it does, because if you follow someone, they might follow you back…follow a lot of people and a lot of people might follow you back.

  16. John Goldsmith 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    +Max Hodges – Maybe I'm being foolish, but I prefer not to use social media that way. Flickr became a bit useless because I followed a similar montra. Alternatively, Twitter is an effective aggregator for me because I have been choosy about those I add; I see what I want to see.

    Also, and maybe most importantly, your approach is a means of gathering people who may not necessarily be interested in your work but are similarly "collecting" like stamps or coins. It doesn't mean they are valuable coins. Pardon the analogy, but they could be run of the mill pennies rather than the people who really care and are interested in you and your work.

    To each their own, of course, but that's my take. Or, ahem, my two cents.

  17. Max Hodges 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    i don't use it that way either, but just saying, if you really want a lot of people to read your posts, then adding a ton of people should help. not what I do either, but just saying, if that's their ambition, then that's a valid strategy!

  18. John Goldsmith 16 Sep 2011 Reply


    That talk talk talk approach is a rather selfish. Self-promo this and self-promo that. I mean, we all do it but I appreciate listening as much or more than talking. I think being effective at social media (or life!) means to listen more than talking. But no one should listen to be when they can follow William Shakespeare's advice"

    "Listen to many, speak to a few."

  19. Brent Burzycki 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    +Max Hodges Well when most of the people i follow are fellow photographers – I am not sure why that is a bad thing…. I do not add to get views i add because people share the same interests and in most cases that will lead to them following me back….G+ is about networking with people with similar interests etc – why would i want to wait for them to find me if i find their work interesting – I should be able to add those people and then if they like my work – then can follow back..

    I think unlike twitter where you add like made to just find a follower then it's pretty much useless for any real good conversations – G+ clearly fixes many of those issues…..

    Hopefully the limit will be lifted post beta… Even now my stream is not hard to follow….I just filter is corectally.

  20. John Goldsmith 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    +Brent Burzycki – Obviously you have to use these tools for your needs. Personally, my interests in photography are fairly defined and I want to follow those who help me grow as a photographer. If a photographer is doing work that is of little interest to me or isn't of the quality that I'm seeking, I likely won't follow. I don't intend to snub them but we only have so much time in the day and energy to spend on strangers who don't contribute to our growth. For what it's worth, I've already added too many people outside of my interests and I am slowly (and painfully) reducing the number as best I can. It's not being selfish. Just making the best use of my limited time.

  21. Brent Burzycki 16 Sep 2011 Reply

    Well me being a guy with 3 full time jobs…I can relate… that said its different for every person…which is good….
    As a moderator for the photo critique circle I basically need to follow over 1000 photographers…

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