You know the story… someone follows your profile online. You are flattered and follow them back. They immediately unfollow you and count you as another notch on their digital bedpost. In all seriousness, the Twitter phenomenon of people boosting their follower count by following and rapidly unfollowing their peers has made its way to Google+.
Some people will quickly unfollow or uncircle acquaintances because they are boring or offensive, which is completely legitimate. However with the nature of Google+, many do it and hope you simply won’t notice. Later they’ll be bragging around town about how they have a 50 to 1 ratio of people that have circled them in comparison to how many they circled back. They also usually then claim that the ratio proves they are an esteemed expert in their subject matter of choice… lame.
If you want to find out who you have an unreciprocal circle relationship with, you can use the Uncircle Uncirclers+ add-on in the Chrome Web Store. After installing the add-on, you’ll quickly find people that possibly only circled you hoping to score a quick ego boost. They also make it very easy for you to uncircle those individuals if you wish. Here’s how:
1. Open Chrome, login to Google+, and install the Uncircle Uncirclers+ add-on from the Chrome Web Store.
2. Click the icon made of green arrows to open the add-on. Next select include all circles under the “Logs” column.
4. Click apply and you will be shown a list of people you’ve circled that have not circled you back.
5. If you wish to uncircle them, click the box next to their name. After you’ve done that for each person you wish to uncircle, press uncircle. That’s it!
How do you determine who to circle on Google+?
Mitch J says
When I run that, it shows me all the people I follow like Cali who have an entire nation of followers and couldn’t be expected to circle me back at all. It would be better if it were able to detect who had circled me in the past, but then un-circled me as part of their counting or whatever.
Ashley Baxter says
Mitch there may be something that does that, but I’ve never used it. It’s called GoogleMINUS. RWW did a good post on it. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/googleminus_see_who_kicked_you_out_of_a_google_plus_circle.php