How To Adjust The “Volume” Of Your Google+ Circles In Your News Feed

December 31, 2013 · 21 comments

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How To Adjust The “Volume” Of Your Google+ Circles In Your News Feed

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Of That G+ Circle In Your Feed!

 Formerly known as the “volume slider”, this little setting in your Google Circles lets you decide whether you see a LOT of that circle in your news feed or hide it and visit it as it’s own thing. 

First, go to one of your circles. You’ll find them in the upper row of your home page: 


 Click on the name of one of your circles. (The “missing” ones are in the drop-down to the right of the list.)

 Once you are inside the circle itself, go the the square on the right labeled “In this circle”… and you’ll see a gear settings icon. 


In this drop-down, you’ll find four total volume options: 

1.  Show (or not show) items in this circle in the newsfeed

2. (if showing) Show more/most of the items from this circle in the news feed

3. (if showing) Show standard (some) of the items from this circle in the news feed

4. (if showing) Show fewer (very few) of the items from this circle in the news feed

Why would you need this? 

Most importantly, this puts you in charge of the thing that Facebook does automatically. You get much better control over what is shown or hidden than you have on Facebook. 

If you have topic-based circles for work, you may not want them in your news feed all the time, but may prefer to visit them more like a Facebook list…. there when you need them… but not flooding up your news feed. 

I have a photography circle that is beautiful and inspiring… but due to it being very high volume from image sharers… it was at risk of flooding my news feed. First I “turned it down” and then I removed it from the home feed and now visit it when I want some eye candy. 

Perhaps you follow a bunch of people that you “are supposed to follow” – perhaps just so you can share privacy restricted stuff with them – such as family, work coworkers, etc that you don’t actually want to hear from all the time. Set that circle to “fewer” and they won’t be underfoot so much. 

And if someone that you need to follow – but is super high volume – is flooding your stream…. give them their own circle and adjust the controls until they are tolerable! 

With this simple setting you can adjust your news feed (home feed) to suit your tastes while not having to evict anyone from being circled. 

Enjoy Google Plus!

~ Kim ~
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PS: Keep your circles to a minimum so that they give you just enough publishing capabilities and filtering capabilities without being overwhelming to manage. (Tip: Most people have too many circles rather than not enough.)

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Harleena Singh December 31, 2013 at 6:41 am

Hi Kim,

This IS pretty interesting indeed :)

I never know about this feature, but having a look at it now, it does make sense to shift things to ‘fewer’ if you want to see less of them in your news feed, just like the ‘photographers’ group, something that I love and have a lot of flooding my stream as well.

I think by default, it’s all presently set to ‘Standard’, so everything is visible in moderation I guess. I need to make my settings right now.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Wishing you a very Happy New Year :)
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Ryan Biddulph December 31, 2013 at 6:53 am

Smart tips here Kim. I am big on maintaining few circles as it is; complex, or too much, adds chaos to my mind and G Plus marketing strategy. Less is better and using your tips you can reduce G Plus noise quickly.

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Adam Kielich December 31, 2013 at 11:26 am

That’s interesting. I had no idea that feature was out there. It’s definitely one I plan on putting to use right away. Some circles are just too high volume. The volume slider is a nice tool for, as the name suggests, keeping the noise down but it also seems to be a recognition by Google that G+ pushes too much content too fast because everybody knows it is practically a required forum for content to get it into SERP.


Tim Bonner December 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Hi Kim

At the moment I only have one circle with everyone in it.

I had 3 or 4 but I got rid of them and thought I’d start again.

I didn’t know about the volume feature and that will come in very handy when I decide what to do with circles going forward!
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Julieanne van Zyl January 2, 2014 at 4:32 am

That’s good to know Kim, so far I haven’t found anyone to be posting too much, except sometimes the “google help” askers have a lot of questions. One of my favorite circles is scuba diving and I don’t mind how many photos they post, I love looking at them all, even if it makes me scroll a lot.
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marquita herald January 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Great tips Kim. I began spending more time with Google+ a few months ago and I am amazed at the growth without the headaches that comes with Facebook. While I think it’s important to have a presence on Facebook, I will be shifting my serious networking to Google+ this year so this hack is really helpful.
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Leslie Denning January 4, 2014 at 11:08 am

Hi Kim. Thanks for this tip. I really like Google+, though I haven’t used it as much. I continue to struggle with finding the time and organization to maximize social media, so any tips that I can use are appreciated. Thanks so much.

All the best,
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Chery Schmidt January 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Hi Kim! Like the rest of us here I had no idea we had the feature available and will go and check into this. I can see how this can turn off some of the noise!

Is FaceBook going to become something of the past Kim Perhaps you can share about what is going on there.

Thanks for all you do.. Chery :))
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David Merrill 101 January 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm

This is really great, and practical, information to have on hand, Kim.

Like Marquita, I’ve not done much with G+, but plan to make it one of the focuses of my marketing in 2014. This is information I can certainly put to use.

I consider Circles to be almost like fan pages on FB. And like you said, too many of them causes too much management. So I intend to keep my efforts focused to just a few pertinent Circles, and with this information I think I can keep folks much more involved than with FB, where we are pretty much at their mercy.
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Rosemary O'Shaughnessy January 4, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Hi Kim,

Many thank for sharing your google + tips. So true being able to focus on what we want to see on our news feed is a great feature on social media sites.

Happy New Year

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Dr. Erica Goodstone January 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm


Thanks for this information. I have not had much of a problem with people in my circles. The place where I have been bothered is within my Relationship Healing Mastermind Community. One person has been flooding my newsfeed and never attended the hangouts to really be part of the community. I will check to see if there is a setting within the community.


Dr. Erica


Angelina January 5, 2014 at 4:13 am

really great, and practical, information to have on hand, Kim.
Thanks for all you do


Sarupa Shah January 5, 2014 at 6:48 am

Good to know but I guess this matters more when people have thousands of connections and plenty of circles…so for now I love how the interaction works for me but can see the benefit of making adjustments…I do kind of wish however I had thought more strategically about my circles -as somewhere that got kind a messy…but hey ho…you live and learn social media ;)
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Kathy Sprinkle January 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

My circles are a big mishmosh mess! I really need to spend some time organizing things but phew it seems so daunting. I realize I ignore G+ because of this and it would really make a difference if I took the time and made G+ work for me.

Thanks for the inspiration to do so!


Rebekah Radice January 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm

What a fantastic tip Kim! I love the control Google+ gives us over our newsfeed, as opposed to the force-fed info we receive from Facebook.

I love the G+ community more every day. It’s amazing what a wealth of information you can find on any topic and how rich the conversations are over there. A completely different experience than I’ve every had on Facebook.
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Sue Bride January 5, 2014 at 7:46 pm

I have a circle (and Twitter list) that I call “Prolific” to weed out those who are interesting but dominate because of their frequency of posting. On Twitter I have one called “Ted” – yes he posts so often he deserves one of his own :-)

I am going to turn the volume down on “Prolific” now I know how to do so.

I wish that G+ was not tied to one gmail account so that we could consolidate those who add us on others.
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Lesly Federici January 6, 2014 at 8:26 am

Hi Kim,
Always great to swing by and catch a new tip every now and then, I have not explored G+ in great depth, so this is very helpful. Thank you again!
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Kyle Nelson January 6, 2014 at 11:31 am

That is a very interesting tip and had now idea you can do that. I am for sure going to take a look at it and fix up my feed, some people get a little on the spammy side and drives me nuts. (why i keep them in my circles is still having me wonder as well)
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Monna Ellithorpe January 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Hi Kim,

Thanks for the information. I am in the process of cleaning up my G+ circles, so this will help a lot.

Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Monna
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Everett Dalton January 12, 2014 at 1:16 am

this google plus feature is something facebook doesn’t have. being able to silence out a certain type of people. you can open up your music friends newsfeed, then your worker friends news feed to get a different story. its more exclusive but i guess some people need that option.


Alex Vercheski February 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I think Google + is vastly underrated when it comes to their social media platform, and I don’t think people understand how important of a roll it plays in ranking a website as well. Google +1’s, even though Cutt’s does not admit it anywhere that I have read, play a part in ranking.


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