222 People to Circle on Google Plus

Google-Plus-LogoI’ve been pretty hard on Google Plus on my own blog: 10 Reasons Why I Hate Google Plus and Google Plus is Dead. Most of my initial dislike of Google’s latest social network came from, in my opinion, other people’s over-reaction to the launch of Google Plus.


In the past year however, I’ve been using Google Plus and my opinion of this social media channel is changing – I think I’m actually becoming a Google Plus Evangelist.


There are a number of reasons why I think you should give Google Plus a try including an improved user experience, greater engagement potential, and finally, incredibly search engine optimization (SEO) benefits.


One of last year’s keynote speakers at the edSocialMedia Summit, Rand Fishkin, does a masterful job explaining the SEO benefits of Google Plus in this video from SEOmoz:聽Why Every Markter Now Needs A Google+ Strategy.


In order to make your jump into Google Plus a little easier I’ve compiled a list of 222 people you should circle on Google Plus and loosely grouped them into 5 different Circles: Educators, Social Media, Schools, SEO, and Brands.


In order to add these Circles please click on the Circle name below and you will be directed to your Google Plus account were the Circle will appear with the words “Add Circle” in the middle. Click on “Add Circle” and Google Plus will allow you to add the Circle.

Please note – these Circles are in no way complete. As a result, please add additional people to Circle in the comments below.


Good luck with Google Plus and maybe we can all Hangout soon!

Brendan Schneider

Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Sewickley Academy

Brendan Schneider is the Director of Admission & Financial Aid at Sewickley Academy. He blogs about social media, technology, branding, and inbound marketing for schools at SchneiderB.com. Find him on Google+. Subscribe to his blog and receive his Social Media System for Schools ebook for FREE. Download the eBook!


  • The biggest complaint I have heard about Google+ is that “It’s a ghost town.” If you find the right people, Google+ is a great place for conversations and sharing ideas. Thanks for sharing these circles.

  • This is perfect. Thanks, Brendan. I’ve been looking for something like this for a few weeks now.

    I’m curious, as you’ve grown your circles, have you seen an impact on your search results on google? Are you seeing content that has been +1’d by folks in your circles?

  • Stephen Johnson

    This is great, Brendan, thanks.

  • Thanks Paul!

  • As my use of Google+ has grown I’ve seen the Google+ results show up more and more in subtle ways of my search results. For example, when I search for a person on Google now their Google+ page shows up #1 in Instant Search. Have you had similar experiences?

  • Ryan B

    Great post Brendan…. Would love to connect sometime soon as have some thoughts around Google+ Hangouts that I would love to bounce off you at some point.

  • Hi @disqus_PvLT39p7YR:disqus — Thanks! Would love to connect. You can use the contact form at my blog http://www.schneiderb.com/contact/ or message me on G+ 馃檪

  • Carol Bahruth

    I’ve just created a Google+ account with my PDS email and am adding folks…

  • Christy Birmingham

    Great post!