Forum Thread: Add to circles without sending invitation

It is now possible to use circles to manage and structure your gmail contacts.

I would like to use it, also for my professional contacts (who usually don't have G+). 
Is it possible to add someone to a circle without inviting them?

I don't want to spam all my contacts and clients with invitations...

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Unfortunately, I don't think there's a way for you to add your contacts to your Google+ circles without notifying them. It doesn't really make sense to add non-Google+ people to Google+ circles, anyway, as 1. you aren't seeing content/shared information from them, and 2. you're not planning on sharing content directly to them.

However, in your Google contacts, you can divide your contacts into groups without notifying them. 

Go to your contacts section, and select the people you want to add to a particular group. As shown in the screenshot below, there's an icon that has three heads. That's the "groups" icon. Select that icon, and add the people to an existing group, or create a new one. These people will not be invited to Google+. 

Hope that helps!

Well, it does make sense to me as:

  • I would like to have all my contacts combined in one place: the ones that happen to use google+, as well as all the rest
  • I could use groups; but then I cannot use googles added functionality for circles

For me, it would make sense if google would, at one point, merge the "groups" and "circle" concepts as they do almost the same thing, but not completely.

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