How to Use Google+ Ripples

By Feb 13, 2014July 2nd, 201433 Comments

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Social media is always changing and in this space we need to ensure we are staying on top of all of the changes. Google Plus has recently made a new change that we are thrilled about!

Have you heard of Google Plus Ripples? If you haven’t, then you are not alone.

This is a feature that we recently came across and it has truly changed the way we look at the content we share on Google Plus. Facebook has insights which help you determine what status updates are getting engagement and views, but until recently Google Plus didn’t have much in terms of statistics for you to view.

Google Plus Ripples

What is Google Plus Ripples?

Simply put, Google Plus Ripples is a tool that allows you to see who is sharing your content and how it’s spreading across the Google Plus platform. At The SITS Girls, we use this tool to determine what type of content our community is finding useful and what they want to see more of.

This tool is also a great way to see who is interacting on our page and develop a strategy to increase that number.

We created a short video tutorial below that will help you understand and apply the Google Plus Ripples feature on your own page.

How to Use Google Plus Ripples


Did you enjoy this video tutorial on Google Plus Ripples? If so, then keep reading!


  • duodads says:

    This post is very helpful and shows that you have a lot of knowledge on the topic. duodads

  • Lara says:

    I have heard of Google+ ripples, but I always left the idea simmering on the back burner. I’ll have to start incorporating this into promoting my blog. Thanks for sharing!


  • Tamara says:

    Hi, I’m the Tamara shown in this tutorial on Goggle+ Ripples! I had heard of Ripples before, but really was not sure all about it- and so I find this super-cool that a picture the SITS girls posted and I just happened to share “rippled” into this cool thing πŸ™‚

    For the people that are talking about not seeing ripples in the dropdown menu- I looked back through the last few weeks of my posts- it’s only showing on posts that have been shared!

  • swapnil says:

    i am trying to use google plus but didnt getting thankx for sharing such article

  • I’ve heard over and over again here lately that Google+ is going to be a huge social platform for us bloggers soon, so I’ve really been trying to utilize it! This is so good to know, thanks so much for posting about it, and with a great tutorial! XOXO!

  • Aqiyl Aniys says:

    This is awesome. I have not heard of Google Plus Ripples before. I do use Facebook Insights so they will be very useful.

  • Worli says:

    I think Google ripples is only available to page moderators, it was introduced in 2011 and can show you how your Google+ posts are spread through user sharing. The ripples of any public post can be viewed by clicking on “View Ripples” on the drop down-menu.

  • Laurie says:

    No Ripples for me. Maybe we’re just not as cool as SITS Girls? πŸ™‚

  • OOh! This could not have come at a better time. I use FB and twitter, but have not gotten into G+ much at all and need to figure it out. I am going to check out your G+ for Bloggers and G+ basics next!

  • Nicole says:

    Awesome advice! Greatly appreciated as I’m trying to learn G+.

  • Clotilde says:

    Thank you so much for the information. I had heard about Ripples but not too much, so I paid no attention to it. Will look into it now.

  • Emily says:

    So cool! Never heard of Google+ Ripples. I am still trying to figure Google+ out. The only thing I dislike about it is that my feed is too long to go through. Where Facebook posts are usually short & sweet, Google+ posts are large. So it takes forever to scroll through what I am interested in.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been half-heartedly fiddling with Google+ for my blog. I love Facebook. I accept Twitter. I hate change. LOL. However, I accept that, when I decided to throw my lot in with the world of technology, I made the choice to be in a field that changes faster and more frequently than any other so I am so very very thankful for articles like these or else I’d just be wandering around, lost and confused. You know… more than I am now. πŸ˜‰

  • This is great! I hadn’t heard about Ripples although I am started to get the hand of Google+. I look forward to the day my Ripples look like yours!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Mamapotamus says:

    Is google plus really necessary? It seems like more people are using facebook, and if someone is on G+ they are also on FB – so does it make my sharing redundant? I want to stay on top of current technology, but I also don’t want to spread myself thin and waste time on something that isn’t going to have a good return.

  • Awesome! I had no clue about this!! Thanks for information, it’s very helpful!

  • Sara says:

    I had not heard of Google Ripples, but this seems really cool!! Google+ is definitely on the cutting edge.

  • Laina Turner says:

    G+ is such uncharted territory and now one more thing to learn:)

  • Ashley says:

    Google+ confuses me and I’ve never heard of ripples before! Thanks for sharing!

  • TAmmy says:

    Looks like this is only on posts that have been shared. The posts that have not been shared don’t have that option.

  • I am not showing a view ripples in my drop down, I must not have it yet .

  • Kristi Corrigan says:

    That is very odd that so many of you don’t have this feature. I’m not sure if they are rolling it out in stages. We just recently came across it.

    • I think it’s like Tammy said…the feature seems to be on posts that have sharing activity. It is available on some of my G+ posts but not all. Thank you for making us aware of this new feature.

  • yeah for stalking shared post lol… no more googling key words hahah.. thanks so much for sharing!!

    camille davis

  • Charlotte says:

    I don’t have this in my drop-down menu either BUT I did go to the Google+ page for SITS girls to see what they were talking about and sure enough, it is listed there. I’m wondering if that means our posts haven’t “rippled” yet? I have no idea what the proper terminology here would be, sorry! But great post nonetheless! Thanks for this πŸ™‚

  • Never even knew this existed. Thanks for sharing. Off to see if anything went viral or if I’m only sharing with myself LOL.

  • Dena says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, but I don’t have that as a feature on my drop down menu. Is it just rolling out to a few?

  • Nicki Lewis says:

    I don’t have the option either. Wonder why?

  • Jean Lynd says:

    Oh wow. Thank you. I had no idea.

  • Erica says:

    I have to say over the last couple of years I’ve signed up for various blogger networks’ newsletters and participated in their groups. I don’t know how I missed SITS but in the weeks since I found you I have been blown away by the amazing content and tips you share as well as your blogger support. Thanks so much!

  • Ok this is crazy but I don’t have that option, I wonder why.