Google+ Circles Added to Google Voice

Google Voice is a cool product that gives you a centralized phone number and service.  Imagine having one phone number that rings every phone you own?  That’s Google Voice.  In addition to that killer feature, the service lets you manage voice mail, control which of your phones ring at which time and transcribe voice mails to text.  Add one more feature to the list: Google+ Circles.

In a blog post on the Google Voice blog, Google Software Engineer Tom Ford explained that Google Voice users can now use their circles to manage their callers.  His examples:

“…calls from your “Creepers” circle can be sent straight to Voicemail, only your “College Buddies” circle will hear you rap your voicemail greeting, or you can set your “Family” circle to only ring your mobile phone.”

At this point it’s very early, but I’m curious to see more integration with Google Circles and Google Voice and other Google chat services.  For instance, they’ve already included Google+ in your Gmail along the left panel so that you can look at your emails filtered by your Google Circles.  That’s a pretty seamless integration, and while it hasn’t worked for me completely yet — I’m a huge user of Gmail Labels — I could see new users using that service to more easily organize their email.

In any case, this is a very cool feature that you can set up by heading over to your Google Voice settings to take a look.  The original blog post is here, and let us know what you think of the service in the comments below.

Image: Kirsty Pargeter via Shutterstock

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