As you may have noticed, the new version of the Behance Network includes a “follow” feature and a newly imposed limit of 1000 members for your Inner Circle.
Over the past year, we have received feedback from thousands of Behance Network members. During the process, we received a number of consistent complaints about the “Inner Circle”:
- Members were frequently messaging their entire Inner Circle, creating what most users consider to be “spam.”
- The purpose of the Inner Circle was confusing, especially for new members.
- Some users were using their Inner Circle to assemble conversations rather than creating a “Group.”
Given that most users were adding people to their Inner Circle to “follow their work,” we created the new “Follow” feature and brought it to the forefront.
The Purpose of an Inner Circle
The Inner Circle is intended to be a small group of trusted peers that you assemble to exchange feedback and help. You can post new projects as private – visible ONLY to your Inner Circle – to get confidential feedback. And, with the significant improvements to the Activity Feed, activity from your Inner Circle will receive more focus.
What To Do With A Huge Inner Circle
If you are one of the few users (less than 0.5% of the Network) with an Inner Circle of more than 1000 members, we are developing an option to QUICKLY select users that you’d like to remove from your Inner Circle and follow instead. We suggest that you notify your Inner Circle when you do this, so that they can follow you back.
We apologize for the inconvenience this causes for a small group of members. But we are confident that, over time, this change will vastly improve the professional relationships between Behance Network members.
The new network will remain in BETA for a number of months as we work hard to ensure that the Behance Network continues to organize and empower the creative professional community.
Please contact us with any additional feedback and concerns.