Google+ Ripples creates an interactive graphic of the public shares of any public post on Google+ to show you how a post has rippled through the network and help you discover new and interesting people to follow. Ripples shows you:
Who has publicly shared the post and the comments they’ve made
How a post was shared over time
Statistics on how a post was shared
While Ripples displays a lot of cool information, you’re not actually seeing all the action that’s taken place. For starters, Ripples only uses public shares, so there may be a discrepancy between the number of shares that you see on a post in the stream and the number of shares that Ripples displays. Additionally, Ripples only shows data for the previous 53 days.
You can access Ripples from any public post in your stream. Just click the dropdown arrow at the top of the post you’re curious about and click View Ripples.
Not sure if a post is public? Look at the top of the post next to the time stamp. If the post is public, ‘Public’ will be displayed.
If you find a particularly interesting Ripples visualization, it’s easy to share it with your circles. While viewing the ripple, just copy the URL and share the link in your stream.