David writes a nice primer here on how the design of GurglePlus is shaping the usage of it.
For the record, I have a handful of circles going: Friends, Family, Acquaintances, Who Is This Again?, Following and I Don't Know This Guy. As well as one for my writing group. But I only end up publishing to the Public circle, because I haven't said anything that requires me to limit myself. Yet. I guess.
David Demaree — Google and cognitive overhead
Are you tired of hearing about it yet? I’m getting there. There’s more chatter about Google right now than there is on Google , and most of what’s on Google is conversations about Google .
I’m sure Google didn’t set out to build the world’s most narcissistic social network, but considering how it’s designed and the “problems” it’s designed to solve, it also seems inevitable that Google would turn out this way. In trying to make a slicker, friendlier Facebook they’ve built a machine that requires so much active maintenance that its users are bonding over how frustrating it is to use, like guests at a dinner party whose hosts have decided not to have plates, where the lack of plates becomes the best, easiest thing to talk about.
It’s clear that Google is closer than they ever have been to getting people excited about a social networking product, but right now I’d say people are more intrigued than anything else. Some friends and I were talking about it at brunch a few days ago, and someone who didn’t have Google yet asked how it’s supposed to be better than Facebook. “Well,” one said, “you’re supposed to be able to control who sees your posts better. There are these Circle things.”
Ah, yes. The Circle things. . . .