2 responses to “Google+”

  1. db

    I think it will be interesting to see where it goes. I have a Facebook account that I don’t really use so I can’t really comment on whether or not Google+ will replace that. As far as replacing Twitter, I agree with you that Twitter will still have a place. Many people just don’t have much more than 140 characters to say at a given time.

    Oh, and there is a mobile app if you have an Android phone. It is actually pretty nice and works well.

  2. Charles J Geravsi

    The problem social media sites have is how to sort through large amounts of information. I tried Facebook, but it seems like all posts get mixed together so a post about engineering gets mixed in with a post from someone I haven’t talked to in 20 years who lives far away saying “2 bus running late again; hope it gets here before the rain.” Twitter approaches that problem by limiting how much you can say. Then I manually scan for things I’m interested. I can’t imagine following more than 100 or so people on any system, esp if some of the people I follow sometimes post about minutia.

    Google is the master of sifting through large amts of data, so it’s only nature they should get in the game. The circles you talk about sound very useful. At some point we bump up against the human mind’s limitation of how many people you can truly follow while still taking care of the business of your life. My impression is Facebook and Twitter aren’t even close to hitting that “Shannon limit” of amount of following that can pass through a given brain. I’m glad to see Google in the game.

    Maybe the holy grail would be an AI that would read through posts of all lengths and determine which ones are of no interest, which merit a one-line summary, and which I should see the complete text of. The merit calculation would be based on my personal interests, not the merit of the post to a general audience. Someone else would see a post on a new cooking recipe but not see a post of great interest to me on an idiosyncrasy they found in an o-scope. This is the logical extension of the long tail, where the long tail converges to one person.