Running in Circles

Over the weekend I finally took some time to check out Google+, I haven’t played with all the features yet, and I am yet to be convinced that it will replace Facebook and Twitter where most of my sharing takes place today, but I am keeping an open mind, and it certainly has some nice features. If you have an Android phone be sure to check out the Google+ App for Android.

I am not going to write a full review of Google+ there are enough of them out there already, but I am going to talk about the Circles feature.

The thing is, I hate maintaining lists, which is one of the reasons why my music player of choice is my second generation iPod shuffle.  There are many things I like about the shuffle, but mostly it’s the fact that I don’t have to maintain playlists, I just load it up and go, it does the rest of the work for me.  Facebook has Friend Lists which are similar to circles, but except for a couple of lists I use to make sure I don’t miss certain updates I have never taken the time to create and manage lists.  Back to circles, nice idea, but am I really going to spend the time creating and managing them? Probably not.

Beyond simply creating and managing lists, or circles (I do manage a couple of Twitter lists but they are low maintenance) there is another question.  Do I really feel secure using a list or circle to decide who can see what post on my social networks? First I am putting a lot of confidence in Google or Facebook’s privacy and security controls to post something and expect that only a certain few will see it.  Second there is the inevitable screw up that will happen when I post something to the wrong circle, and if you are saying “that won’t happen to me” be honest who hasn’t sent a direct message as a tweet by accident?

So how about you? Will you use Google+? If yes will you manage your circles and share differently with different circles or will you be like me, one circle fits all?

5 Responses to Running in Circles
  1. Richard Schwartz
    July 5, 2011 | 11:59 am

    I certainly intend to try Google+, and if it builds enough of a community I will almost certainly use it a lot. But there are two contingencies on that. First, I don’t have an invite, so I can’t use it yet. Second, Facebook may come up with a quick enough response to Google, and if they do I think that Google+ will have a tough time building up a large enough community quickly enough to make it worthwhile.

  2. Luis benitez
    July 5, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    I am with you re lists. I tried using lusts in Facebook: failed horribly. I tried using lists in Twitter: failed horribly. Either I am using lists wrong or I just don’t have the patience to update them continuously.

    Will I use g+? Depends…. I’ll go where the masses are so if enough people move from Facebook or (more realistically) Twitter then I’ll move. Keyword here: move. I can’t add yet another social platform to keep track of in my day. ( I also need native apps for Mac and mobile )

    • Mitch Cohen
      July 5, 2011 | 8:01 pm

      If you were on Android you would have a mobile app already 🙂 there is still a chance that Mr. Jobs & company will approve the iOS app, it has been submitted

    • Chris Whisonant
      July 6, 2011 | 11:39 am

      Luis, are you sure you want to publicly comment on someone’s blog that you use lusts on Facebook? 🙂

      I use lists in both Facebook and Twitter. It’s the only way I can stay afloat in them (although it means that I usually only check into a subset of my friends)! But I definitely can’t add another social network. I don’t see any actual reason why this wouldn’t come out for iOS – remember Google didn’t submit it until yesterday, right?

  3. Luis benitez
    July 5, 2011 | 8:05 pm

    Hahaha. I know I know…