Why We Choose ‘The Circle’: Google+

The past month has been full of buzzworthy social media developments, and I get it – people are tired of adapting, creating laundry lists of their friends, having an existential crisis every time they want to share a Funny Or Die video, and so on. Or maybe I get how ‘Olds’ feel, as I am rapidly approaching the age in which one is considered Internet Old (Omigod, stop this train, I have Peter Pan Syndrome and I promise to begrudgingly ‘fuck with’ any platform that trends on Twitter, forever and ever, amen). I concede that the bitching and moaning isn’t unwarranted. I spent three hours this morning trying to ‘get down with’ Spotify and subsequently subjected myself to all of the Top 40 tunes I’d otherwise managed to avoid for, oh, the past four years. Thanks, Spotify! Can’t live without you!

You’ve heard this elsewhere, and you’ll hear it from me – Google+ is different. It seems to be worth the effort – especially if you’re one of those people who only checks in on Facebook when left alone at a bar with nothing but your loneliness and a smartphone. You see, Facebook is a PC. It’s been around so long, we all know how to use it, it’s like the raggedy but comfortable robe we wear on weekends and refuse to throw out. But Google+? Google+ is Apple. It’s clean cut and user-friendly. And once you go Mac? You don’t go back. It’s disgusting but true. A key feature that proves Google+ understands you? Circles. No one ‘gets’ Circles, but it’s quite simple. Check out your privacy settings on Facebook, for example. Mine looks like the company directory from my last job exploded. Who can see my Wall Posts? Everyone except [long list of names which, if it weren’t such a pain in the ass, would be updated constantly]. Google+ knows you don’t like everyone equally. They know your ex isn’t your boss isn’t your friend. Circles allows you (upon adding a friend) to pigeonhole them (thus, dictating what you are and aren’t willing to share with them) in a seamless way. Better yet, other people have no idea what Circle you’re grouping them into.

Have fun creating a Piece Of Shit Circle or a DILF Circle or even an Estranged Family Circle. There’s room for everyone! TC mark

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  • Anonymous

    Would like to be in your DILF circle.

  • http://twitter.com/NukeSpoon Crispy Frontboat

    My biggest circle is The Internet.

    Pretty telling.

  • http://eccentricerrant.wordpress.com/ Alexandrea

    “Better yet, other people have no idea what Circle you’re grouping them into.”

    No point in getting excited when  someone famous/hot added you back because they might have put you in their Herp Derp circle.

  • Ivanov

    I need only two circles “buddies” and “booty calls”.

    • https://unemploymentisnotsexy.wordpress.com/ To

       this is true

  • Anonymous

    Woulda liked this article better if it was entitled “Circle Jerks.” 

    • http://stephgeorge.tumblr.com Stephanie Georgopulos

      Damn. That’s good. Think it’s too late to change it?

      • Anonymous

        Follow your heart, Stephanie. 

  • ellybelly

    Why can’t I +1 this post

    • http://stephgeorge.tumblr.com Stephanie Georgopulos

      Google+ is patiently waiting for a widget to explode on. They definitely need to get their share button game on. 

      • Brandon De Souza

        you can, just like google the title and plus one it from there in the search links.

  • Calvints3

    hated the apple comparisons for google+, please don’t downgrade google’s researched and well developed products to apple’s brand marketing

    • http://stephgeorge.tumblr.com Stephanie Georgopulos

      I’m sorry you hated it, and I’m certainly not suggesting that the two are brothers from another mother,  but I don’t believe there’s any contest w/r/t how user-friendly Google+ (and Apple) is to how clunky yet comfortable PCs + Facebook are. The interface of an Apple product is intuitive, so is Google+. People whining about switching to Google+ from Facebook reminds me of my dad (a +30 year PC user) who doesn’t believe that he’d be able to ‘pick up’ using an Apple. He can, it’s designed for people who don’t know what they’re doing (and I say that as a semi-recent convert and previous non-believer).

      I hope this clarifies my stance for you, as I don’t believe I was making a flawed analogy w/r/t the simplicity involved in using Google+ and Apple products.

    • http://stephgeorge.tumblr.com Stephanie Georgopulos

      I’m sorry you hated it, and I’m certainly not suggesting that the two are brothers from another mother,  but I don’t believe there’s any contest w/r/t how user-friendly Google+ (and Apple) is to how clunky yet comfortable PCs + Facebook are. The interface of an Apple product is intuitive, so is Google+. People whining about switching to Google+ from Facebook reminds me of my dad (a +30 year PC user) who doesn’t believe that he’d be able to ‘pick up’ using an Apple. He can, it’s designed for people who don’t know what they’re doing (and I say that as a semi-recent convert and previous non-believer).

      I hope this clarifies my stance for you, as I don’t believe I was making a flawed analogy w/r/t the simplicity involved in using Google+ and Apple products.

      • Guesty

        I don’t understand how my PC is… clunky? 

      • Kieran

        Good one bro, just argue for the sake of arguing

      • Guesty

        Hey thanks!  

  • https://unemploymentisnotsexy.wordpress.com/ peterbd99@gmail.com

    I think I’ll just stick to my prodigy internet account

  • https://unemploymentisnotsexy.wordpress.com/ TO

    I think I’ll just stick to my prodigy internet account

  • doop

    Do people know what circle they’re in???

    • http://stephgeorge.tumblr.com Stephanie Georgopulos

      Nope!  

  • MM

    don’t they have this on Facebook those lists?

    cause when they had the old chat, I would hide certain lists so I don’t have to talk to them

    and categorize my “Super awesome friends” vs “others”

    does anybody does this…

    but Google + looks cool but I am gonna wait a little bit longer

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Petro/512106373 Adam ∞ Petro

    will you send me an invite?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Petro/512106373 Adam ∞ Petro

    will you send me an invite?

  • Nietzche

    did google somehow pay u to write this… did u actually decide on your own to write this

    • http://twitter.com/Flarfer Dave P

      did u actually decide on your own to misspell “Nietzsche”?

      • Nietzche

        no im just a dumbass

    • http://stephgeorge.tumblr.com Stephanie Georgopulos

      I wish… do you know someone who knows someone? I just paid my phone bill, I would love some Google $$$.

  • Uhnonnymus

    Good god you sound like a douche.

    • http://stephgeorge.tumblr.com Stephanie Georgopulos

      Cool. Add me to your douche circle? 

  • Uhnonnymus

    Good god you sound like a douche.

  • Uhnonnymus

    Good god you sound like a douche.

  • Brandon De Souza

    “no one ‘gets’ circles but it’s quite simple.”

    THANK GOD I HAD YOU TO EXPLAIN THIS CONCEPT. ugh

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