If you have been living in a cave without Internet access, you might not be aware of Google Plus, which you might think of as Google's answer to Facebook (if Facebook were a question). After playing around with it a bit, it seems to have several advantages:
- not operated by Facebook
- your relatives aren't on it yet
- 90% of posts are about hot topics like Google Plus and how to use Google Plus and how cool Google Plus is, not boring topics like "pictures of my kids"
- are able to "follow" people who aren't actually your friends, which means you can get topics in your feed other than the Paleo diet, cryonics, and the Reichart and Garrett show
- and most importantly, circles
Whereas Facebook makes you lump all your friends together in one feed, Google lets you segregate them into circles for browsing and sharing. If you curate correctly, it's easy to share links only with the "Asian females" circle and to browse only the "people on my kickball team that I like" circle.
Unfortunately, at this early stage of the game you cannot nest circles, which means it's important to partition your friends correctly. After a lot of trial and error, I've found the following scheme of circles works pretty well for me:
- Asian females
- People who hate libertarians but put up with me for some unspecified reason
- People on my kickball team that I like
- People on my kickball team towards whom I'm ambivalent
- Former bosses
- People who post about things currently happening at the college we attended, even though we all graduated 15 years ago
- Jackie Passey
- Tall people
- People that I don't know who they are, but we have a lot of friends in common, so I'll pretend like I do know who they are, because probably I'm supposed to
- Fictional characters
- People I met at the Rudy Ray Moore concert
- Everyone else
If there's a downside to Google Plus, it's that it's a lot of work to check it all the time, and to casually brag about how many people are adding to me to their circles, and to ask everyone their heights so that I know whether to put them in the "Tall people" circle or the "Jackie Passey" circle. Nonetheless, it's pretty clear at this point that circles are the wave of the future, which means that my decades-long investment in analytic geometry is about to pay off!