Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 12:34 am
flwyd: (Taoist goddess Doumu)
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Google announced the Google+ project today, which is a collection of features to make it easier to connect and share with people you know. At the heart of this is circles: groups of people that mirror some of the groupings we make in real life. There's the straightforward "I don't want to share the pictures of Saturday night's party with my coworkers" case. But circles can also be used with more nuance, too: the people I won't annoy by posting amusing links about bacon, the people who live near me, the people I feel comfortable talking about my sex life with… Circles aren't a new idea for many LiveJournal users, who've had access to friends groups for years, but it's a concept that's missing from many prominent places in today's Internet landscape.

As a Googler, I was asked to invite a few friends to the Google+ field trial, which started today. This will be an opportunity to find out how everyday people use and confuse the features. "Launch and iterate" is one of Google's mantras, and we know we'll need strong feedback and iteration now that we've got users that aren't all in the atypical "Google employees" circle. The system isn't adding new users right now, but if you're interested in an invite when they become available, leave me a comment. (If you've got an invite from someone else, feel free to add trevorstone at gmail to a circle of your choosing.)

On the flip side, I don't intend to cajole, pressure, or spam anyone into joining. If this isn't your bag, I won't flood your inbox with invites and notifications. And feel free to invite me to be social the old-fashioned way: email ;-)

Date: 2011-06-29 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would likely enjoy an invite.

Date: 2011-06-29 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am going to add you to my nerd circle.

Date: 2011-06-30 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you find one, an invite would be cool. I love to beta-test Google things.

Date: 2011-06-30 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not sure I've got your contact info. Email my gmail address or give me a link to your Google profile.

Date: 2011-07-01 08:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would like an invite if you have one. my gmail is mikarma

Date: 2011-07-01 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would like to check it out.

Date: 2011-07-04 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think I would enjoy Google+. My e-mail is my lj name Send me an invite if you like, otherwise I'll try it later. :)

Date: 2011-07-10 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't comment, but I was going to, and you invited me anyway... so thanks for reading my mind!

too scared of social media

Date: 2011-07-11 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I won't play on any social media anymore, as I am too afraid of privacy issues. I do not trust the complex privacy settings which seem to change very quickly. I don't care if you limit to a circle--there is just no guarantee that a future employer will not see a post.

Re: too scared of social media

Date: 2011-07-11 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you limit to a circle, disable reshares, and disable comments, someone outside of that circle won't be able to stumble across it.

However, anything you put online, whether it's emailed, posted on the web, or encrypted and delivered anonymously, can end up in the hands of a party you didn't want, purely by an act of repetition on the part of your recipient. This has been true for thousands of years, through print, writing, whispers, and gestures. Some folks even believe that gossip was the main driver of human language evolution.
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