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[Jul. 17th, 2011|05:33 pm]
Warren Ellis

On July 9, I made my sole public post on Google+.  It reads:

Dear 1000 people who have added me to their circles apparently overnight: very kind of you to think of me, but the system is just not fine-grained enough yet to let me sort through you effectively. So I have to declare Google+ bankruptcy. Sorry.

Also none of you invoked me in the approved manner, which requires a bottle of whisky, ritual drumming, fire, two chickens, a bucket of eels and a nurse.

Neil Gaiman copied the post to his own account, and then deleted his account a couple of days later.  Totally understandable.  That little red notification button going off in Gmail every sixty seconds can get a bit maddening.  I just took a look at Google+.  Since I posted this, another 4000 people have added me to their circles.  It’s an interesting service, but it’s nigh impossible to find the people I actually know or am interested in within the flood of faces.  And the “relevancy” system is, um, not very good.  In fact, I summed my experience of that up as:

SCIENCE: I am actually probably not that good at it.  But I have the lab coat regardless.  And they cannot have it back.

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[User Picture]From: hep
2011-07-18 01:16 am (UTC)
i am having that same problem. google is all SUP YOU MUST BE FRIENDS WITH THIS PERSON BECAUSE YOU EMAILED THEM ONCE IN 2004 SO THAT TOTALLY MEANS YOU WANT TO INVITE THEM TO SHARE THE DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE!

i mean, sure, i know i can add a person to a douchebag list and ignore them forever, but when its 200 people half of whom have similar names to someone i DO know it gets tedious to even pretend to care about a new social app. i do like the youtube videochat player tho. i've been waiting for someone to put something like that on the internet for years now.
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