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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: warren_ellis
2011-07-18 01:20 pm (UTC)
Twitter doesn't put a blinky red button in my Gmail window that you cannot get rid of.

Relevancy captures work better on twitter. In fact, discovery works better, too, as you can see who your twitter friends talk to (in a couple of ways).

Also, have you noticed that when your friends arrive on Twitter, they tweet at you? But when they arrive on G+ they assume the notification that they put you in a circle will work? But you get at least ten notifications every minute on your Gmail button, and the notifications sort of vanish into a memory hole if you don't have email notifications on, so if you are say asleep or eating or taking a piss or hey maybe even not online for a day... SO, when you come back, your friend who added you to a circle is one of a thousand little faces. If you're me.

Among other things. Those are off the top of my head.

I mean, it's hardly a terrible thing to not be able to use a free web service effectively. But the situation was amusing enough to me for a blog post.
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[User Picture]From: goffchick
2011-07-18 07:50 pm (UTC)
Pff, it's just because you're too damn popular and you've broken their little system. IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT. GOOGLE+ TOLD ME SO.
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