Google+: Your Match-Making Aunt

Posted on 27/04/2012 by


So on Google+ there’s this little bracket at the side that’s a shortlist of people Google thinks you might want to add to your circles. Sometimes it’s, ‘oh hey, you might find these subjects interesting’, but mostly it seems to be, ‘people in your circles follow these people, wouldn’t you like to too?’*.

It’s interesting, because mostly that means the suggestions are for what I’d refer to as second-tier friends — people you’re vaguely acquainted with or see at parties because your social circles intersect but that you don’t really know.

And then this:

Google+ screen shot showing box entitled 'You Might Like' and listing with their pictures: Wil Wheaton, deviantArt and Dalai Lama

My second-tier friends… Wil Wheaton, DeviantART and the Dalai Lama. Apparently.


* I always feel a little like Google (or Facebook or Twitter, cause you know they do it too) are that chaperone at the ball who’s trying to make everyone be friends with one another. “Look, you know that person and he knows that person, and you both have hair…”


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