Why with all the data out there should I have to manually assign people to Circles in order to send messages or interact with them? When you think about it, that’s something that could have been technologically done in 1999. Or 1989.
Instead, I should be able to tell a network, or a group of networks, “I want to send this message to my family members”. Or I want to share this with anyone that works at Engauge that I’m connected to. Or this is a funny video, I want to share this with anyone I’m connected to that is into stuff like this. Or anyone that I’m connected to that has shown an interest in mobile payments, send them this article. Or anyone I’m connected to that has kids, share this story with them.
All of this data is out there, available. When I manually try to put people in Circles in Google+, I feel like its an incredible waste of time and one of the more short-sighted things I can imagine. Think about it, what do I do when someone changes and now they aren’t in the right Circles? I now have to monitor everyone I’m connected to and if they change, move them in/out of Circles???
If I want to have a group of Atlanta social media people, what do I do when one of my other social media friends moves to Atlanta? Or one of them moves out of Atlanta? Or one of them suddenly gets a career change and starts working in social media? Can you imagine what that’s going to look like when you have a thousand people in Circles? It will be completely unmanageable. And it will never be accurate.
I can’t use Google+ anymore because I won’t do the Circles thing. I’m not going to waste time anymore doing that. Which means I’m not going to have all the right people in all the right places in Google+, which means if I do use it, it will be a half-complete network for me. And that’s useless.
I’m also now very confused why we all fell for Circles out of the gate. Like this was some genius thing that Google came up with. They only had about seven years to get it right (Facebook launched in 2004). And Circles was the best they could do?