These are the ways that you circle people on Google+. The streams of names, most with little photos but some naked, burn time but I can’t stop.

  1. The word “friend” groans under an overload of meaning.

  2. There are so many names that I think I should know but probably I really don’t, they’re just names that sound like you should know them.

  3. Some people have funny names. We all know the controversy about G+ and Real Names, but some of the funny names are really Real.

    Sometimes the humor is a tribal thing; to an English speaker, names from the Balkans and parts of Africa are most inclined to be humorous. I wonder if having a funny name changes your life?

  4. I have a short attention span; have never held a job for a decade. I’m sad, watching names go by of people who were colleagues, realizing in so many cases that there’s little connection left.

    I should hang on tighter to people.

  5. There’s a real pleasure in dismissing suggestions for people you despise. Sometimes they come back and you can reject them again!

  6. Sometimes a name pops up and you’ll smile because they’re good people you haven’t thought of recently.

  7. Putting a name in circle is a Secret Activity. I wonder how well you have to get to know someone before they “Show you their circles”?

After I typed this, I checked those lists and found the names of Ken Gardner, Jarrad Blackshear, 主役ちゃん, Caron Levy, Bor Fekon, Ed Giblett, Jon Bosak, Ricardo Acuña, and Jilliana Natalie.



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From: ebenezer (Jul 27 2011, at 18:55)

“The word ‘friend’ groans under an over­load of mean­ing.”

Another word groans under a similar overload. It's in the previous sentence: “The streams of names, most with lit­tle pho­tos but some naked, burn time but I can’t stop.”

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From: John Kapotten (Jul 28 2011, at 05:56)

"There’s a real pleasure in dismissing suggestions for people you despise. Sometimes they come back and you can reject them again!"

I know that feeling! It's so evil but so much fun. Because you have the power to reject them. Love it. ;)

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From: Brent J. Nordquist (Jul 28 2011, at 08:15)

"Putting a name in circle is a Secret Activity."

To be specific: Which circle you put them in is a secret, but the fact that you circled them at all is not secret -- correct? I've been getting notifications when someone else circles me.

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From: len (Aug 09 2011, at 09:39)

"I should hang on tighter to people."

Dunbar says you can't. But your should try. ;)

Reading an article on cooperation that Danny Ayers cited, I see the circles concept and binding order of names over time as illuminating cooperation maintenance (where the assertion is cooperation is not static or stable over time). The early adopter, first selections, sensitivity to initial conditions thing of course.

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