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Google+

2011-06-30
Tags: computers (6)

Google+ dropped yesterday. This huge new product by google seems to be their newest strike on the social network market. The product is based around the idea of social circles. These circles can be used to target different updates to prevent spam, kind of. In general, the idea of circles seems to be an improvement on the Facebook concept of friending, by allowing different types of friends (eg. friends, acquaintances, family, and custom "circles" too).

Plus also offers the ability to join "hangouts", which are multi-user video chats, so you can remotely hangout with your friends all the time. This seems very similar to Apple's Face Time, but also a little like chat roulette. There is something about the use of webcams that I find off-putting, though.

I'd expect that I'd have the same problem with web cams as I have with chat windows; windows are forgotten and completely ignored them until finally rediscovered and closed a day later. The risk with a webcam session is that the lack of engagement is still being broadcast across the web. I expect that soon many people will experience the feeling of forgetting their telepresence, and being caught in compromising situations (like picking their nose). I did have one professor in college who chose to keep a piece of blue tape over her webcam when it was not in use.


I'll sum up by proposing a new theory similar to Godwin's Law:
As the age of a webcam increases the probability of it publishing a picture or video of a penis to the internet approaches 1 .

The female corollary to this is the following:
As the age of a webcam increases the probability of it publishing a picture or video of a breast approaches 0.125 .