Joining the borg - Tactical Ninja
Jul. 14th, 2011
09:01 am - Joining the borg
It seems that "Warning: Do not huff the sparkleponies" is the popular choice for the new meaning of the sign from the other day. I hear sparkleponies are about to be outlawed under the analog law anyway, due to their molecular similarity to kittens. Applying warning labels comes under self-regulation and we all know that that doesn't work when the manufacturers are all just out to make a quick buck regardless of the safety of their customers. What's that? The government should regulate? Why on earth should they do that when they can ban instead?
So I suggest that you start stockpiling sparkleponies pretty soon, and if you're entrepreneurial you could start bagging them up and selling them as Huffing Kittens and hope nobody notices. The government will pat itself on the back about how it's stamped out sparklepony use because nobody's seeking them out any more, and kitten huffing will become more dangerous, but who cares about that?
That above? That's called stretching an analogy way too far for my own amusement.
So I got a Google+ thingy.
I got around their requirement to use a 'real name' by palindromising my username (thanks beagl and bekitty for that idea). This whole 'real name' thing strikes me as strange. It started with Facebook - when that started up the signup form asked for your first name and last name and people just seemed to go "Oh ok" and use them. I didn't - I was Tatjna Tatjna on there, because I'm not about to reveal my identity on some social networking site just because they say I should, and I was surprised that other people did - and then complained about being contacted by exes, old primary school bullies, stalkers and bosses.
I know it's pretty easy to connect my internet persona with my real identity for anyone who's a bit savvy and actually cares, but I didn't get friended by random 4th cousins on Facebook and I don't want that on Google+ either. So I tried my normal username. No dice, I have to have two names. OK, I'll be Tatjna Tatjna again. Nope - apparently it isn't possible to have a first and last name that are the same. How about Tatjna . ? Not that either, although some others seem to have gotten away with this. Here's some more about real names on G+. And pretty much all my friends have used their real names. I am tatjna anjtat on there, because fuckem.
My first impression is that it's just like Facebook - it even looks sort of the same and has more or less the same features. One of the reasons I deactivated my Facebook was the very low signal to noise ratio, therefore I do quite like the circles thing because if I want I can filter out the noise. Also, at this stage of early adoption it seems to have a reasonably high quality of posting going on, because a lot of the people I've found on there actually say things of substance. Although there's also a lot of G+-related wowing, which doesn't interest me all that much.
I was disappointed that they wouldn't let the Youth of Today join. I understand that where it originates the age of consent is 18, but it strikes me as bloody odd that my offspring is legally permitted to bonk whoever he wants but he isn't allowed to risk seeing pictures of boobies or discussion of fucking on G+. My parenting style is very much along the lines of 'you need to learn judgement and discernment so here's some rough guidelines and if you click a link and get goatse or a pic of my boobs, you get what you deserve." And it frustrates me that Google wants to play nanny by preventing him from joining at all.
Following from that, I heard (dunno if this is true) that G+ selectively orders the posts on your page according to what it thinks you'll find most interesting. I looked at my own early posts and they definitely no longer appear in chronological order. This bothers me in my Contrary Apeth place in that it should be me deciding what I'll find interesting, not some application. And if I want the application, I'll ask for it. Therefore I think this feature should be optional.
My profile is facetious. This is a social network to me. If I ever feel the need to take it more seriously, I'll change it but right now I'm on there merely because a lot of my friends are and to see if it's something I'll enjoy using. I'm ambivalent right now - it's more interesting than Facebook, but similar enough to it that I'm a bit put off by that, and I'm not a big fan of self-updating pages because since I don't use it at work I have no idea how far I'll have to backscroll at the end of the day to see what I've missed.
I'm not a geek. I'm not someone who needs a thing because it's new and shiny. I'm not big into researching why this is the Best Thing Ever and finding out it's because it uses some code that's beloved of all the geek hoi-polloi or because it's made by some iconic social network person. I have no real desire to consolidate my internet use onto one platform and there are no gaping holes where my internet needs will be filled by this. I'm not anti-Facebook (in fact I'm a little put off by the gloating of G+ adopters even though I'm not a FB user anymore myself).
What I am is an everyday person with a fairly functional brain, a consistent user of the internet, an experienced blogger, and someone who is interested in communicating with a variety of people in a way that suits me. For what it's worth, this post is my impression of Google+ so far. I did appreciate the feedback on there about my essay topic so that's on the plus side, but I am reserving judgement.
Don't know/don't care? I'd be interested in hearing your opinions about this. I would have preferred to post it with no context, but unfortunately I can't figure out how to embed it. I'm interested in what you take from it compared with what it says is happening. It's a conversation between a man and a woman.
Still don't know/don't care? Remember folks, from now on your kittens could contain traces of these:
(I hear the green ones will really fuck you up)