THE EXPERIMENT CONTINUES. Although I am getting few results, I am at least getting more familiar with the controls. There are many good things about G+. Like … um, when you want to reset all your privacy settings. Complex options, well explained (Except one: “People whose tags of you are automatically approved to be added to the ‘Photos of you’ section of your profile:” Yeah, go figure.)
And tagging someone is easy – ONCE YOU KNOW HOW!!! And I found out how to block someone (not that I’m necessarily gonna use it, but you have to carry a gun because it’s a jungle out there). And so on and so forth.
Now here’s something I absolutely love: The email notifications look exactly like G+! I don’t have to reload the entire thing just to go look at one thing, or respond. Gmail does it all for me. Sweet!
<Sighs> But it’s kind of echo-y and bare. Seems everyone’s posting links, but no-one’s posting their life. Their thoughts and feelings. Where is the soul? Oh the photos are gorgeous! Big, hi-res. Possibly even ‘enhanced’ (colour-boosted) by G+. Yup – everything looks good, but I want some action! Some banter. Some daily grit, or at least the chance to bounce back at a friend with a quick joke. Lighten up the mood, a little people!.
It’s like that perfect tatami room in the expensive Japanese hotel I mentioned last time. it’s too perfect, and if you toss around a few socks and food wrappers – WHAM! Some sort of hyper-speed robot maid cleans up instantly. Uncanny. Unnerving.
It’s an Alternative Earth, that’s what it is .It’s as if 99.99% of the world’s population has died (or been removed by a sinister alien force), and the remnants are scattered all over the world, the only thing they have in common with each other is a computer terminal. Otherwise – strangers. Cautious strangers. Edgy. Like: who’s next? Who’s gonna make it 99.999%? Hmmmm, so this new guy ‘Ged Maybury’? He could be one of ‘Them’. don’t post anything personal yet. … Oh look at that: banter! He’s trying to *banter* me. Yup, he’s one of ‘Them’ for sure. But don’t let him know you’re onto him. Just … post another picture of Japan in springtime! Yeah. (<phew> Safe.)
Or maybe they’re not really people. They might just be cleverly constructed Internet Acquaintance Simulators, digital replicants sensing my every move and recording my every [ +1 ].Actually, I’m sure of it! There has been a huge rash of Japan-in-springtime photos, Even in the last hour! And what did I do on my first day’s forays? Click [ +1 ] on the photos.
HELL! I just flicked back to close the ‘Settings’ tab and BANG! Another pic of fucking blossoms in Japan! Uh-oh; they’re onto me .. or I’m onto them! Or SOMETHING. This is getting scary. Stay calm, stay calm … Ummm…. <Ged cautiously [ +1 ]s the blossoms, nothing happens, breaths sigh of relief, reloads, another picture of blossoms in Japan!>
Seriously tho’ THIS REALLY IS HAPPENING! DOZENS OF PIX OF JAPAN. TRAVEL PROMOTIONS! THEY’RE WATCHING ME, FOR FUCK’S SAKE!! GOOGLE+ ISN’T HERE FOR ME ANY MORE THAN FACEBOOK IS. I’M JUST A SHEEP IN A TRUCK GOING TO THE WORKS! EASY MEAT! ANOTHER SANDWICH IN BIG CORP’S CAFETERIA! <now shouting at his screen> *ALL I WANT IS A BIT OF BANTER! IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR?!*