Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, right? Why is it then, that we have to remember so many things? Phone number, ATM Pin, Pan Card Number, Email ids, their passwords, Internet banking passwords, DEMAT account numbers??Ironically, to remember all of this, I fall back upon the ancient method of noting it down on a piece of paper. So much for technology making my life easy!
A few months back, there was mass hysteria on Facebook about another Google product – Google +. I was a little wary of it, considering that their last product Google Buzz, was as effective as the TVC Nazar Suraksha Kavach. I wasn’t too impressed with iGoogle, or Google Wave either. Tomorrow, if Google Farts is released, people will still flock to get it. There is a frenzy, which begins with someone putting up a post saying:
“Limited Google + invitations available. Who wants?”
It’s like prasad is being distributed, and the clamouring begins. Well, morons, the point of a social networking site is that it is open to everybody. Isn’t that the whole point??
I have realised that whenever a new service is launched, there is a compulsive need to jump on the bandwagon. Ok, I have a yahoomail id (God bless its ghost), a gmail account, an Orkut Profile, a Facebook profile, and in a few years, will have a LinkedIn profile as well. So where does this end?
But anyway, Google being Google, it integrates everything to your mail even if you don’t give a flying fuck about it. So I hopped onto Google + to see what the hype is about. The first feeling I got is that it is a clone of Facebook, only it seemed much colder.
When you log in to Facebook, you are flooded with notifications, friends tagging you in photos, colleagues asking you for pigs for their farms, and buddies requesting for a Dirty Bra in Mafia Wars. No such thing here, it is as if Facebook got jaundice and turned pale.
The profile page is the same, the ‘photos’ page is the same, and finally we come to the one revolutionary bit that Google plans to beat Facebook with – the Circles. The concept behind this circle is that on Facebook, what you say is visible to the entire world. Here, you can restrict the information by making ‘circles’, for work, family, friends, etc.
But wasn’t that the very reason why we gushed over Facebook? That information could be shared with everyone just by clicking a single button??
Anyway, coming to these circles. Say, I have a circle for my office colleagues. I want to tell one of them that my boss is a dick. But if my boss is in my ‘Work’ circle, how do I do it? Do I then cut off an ‘arc’ from the circle, and send it to them?
And another part of circles is that you never know which circle you are in. Suppose I put a friend in ‘Closest friends’ circle. Now imagine how I’d feel if I found he put me in ‘Acquintances’ circle, which Google+ clearly says, is “a good place to stick people you’ve met, but aren’t particularly close to” !!!
We are human beings. Even amidst our circles, we have our favourites. It’s only a company with the arrogance of Google that can come up with a product like this. Time and again, Google has been hauled up for a number of its actions, and the biggest testimony to its ‘innovations’ is that dear old Kasab used Google Maps to find his prey. I mean, I understand that I need to send mails. But I don’t want a stupid, submarine kinda object going about the streets, mapping every house. Who gives Google the right to do that?
What’s next? Google Knot for marriages, and Google WhamBam for online sex??
We Indians orgasm for everything. I saw this update from a friend about Google +. It went:
“Google + offers video chatting with ten friends simultaneously. Goodbye, Facebook!!”
Now seriously, how many of us in India video chat with ten friends? Most of the internet connections in India are in the kbps range, and most of the usage is dedicated to downloading that latest scandal from Kanpur or Nagpur. Who video chats with ten friends??
So, this time I have decided not to fall prey to the hysteria. I don’t need different circles to communicate with everyone. We human beings behave differently with different people.
A little common sense will help me deal with this, I don’t need Google+ to do it for me.