+Ibai, missing you here in DUB!
I don't think circles are broken, because I don't think they are intended to be a push messaging system, like SMS or email. It's also not pull. It's in between. And it would be annoying for me, if you can use it to push, then it would be broken (the first thing i turned off was all the notifications, i want to consume stuff, when i like, not get alerted by anyone).
Other reasons why i really enjoy the web version:
a) i can read much more interesting debates here from smart people (if only they were just about circles only!), For me, fb turned into a bit of a tabloid, where some people are over-exposed, while circles guarantee higher quality on the stuff i read and share.
b) because i can easily click on the streams and get a digest. Unfortunately, i cannot find this feature on android yet, but looking forward to that.
Hope you're well, man! Weather in Dublin is actually god today, you'd enjoy it! ;)