#parody #socialnetworking What If Men Can't "Get" Social?
There's a lot of talk about gender inequality here on Google+. I have to admit, after reading some of the analysis and reviews, I'm worried. What if guys can't get it? What if it's not in their genetic makeup to be social? Tool-makers vs. Tool-users
The first instinct of many male early-adopters seems to be to take Google+ apart and try to redesign it. Fiddling with the tool and discussing endlessly how they could have built it better delights them. But they seem stumped on simply how to use Google+.Relationships. Not a guy thing?
In "Can we ever digitally organize our friends?", Kevin Cheng points to some of his difficulties. "...maintaining digital groups has two problems. First, you don’t know when to move someone from one group to another because transitions happen gradually. Second, it’s simply a lot of effort to maintain...When compounded with the high overhead of maintenance and likely outdated groups over time, it’s even less likely that I’ll know who I’m actually sharing a post with."
Fred Wilson, in his article "Explicit Groups Vs Implicit Groups," responds to Kevin. "...[F]riends and interests are not so finite and fixed. They come and go. They are highly fluid and dynamic.
I'm just about to shout "Yay! Fred gets it!" when he concludes, "I don't want to put my friends into circles. I want a machine to do it for me
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Despite these initial pockets of resistance, I have hope. In my three weeks on Google+, I've met plenty of men who break gender stereotypes. Maybe we could encourage more guys to open up if they had their own circle on the Recommended Users site. That site (see screenshot below) spotlights "Women in Tech". But where are the men? We need to make them feel more comfortable. M's List: Guys Who Get Google+
So to correct the oversight, here are some of my daily reads. This list is by no means exhaustive. And I didn't include any superstar gurus (like Scoble). These are just guys who are using Google+ to share their passions. They engage and amuse me and I'm always learning new, cool stuff from them.+Mark Traphagen +David Prieto +Ricardo Francisco Prochnow +Jeremy Welch +Ron Pemberton +Kol Tregaskes +Geeky Sprocket +Daniel Jomphe +Takahiro Yamamoto Sources for this article+Kevin Cheng
Can we ever digitally organize our friends?http://kevnull.com/2011/07/can-we-ever-digitally-organize-our-friends.html+Fred Wilson
Explicit Groups Vs Implicit Groupshttp://www.businessinsider.com/explicit-groups-vs-implicit-groups-2011-7
Google+ Suggested Usershttp://www.recommendedusers.com/