Due to various reasons, I became a member of various social networking groups such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+, even though I do absolutely nothing with any of them unless I am forced to. I joined the last one because I was invited to a few of its so-called hangouts to discuss some issues. Of course, all these groups keep sending me messages about what other people are doing and people whom they think I would like to connect to. I completely ignore these messages and often delete them without reading.
But yesterday I got a message from Google+ that said ” Hi Mano! Here are some people you might know on Google+”. Who were these people that Google+ wanted me to include in my circle of friends? Shakira, Lady Gaga, Deepak Chopra, Jeri Ryan, and Maria Bartiromo. Ryan is an actress and Maria Bartiromo is one of those shallow cable news personalities.
I assume that Google+ uses an algorithm based on some kind of ‘six degrees of separation’ model to find potential connections, but I would have thought that they would use a cut off of one or at most two degrees as otherwise you would end up with too many people. I am pretty certain that an introvert like me who does not socialize much at all, let alone in celebrity circles, would be only distantly connected to any of these people. The only one who is even vaguely plausible is Deepak Chopra but that is only because I have written about him on this blog, but always to make fun of him so I doubt that he would consider me a friend in the unlikely event that he knows I exist.
So what could be going on here? Has the Google+ algorithm blown a fuse? Because there is absolutely no way that any rational system would try to link me up with any of these people.