You can't get any more social then taking care of bodily functions in public places. Whether it's men lined up at urinals or ladies collectively freshening up their make-up - water closets or restrooms are about as social as you get. Ironically, hanging out together privately in designated places might be the bull-eye that gives Google+ the competitive edge - heretofore dominated by Facebook.
Google's bid to reverse the curse that it lacks the social media gene has been a bone of contention for some time now. In the graphic novel, "Facebucks & DUmb F*cks," Mark Zuckerberg (aka Z-Man) dismisses Google (aka Gobble) and its reliance on "hyperlinks" as a minor threat in the grand scheme of things. Of greater importance, Z-Man targets the Chinese in his cross-hairs to gain Internet dominance.
Page from Facebucks & Dumb F*cks graphic novel
Google+ is an aggregation of existing Google, Facebook and Twitter products stitched together in a relatively clean and intuitive manner. For example, Google+'s "stream" is Facebook's "news feed," and that +1 button is an unadulterated rip-off of Facebook's LIKE button. It also built in one of the fundamental principle of Twitter that allows a member to follow others without seeking their permission - or requiring them to follow the initiator back.
Hangouts and Circles on the other hand offer slightly more than other networks. While Facebook is rolling out Skype for video chatting, Google's Hangouts allows up to 10 people to video chat at the same time. And while Circles is another type of "group" functionality, Google+ allows its users to put those they follow into several "affinity" groupings -whether it is the "friends" and "family" circles that come standard, or new affinity groupings created by individual users where they can assign folks to more than one "circle," if they so choose.
So while discarding some of the obvious scatological analogies cyberventilating the blogosphere - e.g. "circle jerks" and "letting it all hang out" - I was more impressed this week with an infographic that referenced all the social networks and how each one approached the topic of urination. Hats off to the folks at epicponyz for clarifying how one man's pee is another man's collective piss pot.
This clarification must be keeping Mark Zuckerberg up at night. Aside from joining Google+ himself and racking up more followers than Larry Page - I am sure he's not too please that Google beat him to the punch in building out the Internet's first social urinal!
Men at the Google+ Social Media Urinal!