I agree. the circles concept proved to be useless to me for how I use social media, and probably filtered quite a bit of my experience on Plus.
When I signed up, I categorized contacts into appropriate circles, like family, friends, work, and acquaintances. But it turns out, once people are categorized like that, I shared fewer things with fewer people. I'm not going to post a picture of my cat and consciously decide, yes I want my coworkers to see this. So I don't share it to that circle.
Well when you stop sharing as much with as many people, and they do the same thing, it turns out that you don't see a whole lot of what's going on. When my friend started posting kid pics to the family circle, that means I didn't get to see the kid pics, which also generally includes commentary on non-kid stuff, like "oh look we're on vacation in blah, doing blah."
On Facebook, when you share something it generally goes to all your friends. Even that girl from high school you added because it was cool back then to add everyone to try to get the highest friend count. So she gets to see when I visit some new restaurant, and I get to see when she got married.
That is awesome. I like it a lot.
You know what else is cool? I've played a handful of Facebook games in my day, and many of those games give you bonuses for referrals, so there are are discussion threads where people are just randomly posting referrals that require you to add them as friends. So now I have "friends" all over the world. There's a guy from Nigeria who is depressed that his girlfriend dumped him. There's a guy from Sri Lanka who is a big cricket fan, and I've actually watched some cricket (the last world cup) and it's pretty cool. There's a girl from England who lives in a cool looking village that she complains about a lot. There's some chick who seems to have become unbelievably successful with her MLM business in the last 2-3 years, and is some kind of regional director now. She drives a Mercedes.
Again, that is awesome. How do I get that on Google Plus where (and yes I've done this) you just create a circle for people you don't care about (I had/have one for Ingress) and never share anything off-topic there?