I have to admit that I don't really bother with Slashdot much anymore. If I'm on Facebook, I read the front page stories from there and if I have anything to say about it, I comment on it there. What Slashdot was thinking when they decided to make that move is beyond me, but I don't see how it was anything remotely close to "beneficial".
I haven't had a lot of time to read Teh Circle. Sorry guys.
I have had time to fiddle around with Google Plus.