Since Google + came in and introduced circles in a playful manner, people seem to be fascinated by circles. I like them, but they are not what they appear to be. I want much more from my circles.
It is very difficult to form useful circles except for some obvious ‘fixed’ relations in life — like my nearest family relations, my colleagues at work, people living in my neighborhood, people with same school that I went to etc. And these things can even be algorithmically detected and formed. They are not useless — like white bread is not useless. But they are not very exciting also. The real question is how useful they are after you have been using them for some time.
I usually find that almost every day, I come across a situation where I want to share something from people who are in different circles — I want to chat about Cricket or about American Football; want to talk about corruption in India and the damage religion is causing all over the world. Theoretically, I can form a circle for each item, but practically this will mean that I am always running in circles. Most of the circles are formed for a specific thing and they naturally exist for some time to serve a specific purpose. Over time, these circles start becoming stale. And this where the real problem lies — how to keep my circles relevant. And for this, there has to be a better mechanism then the nice playful mechanism of creating Google Circles or an algorithmic approach (that can be manually refined) of Katango.
What is needed is an approach that will form contextual circles automagically with little human and mostly algorithmic component so as soon as I specify my context, the system creates a circle and uses it.