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I was blissfully unaware of CircleMe until this morning, when my friend Jenny Hick’s piece at Forbes crossed my radar screen. Now I have another social platform to investigate:
Jennifer Hicks via Forbes
CircleMe is a social network of sorts, but only because our understanding and acceptance of connecting to people is now defined as a social network. CircleMe is however, is not based on the people you know, but on the things you like.
But, here is where CircleMe diverges from the standard, cookie-cutter social networks of today: CircleMe wants you to re-connect with yourself — meaning all of the cultural things that contribute to shape your individual identity. Much like Pinterest is online scrape-booking, CircleMe is about the cultural things that define you, or rather you use to define yourself.
“In creating CircleMe, we felt there was a real need for a better way to collect and engage with the things that interest a person in a lasting way,” said Erik Lumer, Founder and Executive Chairman, CircleMe. “At the same time, CircleMe doesn’t create a personalized filter bubble. It provides smart ways to link with people that have a common cultural affinity and through them, be exposed to meaningful novelty and expand one’s horizons.”
In other words, CircleMe gives users an easier, faster and non intrusive way to trigger serendipity and to disseminate culture, both high and low.
Aha! CircleMe is about coinsidensity (increasing the likelihood of serendipity).
But of course CircleMe is still really about people and connection, it’s just that all connections are nuanced by the social object involved, like a book, show, or personage. Connection through the things we love can lead to us finding other people to love, too.
I will have to take CircleMe for a test ride. Perhaps I will start with books and movies, since the tools I have been trying for that are not very good at all, and I don’t click with Pinterest.