Google+ is trying to help users expand their Circles by offering them a new Suggested User list. The only problem is that some users are taking exception to what they're calling an elitist system.
Late last week Google's new social network, Google+ posted the list in an attempt to help users who want new people to follow but aren't sure how to do that. Increasing followers also would boost the "sticky factor" of the new site and possibly make Google+ more popular in the social networking world.
The list includes tech-related people including Mike Elgan, a columnist for Computerworld, and Pete Cashmore, the CEO and founder of Mashable. However, the list also includes celebrities like Paris Hilton and Taylor Swift.
I don't want to be associated with that celebrity, get me out of here
Indeed, influential American tech blogger Robert Scoble asked to be removed from the list saying he "didn't want to be a part of this." In his 13-point post, Scoble explained: "Any list that has Paris Hilton but not so many other deserving people on it isn't a list I want to be on."
Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder of BlogHer, made the Google+ Suggested User list but says she's not a fan of these lists in a post on Google. "I totally wish Google+ didn't go down the list path," she wrote . "But I will probably mine the list for ideas. And probably, eventually, so will you. And I guess that's why they do it. We succumb. But I can assure you: A suggested user list will never help this tool go mainstream or keep the 'regular people' around."
And while the list is the topic of online chatter, Bradley Horowitz, a product vice president for Google+, took on the jabs that the list is elitist in a post.
List will eventually become personalised
"Today's list isn't yet personalised," Horowitz wrote. "At first, personalisation will be 'lite' - users in different regions and languages will get different recommendations. But per above, we intend to allow people to deeply personalise and connect with like-minded people that create great content around almost any topic they care about."
He added that they're goal is to enable Google+ to connect people on a myriad of topics. "There's actually quite a lot of diversity on the initial list, and I expect that very few of us had discovered all of these folks," said Horowitz." "I know I've discovered some great new folks I'd never heard of."
While Google+ now is helping users find people to be interested in, just last month the site added a button that enables users to ignore people who annoy them.