Last week I read this novel by Dave Eggers, “The Circle”, and I highly recommend it.
I’ll try to tell you what is it about without saying too much:
The story takes place in a near future in which The Circle is the most important internet company of the world.
The company’s first product was an identity system called TruYu that allowed you to have just one username (your real name) and one password for all the services and shops online, so everything was simpler and faster, and there weren’t anonymous and false identities anymore.
After gaining more and more relevance, the company acquired all the big competitors like Google and Facebook so the full control of internet was theirs.
Everybody wanted to work there at The Circle, its campus in California was like a super advanced mini city with thousands of free services for the “circlers”, and these always had the latest technologies and benefits.
The main character is called Mae and she’ll get a job there in Customer Experience thanks to a good college friend called Annie. Annie is one the 40 most influential people in the company, everybody like her and she will be a great help for our protagonist.
Mae has to balance her work with being the most sociable person online and attend all company events, whenever they are.
And that is the dilemma of the book, the purpose of the company to make all the world’s information publicly available to anyone, no privacy, and the implications this would have.
Throughout the book, The Circle will be presenting new inventions that will make this possible and it will encounter opposition from some people, some of them quite unexpected…
This is all I can tell, I highly recommend reading it because of the vast number of social networks that are being created lately and all the information these companies have of us. We are losing our privacy, our right to hide ourselves, so nobody knows where are we or what are we doing, to keep secrets…
This post was written more than 6 months ago, maybe things have changed or I don't think the same way anymore