"Eggers clearly did his homework..."
Really? I believe Eggers himself would beg to differ:
From Circle Jerks: Why Do Editors Love Dave E…
" I want to make it clear that I have never read and have never heard of her book before today. I did not, in fact, read any books about any internet companies, or about the experiences of anyone working at any of these companies, either before or while writing The Circle. I avoided all such books, and did not even visit any tech campuses, expressly because I didn't want The Circle to seem to be based on any extant companies or upon the experiences of any employees of any extant companies. "
The led to findings such as this: 7 Supposedly Futuristic Technologies From Dave Eggers's The Circle That Already Exist