I’ve posted about Google+ before, but now that I’ve been there a month, I’d like to give my overall judgement:
In slightly more words: I’m really not that enamoured with it. Although I have 60 people in my circles, most of those are acquaintances picked up over the years from various things I’ve been involved in such as the Open Directory Project, Foursquare, Twitter or just from blogging in general. Very few of my actual friends, i.e. the ones I talk to regularly offline, are there.
And that’s because they’re all on Facebook.
So far only one of my friends has decided to move most of his social footprint to Google+ – pretty much everyone else cross-posts stuff from Facebook, Twitter or wherever – so really it serves me little benefit. And any brands that I follow or interact with on Facebook or Twitter aren’t on there yet, as Google doesn’t allow them. So there isn’t much to see there, and most of the people that are there are, to be frank, people I don’t really care much about.
I’m also uneasy about Google’s policy of closing accounts without a real name – it’s not something that affects me as I generally use my name openly, but several of my friends use pseudonyms to protect their identity or as part of gender re-assignment. Plus, when Google closes your account, you don’t just lose access to Google+, but also Gmail, any documents stored in Google Docs, Google Calendar and any other Google service linked to that account. And that’s something that Google need to sort out.
For Google+ to win me over, it needs to be able to attract more non-techy people, and give them a compelling reason to move away from Facebook. People like me have been on Facebook for over four years, amassed over 200 friends and have it linked in to all sorts of services and third-party applications. I’m not about to abandon that right now.