No, I haven’t figured it out. Neither has the rest of the world. Which means that now is a good time to write about it, while our impressions remain plastic.
Famous people: The “Suggestions” list kept including them, and I kept adding them reflexively, because I follow some of them on Twitter. Then I stopped, because I follow some of them on Twitter. I particularly enjoyed declining the opportunity to add Jason Calacanis.
Pictures: I publish the ones I really care about here on the blog. “Really care about” means thinking a bit and some time in Lightroom color-correcting, cropping, and so on. I don’t see any reason to change that part; I want stuff that I care about on my own piece of the Internet, not anybody else’s, even my employer’s.
But for lightweight picture sharing, where I want to attach some words and maybe bring a smile to a few faces, G+ seems just the ticket. Consider The birds are no longer angry.
Apologies are in order: There were people, both outsiders and insiders, who went on the record with statements about how “Google will never get social” or how the G+ approach was totally stupid. Eat them words. I’m not brave enough to predict how the G+ story is going to play out, but it’s an outstanding piece of design and engineering work; I tip my hat to the team.
Circles: So far, I’ve mostly posted to the world, but I think I’m doing it wrong. I have this blog and Twitter for broadcasting purposes. So I’ve cooked up a few circles and I’ll make a point of trying to cut the “Public” posts to maybe just the picture sharing, and route the rest to one circle or another.
Math math math: I’d rather not join the parade of people shouting for one new feature or another, because it seems to me that G+ as it stands hits a decent 80/20 point. Having said that, Circles are, mathematically speaking, sets, and I think set arithmetic would come in real handy: “Post this to the intersection of my Photogeeks circle and my Vancouver circle”. I can think of lots of other amusing permutations. The reason I bring this up is because I smile, envisioning a future in which math teachers use social-network constructs to explain Set Theory.
At-Work+: Would a sandboxed internal version of something like G+ be useful where you work?
Lucky · Us, I mean; lucky to be alive just now, watching these big games play out. Billions of dollars are at stake but that’s a sideshow. We’re working out ways for the people of the future to talk with each other. There are lots of possible outcomes; the ones that seem likely to me look mostly pretty decent.