Firstly, welcome! I know things have been hard for you over the last few weeks (what with you having to close invites again and again), but keep sticking at it. Sure, you have some detractors, those who call you the Facebook for geeks and other such derogatory-sounding things, but stick to your guns; if Google can’t break Facebook’s domination over social networking, then who can?
Admit it, you’re basically just entering the fray in order to raise your profile, aren’t you? (And because you’re jealous of all that super-scrumptious personal data that Facebook is skimming every day) Ah well, heck, who’d blame you? I’m sure you can use all the additional data to make your search a whole 0.01% better (every little helps).
Honestly though, I love what you’ve done with the place. The interface is nice (though I’m still getting used to the ugly black bar at the top, we should talk about that), and the tools are easy to use. Oh, and the circles are cool, and well animated. But, let me make a few suggestions about some more interior decorating that wouldn’t go astray:
I’m a nerd/geek (call me what you will), as are all the people on Google+, and we like to play with tools like Circles. We like being overly anal about the way we organise our friends, and where the overlaps and differences are. And this leads me to the first point: Venn Circles. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could see exactly how your social circles overlap (or don’t)? I can assure you I’d spend many hours playing with that tool, just to give you even more delicious personal data, sounds good eh?
I know that you’re looking into this, but privacy is one thing that really hacked everyone off about Facebook, so surely this should be one of your prime concerns (behind giving me a fun Venn diagram tool to play with). The first thing was the ability to re-share items that had originally been posted with limited scope, which is basically uncool. But I hear you’re working on that, nice. The next is the ability to change the scope once something’s been posted. Now changing from public to circles is probably a little pointless, as the metaphorical horse has already bolted, but there are several cases where you might publish something to just your circles and then want the whole world to see it!
Again with the privacy thing. Lots of people are complaining about how easy (too easy!) it is to find people on G+: stalky roommates; weird co-workers; that barista at the local coffee shop that somehow knows your email address, none of these people should be able to circle me unless I want them to. I hear you’re in the process of fixing this, but hey, step to it, you’re meant to be the Elysium to Facebook’s privacy Hades!
I think that about sums it up for now, but I’m sure we’ll chat again in the future. I look forward to seeing how things turn out, you’ve got a prime piece of real-estate, and it’s definitely in a good neighbourhood.
Love and kisses,