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What's wrong with Google+?

The UI designer in me has thought about this a lot. I really can't quite put my finger on it. There's so much to love about Google+, so why aren't more people using it, and why does the general interest appear to taper off? Is it just an incredibly difficult market to enter, like search after Google?

My first thought was that Google+ fell in to the trap of trying to create the "everything to everyone" product, collecting too many disparate features with too little focus to bundle it all up. This is usually a highway to hell for any product, but since it works for Facebook, why shouldn't it work for Google+?

I adore Google Hangouts. I use them weekly at work, and once the plugin is installed, it just works -- you'd think someone else had built the product. Even on flaky connections with 8+ people in a video conference, audio almost never stutters. Still, I can't help but feel that's the only thing I'm using Google+ for.

I'm in love with the "Instant Upload" feature from the Google+ app on my phone. It works remarkably well, backs up all my photos to the cloud and has a negligible impact on my battery. But it's supposed to get me sharing photos here, and I don't. At least not as often as the diskspace I use suggests.

When I first joined Google+, I was instantly enamored with the Circles concept. Unlike Facebook, I could easily create my own social circle and curate the groups I wanted to share with. Given time, however, I've found out that I'm too lazy to curate my Circles -- someone, a shell-script, curate them for me!

There's even something to be said for all the ways Google+ is surfacing interesting content from YouTube, circle recommendations, even the "What's Hot" search in the sidebar. Still, that just feels like a curated stream of what everyone likes, and not what I like specifically -- those two bubbles wouldn't be exactly on top of each other in a Venn diagram describing my interests vs. the rest of the worlds.

So what's wrong with Google+? For all intents and purposes it should be working for me! But somehow, as much as there is to love about Google+, I can't help but dream back to the days when I could click "share" in my Google Reader stream, and my three friends would read it.

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+Mark Dodsworth exactly! I'm getting tired of "inspirational quotes" set in the Papyrus font.
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Coffee ice cubes.
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Bigger question is what in heaven's name is that record back there? Looks like one of the Bee Gees.
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Gorgeous day out.
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It was exactly here:
sjællandsbroen

That little bridge "Ved Slusen", looking to the right.
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The rain storm appears to be over.
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so nice
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This is a public post.

I post a reasonable amount here, but most of it I post to a couple of curated circles. If you're not a part of such a circle, don't take it personally, it's possible I just haven't kept my circles up to date.

Which brings me to this: the ability to create such cirkles is one of my favourite Google+ features, yet it's probably also the feature that makes this less social than other offerings.

I use the family circle a lot. I have one for coworkers, I have an English network circle and a Danish network circle.

What can I do to be more social and open here, keeping the language split in mind, but without a huge amount of curation?

In the mean time, you could follow my get-off-my-lawn-esque ramblings on Twitter, if you like: twitter.com/noscope

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embrace no groups!
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It's come to my attention that I'm a rather boring follow in Google+. That is because I rarely share stuff publicly here. Why don't I? Because I already share a metric ton of hot air on Twitter (so I guess you could follow me there if you're into that, http://twitter.com/noscope). The main benefit of Google+, as it's emerging for me, is the fact that I can limit stuff, base it on language, interests and more.

On the flipside, if I do share stuff with you, it means I truly, dearly, love you.
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Of course not. But if the problem is "stream overflow", this is Google, I expect them to fix that and do a better job of showing me what's intersting. If nothing else, they'll probably allow me to choose a default stream in the future.
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I guess...
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I wonder if Mark Zuckerberg is on Google+...
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lol, hes straight into my friends circle ;)
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