The new layout is terrible and you essentially took away all the features I used the most, which is why I (And many others) have gone back to the old layout. Please stop trying to fix things that aren't broken and start working on things that are.
A quick list of things that maybe should have more work done instead of ruining a rock solid layout and toolset:
** Ditch automatic +1 sharing, or at least give the RECEIVERS the option to turn it off, since we can't rely on others to disable it on their end.
** Allow us to choose HOW we sort our stream, so that we can try to get at the stuff that matters most to us.
** Give us control over whether we see recommendations or not, as they can take up space better used for actual content we care about rather than 20 people we wouldn't follow even if we were paid to.