Permit me to get out the sandpaper and smooth out some of my hard-edged early-morning statement. First I want to heartily thank Media Tapper for assembling this excellent troupe of content-creators for their recommendations. Second I want to stand and second most of what was said in the main article. The stream is an inefficient conveyor of content, content should be filterable by topic, and circles ought be supplemented by folders. But last and most important of all, I want to thank Google for providing such a fine, albeit imperfect, forum in which to discover new friends, new interests and give voice to our deepest yearnings. I especially appreciate how Google invests time, energy and talent to continuously improve Google+ and I'm glad to offer my assistance in this effort.
What follows are three interrelated improvements not mentioned in the Media Tapper article, that address the core functionality which differentiates Google+ from other commercial social media outlets: extended conversation through comments and resharing of original posts.Threaded Comments
This should be easy to implement: allow users to comment directly to a comment. Blogs have provided this functionality since, well, forever.Promote Comments
Comments are second-class citizens on Google+. They should be given equivalent weight as originating posts. They should be fully searchable. They should also be sharable (pointed at — see next item) by others, making them effectively the same as a post. They should also be able to be promoted into a separate post, pulling along all the existing comments.Point to Shared Posts Instead of Creating a Separate Stream
I hate the way conversations become fragmented. Every share of a post begins a new conversation stream. Yesterday +Jeff Jockisch
posted something that was shared 233 times. It is impossible for anyone to monitor, much less interact with, 233 different conversations. Why not make shares into pointers to the original post? But with 233 pointers to a single conversation, wouldn't this become too large and unwieldy to follow? Not necessarily. The discussion can be separated by thread, which is a much more natural way to divide a public conversation than by the accident of who has circled whom. Indeed it has the added benefit of helping individuals with shared interests or goals discover each other. Remember, any one of these comment threads may be promoted as an individual post.