first, AWESOME job on the Shuttle coverage +Robert Scoble
!! That said, I told myself yesterday I was going to stop having discussions with anybody about fb v. G+. That didn't last too long. You and wifey do bring up some interesting fodder for thought and discussion though.
1. Somebody already said this, but I don't think you and wife represent "typical social networking use case", that is stating the obvious. She is "guilty of attraction" by association. If she would have been listed here by her maiden name and not mentioned on your profile what do you think her signal/noise ratio would have been then?
2. This has been brought home again a few times this week between both Eric's and Mark's talks this week, "Google+ plus was not designed or developed to "be the next Facebook", it was designed and developed to make all of Google's existing family of products and services better..and fb's focus is to be a great contact manager for as Mark iterates passionately "people you really care about" (to a typical human with Internet access that is roughly 100 people using Mark's definition, school, work friends, family, etc.).
In that regards they are like comparing tangerines to avocados. To say one is going to beat the other just doesn't make sense to me. You are in touch with 10's of thousands of people, Twitter here, etc, right? ...How many of those do you "really care about"? Not many right? If so you'd be complaining to Mark you can only have 5,000 friends in your primary fb account. So, that said, I would say to people who are and have been heavy Google products users over the past 10 years or so, sure it will be easy for us to pick up on the benefits of G+. Is it for "everybody"?, no of course not. Will it be useful enough for a lot of people as time goes on that it will make the world of Google bigger and better and more feature rich for even those that don't use G+? Yeah, I think so.
I think Twitter is the stupidest thing on the face of the planet, but that doesn't mean I think it is going to fall apart at the seams any time soon. I don't drink coffee yet I get the attraction to Starbucks. Any experienced marketer and/or product development guru knows you can't make objective decisions on success or failure based on personal use cases. It is anecdotal at best. Out of wifey's existing friends in facebook, how many had G+ as of today, and how had she organized her circles?
I have used this analogy before, social networking is the size of a Round Table Personal Pizza today, its on its way to becoming Jumbo Family Size Papa Murphy's Pizza over next ten years...in that big a pizza there will be plenty of room to squeeze on lots of different varieties of toppings. I can almost guarantee for the next few years of course one of my dozens of Chrome tabs will have and "f" on it yet the majority of my social networking will take place via G+...no matter how strong G+ becomes or doesn't become, you are right fb isn't "going away".