Brad, I agree. A lot of people are not understanding how web fonts work here. This has nothing to do with Google Plus.
To quote schenney at Chromium developers from November:
"I am restricting comments. We know it's bad, we know we need to fix it, and it is in the process of being fixed. Unfortunately it's not as simple as flipping a switch.
There have been plenty of workarounds suggested in the comments already. That's no excuse for us, but it will help you get by until we fix it properly."https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=137692#c104
It almost seems like the problem here is that Microsoft has not made it easy for Google to port DirectWrite to Chrome whereas Firefox has had support for it for a long time.