Why? well sometimes its easier to write an email than a post inside a social network. So when you write in Gmail having the option to publish it to Google Plus would encourage more posts to be put on Google Plus.
recently posted an open invitation to Google+ fans in Dallas to come tell him what they'd like to see added to Google+.
(Imagine the people who run Twitter or Facebook doing that. Yeah, hard to imagine....)
Anyway, I'm not in Dallas. I don't even own a cowboy hat. But I do consider myself Google+'s number-one fan. So here are 5 things I'd like to see added to Google+:
1. Expand the 5,000-person circle limit. Every few days I try to circle someone, and Google+ tells me I've reached the limit. So I go in and start looking for people or pages to cut. It's enormously painful and time consuming. Mostly I cut pages. Pretty soon, I will be following zero pages, not because I don't want to follow them, but because I'm being forced to choose between people and pages that I want to follow. I'm a heavy user who uses Google+ in my job. Part of that is that I want a circle with all my colleagues -- namely technology journalists. If I can't follow all the people I want to follow on Google+, then I have to find some place to follow them. I WILL follow these people, somewhere. Google+ has from the beginning been the unlimited social site in a field of competitors with all kinds of arbitrary limitations. So why, of all things, does Google force me to circle fewer people than I want to circle?
2. Fix Hangouts. People get interrupted by incoming Hangouts by people they don't want to be contaced by at times they don't want to be contacted. They ask me for help, and I can never figure out how to explain it. The solution for most people is to delete the app and opt out. Also: Make it super simple to launch a hangout. Right now, we'd like to use Hangouts instead of Skype for TWiT, but it's too hard to explain to non-users how to launch or join a hangout.
3. Enable posts from Gmail. Posterous used to enable you to post via email. The subject line was your headline. The message was the body of the post, and the attached picture was the picture in the post, all perfectly formatted in the Posterous blog. Twitter bought them to kill them, and now that company -- and that feature -- is no more. Why? This would be KILLER for Google+. With Google+, you can make a G+ post that is also an email to a bunch of people. I'd love to see it work in the other direction where an email message to a bunch of people could also be a Google+ post (by adding one's own G+ post email address to the recipients).
4. Give me an un-filtered stream option. The options for noise filtering for any given stream or circle is "More," "Standard" and "Fewer." Please add "All." It doesn't matter if even if your filtering algorithm is perfect. It bugs me because I don't know what I'm missing or why I'm missing it.
5. Show me fewer strangers. If you want to filter something, please filter my Notifications stream. Half the posts in there are from total strangers who I have never interacted with, many of whom speak an entirely different language and most of whom are posting about things totally irrelevant to me -- oftentimes just a picture of themselves or something. I don't even have time for all the awesome Google+ posts that I want and that are relevant to me and I definitely don't have time for totally irrelevant posts. Google is supposed to be great at harvesting signals from me, then personalizing my experience. So why doesn't Google know that I don't speak Arabic?
I'll stop there. I'll admit that it's easy to complain and hard to build a complex social site that pleases everyone.
I'll also say that Google+ is by far the best social anything ever and I'm still loving it every day.
This email is partly for Vic Gundotra and partly for the G+ team. But it's also for my circle friends just as a reality check. Am I off in the weed here, or would you like some of these upgrades, too?