No question, this is still a slightly clumsy venue. I think I started my account, tried it a few days, abandoned it, came back, tried it again, took off, and here I am again but this time I'm making more of an effort and I am getting more out of it. What's interesting to me is that the members of the ecosystem all seem to get that this is still clumsy and not widely adhered to. Because of that, people seem more willing to check out what you have to say, and will more casually add you to circles. Twitter is getting a bit calcified. Adding followers often enough involves outright fraud or is kind of like pulling teeth. Facebook is TOO personal. That's where I mainly hear from people I actually care about and have a relationship with, though I'm expanding beyond that too. Here, when I'm checking out my stream, it's more of a crowdsource slot machine, and the things that come up are occasionally very interesting. I've had a few very fun conversations, and almost 200 people added me to circles without my even asking. I think it's about 200, I'm not really paying attention and don't terribly care, as opposed to twitter where they throw your "score" at you every time you log in. Plus this interfaces with Klout as one of the big 3, and I think the Klout thing will become more important as time goes on. Interestingly, my Klout score isn't much lower than yours even though you're a major journalist with a kick-ass documentary and a really nice smile and I'm some broke homeless schlub who sleeps on the floor of a flower shop (though I have a nice smile too). That probably tempers my advice to give this a chance, as you do seem to be doing, and I am very much looking forward to having the G+ pachinko machine toss something into my feed that you've posted.