I'll just leave this as a running post on various G+ thoughts:
* Profile nav: so you can get to your profile by mousing to the left shelf or by clicking your profile icon in the top right and then view profile or by clicking on a profile icon in a stream - I think the oddity there is the 2-part interaction in the top right. Seems like if you click by the arrow or if you mouse over, do the dropdown, but if you click squarely (or on the left side) of the profile pic, shouldn't it take you straight to your profile?
* Your profile doesn't show comments you've made (there's also no way to filter types in your stream - or any stream for that matter). Right now, to track your interactions, you need to dig through your notifications.
* There's no way to pin things (say like this post) but that's more a "I wish I had a pony" thing that probably isn't so generally useful, but It did occur to me since the new views, including the Profile is much more card-centric. (other types of cards might be to list posts you've recently interacted w/, or your posts that have been recently interacted w/)
* Editing, not that it needs to support full markdown (I notice bolding works), but stars to bulletpoints seems like that'd be nice.
* Keyboard: "l" to load new posts doesn't seem to work (having an equivalent to Twitter's "." that loads new and brings you to the top might be nice. There's also no 'c' (create new post) shortcut?
* Keyboard nav: j/k are nice, but suffers from the same issue that Twitter's keyboard nav does - namely that it doesn't work well when mixed w/ non-keyboard interaction. As far as I can tell there's no way to use the mouse or otherwise directly pick a selection, so once you've scrolled, keyboard nav is useless. In almost all cases, it seems like once selection is off viewport, j/k should resume from the last/first item in the viewport.
* No matter how big your screen or how long your post, the editing textarea is this teeny tiny thing in the middle.
Reflow, Scrolling comments:https://plus.google.com/u/0/109417313079764396285/posts/e9XhKwah2Co
G+ as an island:https://plus.google.com/107429578742599355954/posts/dZMd9zme6nx
+ 2 WEEKS IN
Per usual, after checking on the redesign I haven't really returned.
* There was a brief time where the notifications were useful, but there was a +1 and I clicked and it had indeed returned to the anti-notification pattern: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107429578742599355954/posts/9w3CAUgLkSU
- this is pretty much never the case for Twitter and FB
* There's more interesting content being surfaced when I come back, but there's no reason for me to (return) - I post long-form writing to my blog (and surprisingly, more and more to HackPad), photos to Flickr (which get IFTTT'd to FB), Tweets - without cross-posting there's never any reason to engage in conversations w/ a presumably different audience. I dunno. G+ is certainly a more content-oriented experience than FB, but what's the appeal? For people that are too old to use Tumblr?
* I (like the rest of the Internet) watch a lot of YouTube vids. Interestingly, G+ doesn't interact/surface/do anything really w/ this. Feels like there's a big opportunity being missed re attention/interest graphs, but then again, GReader is being shuttered, so maybe that's just a global blind-spot.
* G+ is sometimes pitched as a social layer for Google services (that's aiming pretty low ceding the entire Internet to FB) but it doesn't even feel like it does that much.
Sure I'll return to post about G+ on the next big update.