Original Post: https://plus.google.com/113312804462990112705/posts/EhRhEp52UU7

Feedback on Google+

I really feel compelled to say something outright about this. I have seen a lot of people complaining about the lack of specific features on Google+ in posts or comments.

First of all, simply complaining about it will get you nowhere, and creates a negative atmosphere in the Google+ community. My Google+ is one of collaboration, advice, encouragement, and sharing. It's a community that works together to build a better world: a better world for people with special needs, a better world for photography, and a better world for everyone on the planet. I love to see people post about ways to change the world. It inspires me to do better, to make the whole world a better place to live.

Secondly, if you have a suggestion, criticize constructively. This whole I'm-going-home-and-taking-my-ball-with-me mentality will get us nowhere. Not only that, but it's damaging to our community. Let's use that little "send feedback" button at the bottom of our screens to help make Google+ better. That IS what beta is all about, right? It's about user feedback to improve the service. Let's use it.

Thirdly (is that a word?), There are great Google staffers right here among us on these very posts. They are great about accepting feedback, and deserve some credit, not berating. People like +Vincent Mo , +Brian Rose, +Sergey Brin, +Matt Cutts, +Natalie Villalobos +chee chew work hard to make Google+ a good community for collaboration and fun.

Last is my call for action. I know of features that would make the community a better place. What can you do about it? You can read through them. If you like them, suggest them using that "send feedback" button. It isn't just for bugs, I promise. For sending suggestions, go through the same process as reporting a bug. Don't worry about the screen shot and all that jazz (unless you just want to remove personal info).

Suggestions:

+First, I think to set Google+ apart, we should have the option of setting different profile information for our different circles. I'd like my profile to say something different to my professional connections than what it says to my fellow hobbyist or my friends. Different profile pictures for different circles would also be fun. We have the circles construction, let's use it to Google's advantage.

+ The ability to post single photos from previously posted albums without having to go through Picasa would be really helpful. While I'm at it, the ability to arrange albums in Google+ would also be nice. Thank you!

+ Closely related to the last one, I'd like the ability to +1 and comment on individual photos in an album or the album as a whole. Thanks again, Google Team!

+I, for one, would really like the ability to underline text in Google+, and to be able to bullet lists, say for example a list of suggestions in a post. :)

+ This may or may not be because of the coding of Google+, but I'd like to be able to move my cursor around in text I've written in comments or posts by clicking my mouse. Having to use the arrow keys to move up and down and left and right to edit my text is too time consuming. This seems to have been fixed, or maybe it's because I switched to Chrome. Firefox kept crashing.

+ Too often, I see posts jump up in my stream while I try to read the stream. It would be nice to be able to toggle to a chronological stream. I often miss posts, because they are not as popular as the posts I see in my stream. Thank you!

+ But now, I wish the stream were dynamic with the pause button, again. I really liked it streaming like it did when it would automatically pause when I scrolled down the stream. That was like some kind of amazing coding magic. I loved it, and I miss it.

+It would be wonderful to have a way to search Google+ users by profession or interest groups into which users self-identify. This would encourage and facilitate collaboration, which could be a very strong tool, especially for research and development for a whole host of different fields.

+ I'd also like if posts could be refreshed (or bubbled up) to the top of the stream if they are edited (especially if there is a chronological stream to view).

+People circle me and I haven't the foggiest how they found me or a reason they might want to circle me. It would be nice to have some way to trace back to how we are connected, or if we could leave a small message about how we might know a person when we circle them.

+It would be really neat if I could make a post just to my incoming people without having to add them. This would be a way I could figure out why people started following me, and whether I should add them back.

+ Related to the last suggestion, it would be nice if I could see "view all people who have added you" and "view all people who have added you back" rather than "view all circle notifications."

+ I'd like to be able to see vertical photos larger in the photo viewer. The horizontal photos are a pretty good size. Maybe there is already a way to do that, but I just don't know it.

+Hangouts: 10 is a really small number, but no one would want more than 10 people in a hangout. What I propose is a waiting room for full hangouts. In the waiting room, people could watch the hangout (like a Youtube link in a secondary hangout) and interact with other people waiting for the same hangout. When someone leaves the major hangout, the first person to enter the waiting room would be given an invitation to enter the hangout.

+Comments +Carmelyne Thompson had a good idea about restricting comments to only allowed circles. This would be useful for content that is circle specific.

+Excluded Circles/People. The - button would be really helpful for this very feature. I'd like to be able to exclude people from viewing a specific post. Say for example I wanted to plan a surprise party for James. It would be really helpful to be able to post to +friends -James.

+It would be really cool if we could highlight text in the posts of others and +1 what we highlight. That would make this platform super unique.

+Also, being able to comment on comments would be amazing.

+ Permalinks in reshares would be amazing. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to have to dig way through someone's stream for a specific post they made back in June if someone reshares it. I like to comment on the original posts rather than the reshare. Thank you Google Team!

If you have any ideas on which you'd like me to send feedback, please post them in the comments section. If you like any of the ideas in the comments, +1 them, and more importantly, send feedback!
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