Why would I want this when everyone I care about connecting with in this way is already on Facebook...? I'm being serious here. All these "benefits" of Google+Plus seem to be features of Facebook - granted, some of then are a little obtuse, like the whole "lists vs. groups" thing, but they are there, and Facebook is nothing if not prolific with feature rollouts.
I also can't stand Google's longstanding habit of opening new products selectively and then making sure that every newspaper published in the English language reports on Google's new product that is awesome but you-can't-have-it.
I have an invite but I'm hesitant to join because it wants me to create a public profile.
It dawns on me, that it will be sad when it goes live and Google+ is plastered with ads
So, people are using their real names for this? Or registering Google Plus accounts pseudonymously? I'm tempted by the seckrit lair quality of the latter, but apparently Google is taking both a dim view and a firm line...
Stacey Sullivan, Google’s Chief Cultural Officer, encourages ERGs [Employee Resource Groups], “It makes us more inclusive and it breaks down the walls and the disconnects that could happen in such a big organization.” I would argue it is not inclusivity but exclusivity that is propagated by such systems. ERGs erect walls based on age, gender, ethnicity, and tenure within the corporation itself. This is not unlike the logic behind Google+ that encourages us to define numerous micro-communities based on broad cultural schema or on much more subjective and judgmental formats. Who knows what constitutes these schemata? We don’t, because we don’t know what categories we are put in. This absence of transparency on Google+ makes it impossible to reflexively know the grounds for our Google+ relationships. Members of Google’s ERGs at least know where they stand. On Google+ we don’t know what the name of the Circle is that we are in and therefore don’t have the footing to understand the relationship–only that we were selected and going to receive a filtered form of personalized knowledge.