I was fortunate to get an invitation to Google+ (thank you very much, Sherri!) and can give you a little quick feedback on it.
No doubt you've already read all about how this may or may not be a Facebook killer, how the demand is so high that Google has stopped invitations again and all that. I won't bore you with repetition. These are just my first impressions after a day of use.
Right off the bat, this is the feature I like the best:
No reciprocity! No need to "friend" someone and you have no idea if I put you in any of my circles or not. If I do put you in a circle and you find me annoying, you can block me - I'll never know.
But here's something I do not like:
I have hundreds, maybe thousands of email contacts that Google wants me to categorize as shown above.
What if I don't know someone at all, don't want to follow them but have no reason to block them? If I don't do something with them, Google+ will keep showing them to me forever. I need an "Ignore" circle.
Speaking of categorizing, I already have dozens of Contact Groups in Gmail and have sorted out quite a few people. Why not offer to create circles based on those groups and import them?
A few more circles things: Super circles. Groups of groups. It should be obvious why that is useful, but G+ doesn't have that. You should also be able to select a circle and copy its members to another circle, too. But you can't.
Here's something missing:
While Scrabble is the only game I care about, the total lack of games from Google+ is something they'll need to address quickly.
I have piles of pictures in Facebook. Where's the "Import from Facebook" tool?
I like Sparks (ed. now discontinued). I like it better than Google News. Better than RSS feeds. Better than Twitter. Better than Google Search (sometimes). I suspect Sparks will be my primary reason for using Google+.
I sure don't know. I thought Wave was fantastic, but it bombed completely. This may bomb too - and if anybody can screw up a good thing, Google can. All it takes is their usual lofty unapproachable smugness as to features and bugs or another privacy goof and Google+ will die on the vine.
Finally, no, they are not letting me send invites now. I'll tweet ([email protected]) when they do.
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