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    IMHO, they way overdid the privacy part – it’s impossible to find and confirm that people on Google+ are who they claim they are.

    What did Google start with? They’ve started with your complete address book and IM contact list (as well as phone contacts from Google Voice), and a clean slate of a social networking platform.

    What did they do with it? They’ve obscured identities of everyone you’ve ever interacted with (with no option not to).

    To quote my comment on Google+, on my Google+ back from 2011:

    Google, if you suggest I add someone from my GTalk/GMail account to my Google+, how come it’s so difficult for you to be explicit about it? Why not tell me that I’ve emailed them xx times, or exchanged xxx IMs? Because some of these Suggestions are in fact not the people I ever knew or had any contact with!

    Seems like Google+ didn’t learn much from the Facebook Eric Schmidt incident of 2010. Meh.

    Yes, do people remember the Eric Schmidt incident on Facebook? A bit ironic that Google has launched a new platform shortly after the incident without any extra features to address a recurrence.

    Their chat functionality was quite a disaster, too – again, I think that they tried re-inventing way too much, creating mandatory brand new identities, instead of simply asking whether you want to borrow your existing GTalk/GMail identifier for use on Google+.

    And, the funny part, do people realise who may be to blame for this privacy overengineering at its finest? FTC. Standing order until 2031. You’re welcome. Coming to a router near you, too.

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      I had high hopes for G+ when it first came out. I liked the interface, I liked that it didn’t try quite so hard to become my whole Internet, and I liked that it didn’t have a write-API which meant I didn’t have to sift through a mountain of auto-generated posts every day.

      To me, the real problem was that virtually everyone I know already had a social network they were happy with, and so G+ was pretty much empty. I sent invites to my friends, but most people don’t spend all day on the computer and didn’t want to log into two sites to see pictures of other peoples' babies.

      I followed a few “famous” people, the kind of people I follow on Twitter because I’m interested in what they’re thinking, and it actually replaced Twitter for me for several months. But then they started monkeying with the interface, lowering the information density and barfing white space and Pinterest-like “cards” all over the place. They also made it non-chronological, which meant it was useless as a Twitter replacement (another “victory” for machine learning, I guess).

      At that point I went back to Twitter and never gave another thought to G+ except as a very occasional blog-alike or to share photos auto-synced from my phone.