I think this summarizes the biggest issues I've been seeing repeatedly in Google+…

By | July 11, 2011
I think this summarizes the biggest issues I've been seeing repeatedly in Google+ sofar: http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/07/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly.html

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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Google+ – O’Reilly Radar
(or: Why Johnny Can’t Friend) Google+ is, of course, Google’s second attempt at conquering the world of social networking (or third, or fourth, depending on which of Orkut, Buzz, Wave, et al. you coun…

3 thoughts on “I think this summarizes the biggest issues I've been seeing repeatedly in Google+…

  1. Sophie Wrobel

    I find that the UI is much better than any of Google's previous "going social" attempts. It's still, however, a long way from what users actually need.

    There's one UI addition which Google has done very well: Introducing the circle. The circle concept is extremely intuitive and matches how most users sort out their contacts in their minds. Where the circle goes wrong, is in its failure to accurately depict how most people share information about a particular topic to a particular circle, and the failure to sort out incoming information streams accordingly.

    The rest of the UI seems to be an amalgamation of competitor network tools: I'm sure you see elements from Facebook, Friendfeed, Twitter, etc. without the crap that users commonly complain about in those other networks. In this respect, it seems to be the next step in an iterative copycat process to figure out how to get a network platform up and running that works for the masses.

    As for what I'd like to see? I wish that the platform was more intelligent. That's the part that's still desperately missing – a solution to the "ugly" part of Google+. It's obvious that the network provider (in this case Google) has a ton of information about me – I give them that information in exchange for using the platform. I think that with that information, they should be at minimum able to provide me with:
    (1) it would be appropriate if they use that information to make it easier for me to figure out what I want to share with whom, as I prepare the entry to share.
    (2) the incoming stream could be presented in a more concise manner. Some sort of blend of the "priority inbox" concept – with entries from circles who I want to read every message from (eg. family) and entries from circles that I am interested in and want to read only the latest messages (eg. twitter / buzz followers).


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