My experience of Google Plus has been a good one so far. I was one of the first to receive Google Wave and was very excited to later see how it flopped because I had no one else to use it with. Thankfully this time there is a fair amount of people using Google Plus and I have been able to test it out the last few days. I have to thank Obed Roldan for my invitation and Chris Brogan for pushing me into using it a bit more.
As of yesterday I had only used the send invitations function to later find out that Google had stopped giving access to the people you invite. I guess it is part of Google’s way of operating. I hope that filtering invites does not make people run away from it when it is finally open like google wave.
Not Integrating with Facebook or Twitter
One of the reasons I have limited the use of Ping from Apple was not being able to share music across platforms like Twitter (which I use the most) and Facebook. I have been browsing around and have not seen the functionality of being able to link to this.
However there is a benefit of Google Plus not integrating to other platforms. That means people have to make sure they create a message for that specific platform instead of just automating the whole process by synching it.
Attractive User Interface
Most of the comments I have heard is how people like the layout. It looks simple enough but also has some attractive tools with the ability for you to drag and drop your contacts into circles. This makes everything a bit easier to share than just publicly adding a message as a status.
A Refreshing Experience
For some reason after watching the @chrisbrogan tutorial I found the Google Plus experience refreshing. It really is something new with a different feel.
Enhanced Functionality when compared with other Platforms
I can clearly see many options that allow you to do things I wanted to do on other platforms. Like for example on twitter every time you hit send you have to delete the entire tweet. On Google Plus you can edit it and not have to create a completely different tweet.
Early implementers Are very Excited
Most of the people using it have done research and they seem to be very excited about using google plus just as I am. I have read how many people have there hopes up differently from other google product launches. I can wait to see where this takes us.
If you are one of the Lucky one’s to have access to Google Plus and want a quick overview @ChrisBrogan created this video tutorial which actually made me start playing with Google + a bit more.
What are your thoughts so far on Google +?