I have not. You probably have not either. What happened? After the initial big push, the redesign of Google’s online properties and everyone’s almost automatic enrollment in the service, it has fizzled.
When I meet people in real life and I want to socially connect with them I don’t ask them if they have a Google Plus account. Most of them have Facebook and use it.
Google Plus has come out with Circles, which were really nice but it sort of stopped there. Facebook in the meantime added some simple ways to protect your privacy. It’s not as elaborate as the Google Plus Circles but enough to stop an average Joe from switching.
In the meantime Facebook has also released subscriptions, dynamics lists, changed their UI around photos and that’s just the stuff we know.
It sure looks like right now Facebook is moving a lot faster. That paired up with already built in Social DNA and a massive lead leaves Google Plus in the dust. What happens now? I think Google Plus needs some killer features that tie it in with other popular Google Plus services:
- Google Maps for mapping your friends
- Google Reader
- Google Voice
- Profile analytics and company pages.
Not only Google Plus needs to do this type of stuff, it also needs to do it pretty fast or it will go by the way of Orkut.