From what I can tell, 4 of the 5 core Red Card Group members are now using Google+ (to the best of their ability) and I am curious to hear everyone else’s thoughts about it too.
Google+ looks very sleek. Everything about the layout is really well done (and I get the sense that this whole aesthetic change across Google products and services has been in the works for quite some time). Everything about it looks perfect. Special mention should be made of the photos, which - when compared with Facebook’s recent change to their photo galleries - is astounding. Facebook’s new layout is nauseating. It just does not work. Google+ definitely wins on that front.
I am intrigued by the Circles. It seems like a neat way to organize who can see what material, and I feel it gives you a fair bit more control over things that are up on the site.
One of the coolest changes is the fact that you can see your notifications in GMail. At work, I tend to have my GMail open at all times (because my work e-mail funnels into that inbox anyway) and to have Google+ accessible on that top menu is a fantastic implementation. It is also a good idea because it allows Google Talk to be accessible while you check your e-mail AND do your social networking. It is nice to only need to have one tab open and have the flexibility to jump back and forth between the various platforms. If only Google Buzz had caught on as a decent competitor to Twitter, because then we would have had no use for anything else.
I’m looking forward to when more people are able to sign up because it is hard to get a true sense of the whole experience in its current status because it feels so empty (which is very detrimental for a social network).
That being said, I am tremendously excited about the whole thing. I hope that it kills off Facebook swiftly.
Oh, and one thing that just popped into my head. The Android App for Google+ is phenomenal, and it looks so damn sexy I can’t even describe it. Check it out if you have the means.