I have been on Facebook for a while now, but Google just released their version of the social network called Google +. There are a tone of reviews going into great detail about the similarities and differences. This is not that detailed. I really like the look, feel, ease of use, etc. of G+. If is smooth, fast and well integrated to my Chrome browser (which has started getting sluggish compared to the new Firefox, but that is another post.). The two biggest drawbacks are lack of users and the idiot policy of no pseudonyms. I personally don’t like having my full name roaming the net. I just don’t. I know there are all kinds of security features, but I have yet to see something a human could invent that another human could not take apart. Besides, as similar as Online Me is to Real Me, they are not the same person and I like to have a little distance between us. This may well be what keeps G+ from ever becoming a real player against FB.
Facebook is a mess. Full of ads, security breaches and selling your info. The only things it has going for it are what G+ lacks. Sadly, that may be enough. People don’t like change and will only accept it if the change is better than the current state. I hope Google can learn quickly, but some of their other projects have shown that even with all the resources they have, sometimes they are slow to respond or too big to care.