I loved the format of G+ from the minute I experienced it. It has recently been opened to the wider world of Googlers and I am finding that I am getting followed in circles by more and more interesting people. I have taken the plunge myself and have added a number of new people to my existing circles.
What really sells this format to me are the extended posts. I am a fervent Tweeter but am often frustrated by having the character ticker count down towards the 140 mark. I know that the 140 limit is good for careful wording but would really like to be able to read more. With G+ I get this and so much more.
The links are there and so are the videos and photos but the range is so good. I have specialised in education and technology and find that I am getting cutting edge information in these areas by people who really know what they are talking about.
It is in the developments of technology that I have really benefited from G+. The search facility is wonderful (as you might expect from Google) and the suggestions of new people to add to your circles has allowed me to find people who are deeply involved with the development of new ideas or writing about the innovators. I have picked up more people to follow by looking at the linked names in posts.
Unlike Facebook I do not have to seek permission to follow.These people can choose not to follow me back but I can see their public posts. The separation of public as against limited or private postings has been a particular innovation of G+. I have tried to make most of my new blog post announcements public so that it can get to a wider audience (this post will soon be advertised in a posting on G+).
I used to look at Facebook and then Twitter first when I wanted to see what was happening “out there”. I am increasingly starting with G+ which has produced some brilliant follow up things for me in the past few weeks. Long may it continue!