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@rebecca.dias yes - tho I'm imagining Google will have some controls on that sort of thing. If they don't, they could have released it already..
3 years ago on Google Engineer: "Google+ is a Prime Example of Our Complete Failure to Understand Platforms"
Maybe they should be moving faster - but c'mon, it's been public for what? two months? I think it's eventually not going to *directly* compete with Facebook. Getting 500M+ users to update two services just aint gonna happen overnight and almost everyone is pretty happy with Facebook (even if they are invading your privacy, most either don't notice or don't care).
No.. I think G+ will succeed with slightly different angles.. ones that will evolve over time. Specifically, I'm excited about G+ for domains. As a business owner, I'm in the process of planning our migration to Google Apps for our mail etc.. Having G+ as an add-on to that service, allowing our organisation to discuss issues and share links etc is going to be awesome and I understand they're working on that. This also drags people into the G+ ecosystem and will result in many using it for personal use where they may have otherwise not.
Also, Facebook really took off as it allowed brands to promote the service. Once G+ does the same, you're going to see an increase in the take up. I believe Google are going to do a better job here than FB.. eg. analytics: Facebook Insights is a load of crap, GA for G+ pages will no doubt be excellent quality.
As an aside, I'd have a crazy notion that Google could integrate AdSense into G+. I think Google are going to need some carrots to dangle to get brands to promote it as their #1 destination over a Facebook Fan page.. Why couldn't they easily give you a cut of the ad revenue on your G+ Brand page using AdSense? For larger brands, it could end up being significant $
Yegge complains about G+ not having an API from launch - but it's easy to forget Facebook didn't have all the apps / platform-style stuff either initially. It's ok for that to come later as long as it's executed well. Facebook have executed almost flawlessly and success has followed. I think the G+ team were trying to avoid the Buzz trap, where everyone just used the Buzz API to replicate their Twitter feeds. This lead to little original content in the service and hence it's eventual failure.