Yes, I like Google+. It is much smarter and much more elegant then Facebook. I like the circles concept and many other features. And I’m not alone with my affection. Fred Wilson, Robert Scoble, Nico Lumma, Patrick Breitenbach, Peter Bihr and many many uncounted more love it too. Within a couple of few days Google+ attracted a huge number of active users. Google+ became a threat to Facebook and maybe even Twitter and other social platforms. A significant drain of users is moving towards the new challenger from Mountain View. Currently more web nerds and aficionados than Justin Bieber fans. But there is also a risk to your existing social graph, your network, in this hype. The risk of dispersal.
We must stop a Balkanization into mini-regions and mini-tribes. Every social platform wants to get a share of your social graph, your most valuable capital as a user. Google+ is no exception even if Google is a giant player. Not all of your friends and family, fellows and followers will follow your trails. The result is that every time you add yourself to a new en vogue platform you split your social graph into smaller and smaller parts on different platforms. Think about that everytime you fall in love with a new exciting playground.
Remember, you have to have a home base in the great plains of the web. Somewhere, where your friends and family, fellows and followers can find and stay connected to you. Don’t annoy and irritate them. Think before you act. Think before you change your platform too often and move to a new home. Not everyone will follow you.