My experience with the new g+ design – What's yours?

My experience with the new g+ design – What's yours?

By Ralf Skirr.

I'm not complaining, only describing what I notice in my own behavior. I like many aspects of the new design, except this:

I find my own interaction on g+ is going down
– because I need to scroll more to see posts.
– because it's harder to access the streams of individual circles.

Before, I was a heavy reader (and commenter) of many circles. I don't enjoy the unfocused mix in the main stream, I rather access circles one by one.

Now it's just a tad less enjoyable to open streams and scroll through posts, and I see my own time spent on this activity going down.
#gplusupdate #ibmm

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  1. Ralf Skirr April 14, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    Do you notice any difference in your own g+ usage behavior, or is it the same?

  2. Nathan Devlin April 14, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    I've probably been using it a little less too. We can still access each circle stream by clicking at the top of our stream and selecting a circle. I notice that everything fits a little nicer when using it on my MacBook Pro so that's OK. On my windows PC, I hate the fact that everything isn't as centralized. I'm not sure why I haven't used it as much the last week. I think that the new style feels a little more clinical and not very sociable. I think the older design encouraged more social activity whereas this feels more technical and less friendly. Maybe it's just a perception thing.

  3. Rohan Pawale April 14, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    Yes I have found a difference in my pattern of G+ usage. Now I don't sign in to the service explicitly, just keep an eye on the red counter on my gmail toolbar…

  4. Ralf Skirr April 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    +Nathan Devlin I believe Google tried to achieve the opposite: they optimized the design to encourage social activity. Whether they succeeded with that, I don't know.
    Would be great if someone like +CircleCount would offer insight on this. After all, they measure interaction for a huge number of users. They could easily compare activity (comment, plusses, and shares) before and after the design change.

    +Rohan Pawale That's the genius of g+. While the press keeps staring at the stream, the real adoption of g+ is happening somewhere else.

    G+ will become dominant as part of youtube, part of gmail etc. The stream is merely Google's 'Appendix vermiformis.'

  5. CircleCount April 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    That's a very interesting idea +Ralf Skirr!
    We should wait a few days (weeks) before we make such a comparison because our average numbers are based on the last 20 postings (within the last 4 weeks). So, we should give the people time to compare afterwards these numbers.

  6. Claude Rieth April 17, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    +Ralf Skirr I confirm, it has now become more tedious to switch stream views to other circles, I visit other circles less.

    And I found interaction on my proper posts has gone down also!