I can see where you are coming from on those aspects, I enjoy the names policy (people are slightly less belligerent) but I would be naive if I didn’t acknowledge the risks involved… and I am not talking about “people will know everywhere I’ve posted and sites I’ve visited” and etc… most peoples usernames are recycled, they’re often as good as a name for that. It’s the Matt Honan type incidents that’s a worry.
I’ve been using Google Voice integrated with my Sprint account for about a year and pretty much exclusively answer my phone and text from my browser when ever I am at my home or work computer. While it is nice that I can send sms through my chrome extension or gmail I was hoping this would unify all my conversations and contacts completely allowing me to send and receive through one application like Google talk. Ah well.
I think Google have made a mistake in not opening up the API for it, so 3rd parties can make clients and different clients will appeal to different use cases aiding more people to get more from the still young network.
Then you will have a million app automated posts about so and so used this or won this or scored that on so and so app. I’ll pass on that. but you are right G+ is about what you like, if you want to see what your friends did or think stay on the fb, if you want to read stories, discuss things inline with your interests G+ is a great start.