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    • You hit on possibly the defining difference between G+, Facebook and others.

      That is that it allowed you to make new contacts and along lines of common interest. The Communities aspect was, for me at least, such a rewarding way to expand my social horizons, ask questions, learn new things.

      As I have seen said elsewhere, Facebook is really rooted in a "friends and family" perspective and, whilst very nice on its way, it does not really grow one's social footprint.

      Quite why G+ had this edge is probably down to a bunch of things but for me the UI is a large factors. The way the G+ functionality worked encouraged a outward looking experience. I am sure I am not the only one to find the Facebook UI rather ugly, cumbersome and unpleasant to use.

    • long ago I had a FB account and my network arose from real world. But in the decade I was on G+ even though I made nearly a thousand friends, a few of whom I'd consider to now be close friends - I have never met another G+'er face-to-face. But they are all welcome in my home any time. We will not simply go our separate ways.

    • I was definitely attracted to Google Plus because of the ability to discover people who I did not know. Of the thousands of people who signed up for the Scrivener Users community, I am sure that I did not know 99% of them on the day I started that community.

      One of the main reasons that I continue to engage on Cake is that I can communicate with people who are not known to me about things which are of mutual interest.

      Incidentally, I liked the G+ as a hub strategy. I liked having a URL for a profile page in the original (2011) G+ platform, in which I could provide more information to people who I trusted. Less information to those with whom I was acquainted and even less to the general public. I liked being able to decide between public postings, circle postings and topical postings (Communities and Collections)

      The one thing that I did not like was that Google seemed to be more interested in growing the number of G+ accounts than it was in making certain that people understood the difference between the FB "friending" paradigm and the G+ "broadcasting" paradigm. To many people left G+ out of being confused about how it worked.