Google+, for those who haven't had the chance to give it a try yet, is Google's alternative to Facebook.
Yes, it does look like Facebook, which on the internet seems to have become ammunition to criticize G+.
Personally, doesn't bother me. People are familiar with that visual way of receiving and creating information. Also, the changes that social media needs are fundamentally conceptual, not visual. And most importantly, it's Google, so as with everything else they create, there will soon be a way of personalize it to your liking.
And that's the key to what Google+ means. Its power is not in what it is now, but in what it can become.
Part of the privacy issue on social networks, only us ourselves can solve it. Whether we like it or not, communications happen increasingly online, and we are still trying to keep up with the system! To build a new platform to do that on, I for one think there's no one better than Google.
Unlike Facebook creators, Google listens to users. They actually have an ongoing list of pending changes on their official feedback platform Google moderator. Where, incidentally, you too can go and draw attention to something that you think is not working particularly well on any Google product. Here is the one for Google+.
Also unlike Facebook, Google cares about privacy. And already has in place some basic tools towards this end that I'm sure won't be the only ones.
So live it, contribute to the moderator. Let's create the social experience as WE want it. As it should have always been, with control over what we do.