Google's answer to Facebook is here... while the usual warnings regarding Google products apply... as usual... I hope, 1) it takes off, and 2) they don't let it whither and die. :p
Ars has a pretty good article on the... initiative. Google+ tour.
What I noted from the Ars article:
-"legendary" Mac designer Andy Herzfeld is lead UI designer. I have no clue but I've been told it's very good. :p
-there is only one or two head honchos. This isn't a design-by-committee thing.
What I noted from the Google site:
-Hangouts look fun for family communication (we're all over the country)
-Instant Uploading of pictures and videos? YES PLEASE. I've been manually uploading to Picasa and sorting them from there, but if there's a way to keep them private until I sort them, and get them over to Picasa, ohh I want this.
I really hope that Android and iOS integration is tight, since many of my family and friends use one of those platforms... here's to hoping. Looking forward to trying it out.