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Google was almost forced to take this step, and I am fine with it. It’s one of those situations where a minority of people have screwed it up for everyone. There are people on there that literally encourage teens with poor self image to kill themselves. Many, many comment threads devolve into a series of personal attacks on each other. If you are interested in history (and I am) and check out WWII footage, get ready for some Neo-Nazis to pop up. As Christopher said, this isn’t a 1st Amendment issue because this is not government action, and I don’t have a problem with this.
I also agree with Jeannie, in that Google is doing its darndest to make Google+ essentially mandatory to use its services. I actually prefer G+ to Facebook, so it doesn’t require any additional effort for me, but I can see being annoyed if you are not a G+/Gmail user.
I think it's awesome. Anything that gets people looking at Google+ again. I just did a few weeks ago and was suprised at how great it is. Only problem now is that everyone is stuck on Facebook.
I'm sure this is Google's effort to pry them away, let's hope it works!