Wired has an interesting view on Google's attempts to set its social network on fire.
- Google Hangouts -> broadcast television.
- Google Plus images -> Online photo enhancement tool AND smart pattern recognition search engine
The approach seems to be that if Google can load Google+ with enough great features — live broadcasting, photo, and video this time around - the company can get you to turn over at least a part of yourself to its data-hungry hive mind
Such algorithmic sophistication is what makes Google Google. But its aggressive foray into photos also calls to mind another social network that has figured out a much simpler way to extract value from images.