I’ve just taken the plunge and deleted my Google+ account. This is in a large part due to the “meh” factor, eloquently described by Emma Cragg, but also due to my uncomfortableness with some of the privacy aspects of it. See Librarian by Day’s excellent summary of why Google+ is a privacy disaster waiting to happen for a more detailed explanation of what exactly is wrong with the service. This is what I entered in Google’s “please tell us why you are leaving” feedback box, if anyone is interested:
I find some of the privacy options disturbing. For example, I do not agree with the policy of not allowing pseudonyms. I use my real name for my Google account because most of it is not public, however for every other social media account that is public I use a pseudonym (the same for each site, and this is the name most of my friends know me by). This is because a few years ago I had a stalker, and he used social media to cause problems for me in my social life. Because Google+ does not allow me to use this pseudonym, and because my profile must be public for me to use Google+, I never felt comfortable sharing anything on the service. This destroyed any usefulness the service would have had for me: I have no need to share things on Google+, where I’m constantly going to worry about who might see it, when I can share the same things on Twitter under a pseudonym and not have that issue.
I was also concerned when I downloaded the Google+ app for my phone to see that in order to activate it, I had to give it permission to share my location. I never use any geolocation apps, again due to previous experiences with my stalker. I think I would have felt better about this if it had been something you could optionally activate once you had started using the app, but to have it as something you had to switch on straight away put me off. For this reason, I never used the app – I just deleted it off my phone. I was actually relieved to have done this later on, when I found out that on activating the app it automatically uploads any photos on your phone to your Google+ account. I appreciate that these are not made public automatically, but I don’t like the idea of having my data taken like that without my having first opted in.