Yes, Google+ is Google’s answer to Facebook, but not in the directly competitive sense many journalists assume. Google+ is core to Google’s mission “to organize the world’s information”, and that’s a better frame for thinking about this service.
Here are 35 slides to help kickstart a different perspective on what Google+ really is – a “shared interest graph.”
I tried to make this tour as easy as possible with some nice images along the way. Credits for all those nice images are on the last slide.
This was probably my most popular post on Google+, with over 2,000 shares: