Emmett - 10:52 am on Apr 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
I love Google+ and I think it's the direction they are heading for SEO. When someone shares a link on G+ Google gets instant feedback on social popularity. Even in beta I posted an article to my blog and saw it hit the top half of page 1 overnight. I can't say for sure it was related to sharing through the site but I never had instant success for an article like that before.
I've stuck with it through the good times and the hard times and I've built a base of over 25k followers. They had a glitch over the past few months that severely limited visibility of posts but with the new update that's been fixed and I see them all again and have great interaction once again. I think authorship is great to stand out in the race too. Having a photo next to your link adds to the trust factor.
Anyway, I'm sure my G+ love fest is probably kind of annoying so I'll end the comment. Got to get back to work on my sites and see success for once in my life!