By my count I see - logged into Google+ - 14 buttons.
1 Button for the search (depending on what you do, you get many more)
5 Buttons for Google+ Integration
1 Button for View Type (Earth / Map)
1 Button for Help
1 Button for Settings
1 Button for Street View
1 Button for Nearby Imagery ("Explore")
1 Button for Zoom Out
1 Button for Zoom In
1 Button for Current Location
>> there's all of these buttons that do things that the vast majority of users are never going to want to do, and the functionality that people do all the time is buried
I don't see this at all. Seems pretty damn clear cut to me.
Stop yelling "Get off my lawn" and get over it, or use another service.