I'm using Twitter a fair bit now myself - at least on there I'll actually see most people's posts, something that's now a distant memory on Facebook.
Microsoft-like? No thanks, I had my fill of 'Modern' Windows - back on 7 again.
Speaking of which, this was on one of the occasional Microsoft newsletters I received today - Happy Retirement, XP - I'm sure the placement of those balloon strings is entirely coincidental.
The only custom URL I have for by G+ business page is the *entire* business name in full, minus spaces - RedunserCreativeSolutions - needless to say, not much use to give out to people. No option is allowed to specify a shorter versions (say, RedunserCreative). I guess I will have to consider changing my business name, since Google evidently aren't going to budge. No wonder they're trying to hoodwink as many users as possible of their other products into acquiring a G+ profile - the way they're operating G+ definitely ain't selling the service to people as an alternative to Facebook or Twitter.
[I really want to like G+, but I keep being reminded that I'm supposed to use it the way Google wants me to rather than let me find a way that works for me. Hell, the main reason why I don't post more stuff to G+ is that many sites still don't have an option to share stuff to it, whereas it's trivially easy to do so to either Facebook or Twitter.]
The collectivist notion that we're all sheep, and that society or someone just kind "owes" us a job (did not the Progressive Prophet FDR so speak?) is the source of much, much woe.
NE PLVS VLTRA
In Soviet Russia, your pick takes YOU!
I live in a part of town where the utility wires are buried underground, and there's no alley road behind houses. So there aren't any poles for Google to use. Somehow I don't expect it to be one of the first fiberhoods.
A few years ago, Time Warner used a hammer mole thingy to make a hole underground down the backyards, pushing 2-inch conduit pipe behind it, only digging a small hole every other backyard or so to ensure it was going in the right direction. The most amusing part of this was that they used the bottom half of a coke can to cover the leading end of the pipe to keep dirt out. I'm going to guess that TW won't exactly be going out of their way to offer to let Google share their pipe.