DON'T SPAM YOUR FRIENDS
Google just rolled out a new feature, letting all of your firends see the stuff that you +1. I think that's obnoxious. If I want you guys to know about something, I will share it. You don't need your streams polluted with little posts that tell you that I just liked Timmy's update about Hodor.
Go to this link, change the visibility from "extended circles" to "only you" and your friends will thank you. Actually, they won't, they just won't start hating you.
If you don't HAVE the Google section yet, and all you see is apps and log, then it hasn't gotten to you yet, just give it time
Thank youfor making it easy to disable the obnoxious features.
Oh, and if you have no idea what the heck I'm talking about, reference this post by
ADDED INFO: At the request ofGoogle employee who has been informative and helpful to many people today, I am adding additional information here. Your +1s will not ALL be shared to the streams of your circles, there is an algorithm that Google has worked very hard on to try to curate only what they believe you will find interesting. It is definitely NOT intended to be spammy and will likely only get better over time as they improve the algorithm and as Google learns more about what you value.
They want you to think of it as a way to see the endorsements of those you have circled. That is good and fine for some. I still choose to turn it off and not put information into people's streams other than directly via share. But Google gives us a choice, and that is a very good thing.
I have seen comments from quite a few people who find it wonderful, have already discovered new people on G+, and look forward to getting those endorsements from people that they follow.
Choice is good! Freedom is good. Read through the comments here to learn more – and to see that Google personnel are engaging directly with their users, and are working to make this the best social network on the planet.
You don't get that elsewhere! (I don't think. Heck, I don't know. I don't hang out on other social networks)