Today Google announced Google+, their latest attempt at a social network, in a TechCrunch article. In the days to come there will certainly be articles about why it will fail, why it will succeed, or why it will implode and destroy the whole world (you think I'm kidding, just watch. I'll write it if needed).

But for now, let's look at what people are seeing.

Here's our first look at what we will soon be seeing, thanks to Ben Milleare, should Google+ continue to roll out (see, I'm hedging a bit already):

And according to Danny Sullivan, here is what the chat functionality might look like (click to enlarge):

And here's a screenshot of a public Google+ status update, also from Danny Sullivan (once again, click to enlarge):

And a Google+ public profile, courtesy of Mr Sullivan:

Google+ Public Profile

And our own Tom Critchlow put up a Storify quickly to show his excitement:

Some writeups from around the Internet:

Google+ Project: It’s Social, It’s Bold, It’s Fun, And It Looks Good — Now For The Hard Part Google’s Facebook Competitor, The Google+ Social Network, Finally Arrives

We've gathered some interesting data here at Distilled about +1 adoption and usage across a cross-section of well-trafficked sites. I can tell you right now that a surprisingly low number of these sites (well under 50%) have adopted the +1. But you're going to have to wait for my upcoming SEOmoz post for all those numbers :-)

Will Google+ catch on? Leave your thoughts in the Comments!

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