The desktop version of Google's new social network lacks the social aspect of Facebook and the speed, and simplicity, of Twitter - but the mobile version is far better.

This article titled “Google+ hands on: laboured stuff” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 29th June 2011 14.20 UTC

What every startup works on is the user’s experience in the first few minutes – seconds even – that they are using their application. What do you see? How easy is it to join? Can you get your profile set up in less than a minute? Can you get your picture on your profile in seconds, edited, and move on?

Try it on Twitter or Facebook or any of a multitude of sites and you’ll see what a slick, well-oiled operation is. Developers and designers will stand over pages with stopwatches trying to get the signup process to happen as quickly as possible.

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