Google+ Plus Google News, Does It Add Up?

In what should come as no surprise to anyone, today Google has announced more changes. This times they are focused on Google News but as with most changes and updates from Mountain View these days, Google+ is along for the ride.

The Google News blog reports

Many news stories inspire vibrant discussions on Google+, and today we’re starting to add this content to both the News homepage, and the realtime coverage pages. This way you can see what your circles, journalists covering the story and notables like politicians or others who are the subjects of stories have to say about breaking news, and even contribute to the discussion directly from Google News.

Note that these Google+ discussions will only appear for those of you reading the US edition who have signed in and upgraded to Google+.

As an aside here, I have to just say that this “upgrade to Google+” language is ridiculous. It’s obviously a ploy to get those who are clueless about Google+ to feel like they are missing something so they will then upgrade. I still hold out hope for Google+ to be something substantial but watching Google try to promote it is difficult. It’s the equivalent of marketing rubber-necking, but I digress.

Google is taking cautions not to upset the natives (those would be the Google users with a hair trigger that are ready to fly off the handle at any move the company makes that feels like you are being forced to participate). The CYA language in the post goes as follows

If you’d like to try these new Google+ features in News, it’s easy to upgrade here. That said, if you prefer your Google News to contain just news stories and no Google+ posts, you can either log out of Google or turn off the display of Google+ posts via the Google News settings page.

It’s the smart thing to do because only those with true disdain for Google+ will take the time to do this. Whether that’s a big number or not is not a worry since the biggest numbers of Google users live far outside the insular tech world. Remember folks, what flies in Silicon Valley is virtually unknown to most of America. Google knows that.

So how to feel about Google+ and Google News canoodling together? will it enhance your Google News experience or trash it?

Comments are welcome.