You should be on Google+. If you aren't familiar, it is basically Facebook + Twitter except good instead of bad. You might say that all your family and friends are on Google+, why start a new platform? Xkcd already has that one covered! Is there any actual reason to swap? Yes!
So here is the thing that Google+ does that is entirely different from Facebook and is also awesome: Circles. Instead of having friendships that have to be reciprocal you just place people in a Circle.
On Facebook if you post a photo of you at the bar with the caption "Whoah, I was SOOOOOOO drunk and I hurled all over this random guy!" then your boss sees it, your mother sees it, you casual acquaintances see it. Not the best. On G+ you post that message to your Friends circle and your friends see it. You post "I am taking Elli to the park on Saturday afternoon from 1-4 if anybody wants to join" to your Parent Friends circle. You post about your trip home for Christmas to your Family circle and you post about your schedule conflicts for your game nights to your Gaming Crowd circle. You can also follow anybody you like so I set myself up to get posts from random geek celebrities (Felicia Day, Randall Munroe and Will Wheaton) because they say amusing and interesting things. They don't have to know me at all, they just know they have 237,987 followers and those followers can see their posts.
Also G+ has the distinct advantage of not being designed by a sociopathic weasel on crack. I hate the way Facebook is laid out and the way its features work and so G+ feels like a cup of hot chocolate and a backrub all at once.
Now, it isn't all rosy and perfect. There is one really interesting issue: G+ wants you to use your real name. Right now they are just getting started working out the kinks in the system but it is clear they have set for themselves a challenge that is quite possibly insurmountable. They are forcing people to sign up using their real name even if that is not the name they go by generally, and it is enforced by account recovery being based on government ID and complaints of "This guy isn't real" being taken seriously. The idea is to improve security and the level of discourse by getting people to be responsible for what they say and do on G+, which is certainly a noble goal, and is necessary by the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory. If you are the sort of person who already goes by their real name online (like me) then you don't care about this stuff at all, but there are a tremendous number of folks up in arms about their inability to play by the rules and still post on a pseudonym. There are also a lot of folks ticked off because their real name triggers G+s 'not real' algorithm because trying to figure out how to store names at all is brutally hard, never mind the challenge of rooting out fake ones.
I tend to take a more middling route. I don't have any problem with real names in theory. I think in fact that it will both make the community better and provide even better security for those who are marginalized. However, I also think that it just isn't going to work. Logistically the idea of trying to monitor this on a global scale is just not feasible - names are too different and there are just too many outliers. However, I think G+ could do themselves a *huge* favour by acknowledging pseudonyms and providing for them. I am fine being Sky Roy but I would appreciate the ability to have public nicknames like Redcape so that people who read my material on websites or used my mods for various games could find me easily. Even just being able to search for my nicknames and select them from a dropdown list after finding me would really show that Google is trying to support those people who have persistent pseudonyms while retaining the benefits of real names.
Will Google stick to their guns and try to make this work? I would say yes, since they must have seen the Blizzard real name fiasco last year and decided to go with this policy regardless. It won't affect me much either way I expect but for the record I hope they find a way to succeed. I wouldn't put even money on it though.
Also, get on G+ already. Ask me for an invite if you want one.