Though I hate to admit it, I may have been a little harsh on Google these past months. Like many, I’ve rushed to judgment, dismissing the tech giant's year-old Google+ social network as a flash-in-the-pan, a pet project gone bad. Given Google’s general trajectory over the years, you'd think I would give the gang in Mountain View more credit. Mea culpa, Larry, Sergey, Eric, mea culpa. By way of apology, here's a brief but heartfelt exposition outlining why I think Google+ may end up being the social media site du jour when the (pixel) dust settles.