And what did they want? The most asked-for features were Communities and Collections, which the service is now emphasizing, making it easier for people to share their passions.
It looks like Communities is indeed going to be popular, with an average of 1.2 million new joins per day. Collections is still so new that most users haven't gotten their arms around it yet (see the graphic on the left to see what it looks like).
The new G+ has streamlined other functions too, making it easier to post, search and connect as well.
The new UI change can be a shock to users, so it's possible to toggle back to the "classic" design, although it will be eventually phased out.
To get started with the new Google+, just click on the "Let's go" prompt when you first log in.
Let me know if you think this is a good idea and if you'll use it more now.