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Ben Dantoni has been shared in 3 public circles

AuthorFollowersDateUsers in CircleCommentsReshares+1Links
Trever McGhee17,563+Take2seconds to check out this circle of amazing people made up of great Artists and Art lovers that +Nicolas Green has found, along with some other extraordinary people that I've added that share inspiring posts.+Take2seconds today and everyday to click the +1...the share button on positive posts that make you smile, for it's guaranteed to make someone else smile as well when you share it on the public stream.Share circles of people that are making a difference with their posts, with their shares.+Nothing but Circles +CircleCount  #SharedCircles   +Best Shared Circle    #circle   #share   #publiccircle   +Public Circles 2012-12-20 17:58:02444512237
Marc Jansen17,871Sharing the LoveI freely admit that +Bearman Cartoons came up with this idea first (Hell, I'd better own up to that, considering that I publicly proclaimed my desire to steal borrow this idea on his thread!)This circle is made up of all of the people who've included me in very nearly 150 publicly-shared circles, as captured by +CircleCount.com.There are, or course, a lot of the Usual Suspects here, people like +Peter G McDermott , +Michael Anderson, +stephanie wanamaker , and +Eoghann Irving.What I found most enlightening is that fact that I actually found a handful of names that I didn't recognize here. People who have apparently taken some level interest in me without me even realizing it. People like +Fred Wierda, +Nate Smith, +tam frager, and +Zach Harper, to name a few.I just wanted to follow +Bearman Cartoons lead and thank each of these people and to repay the favor. THIS JUST IN: It seems that I missed +Shay Dougan and +Kevin Medeiros when I put this together - my apologies to both of you for the oversight!(Oh, and lest anyone cares to give me a hard time for adding myself, +CircleCount tells me that I somehow managed to share myself out at least once... ;-) )2012-03-24 03:37:2075717
Jaana Nyström23,907'Random Circle' shareHere's a circle I put together very quickly for someone. All these people should provide good content, fun Hangouts and / or participate in your comment threads.Don't blame me at any point, however... :-)Including myself as I'm a shameless insert word here2012-01-18 17:34:0119640422

Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 2

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2012-02-01 09:29:21 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s) 

#PDXPhotowalk

Most reshares: 2

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2012-02-06 01:48:03 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s) 

This made me chuckle... had to share. haha

Most plusones: 5

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2012-02-06 01:48:03 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s) 

This made me chuckle... had to share. haha

Latest 50 posts

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2013-03-02 03:37:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

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2013-03-01 13:58:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Duck shoes

Duck shoes___

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2012-11-14 21:13:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

This is pretty sweet.  I just tried it.  I read a post that +Google has only rolled out 20% of the planned features for +Google+.  I can't wait to see what the other 80%.

The Google+ ODEM demo is a fun way to explore Google+ through real-time interactions, using the highest-tech browser and smartphone capabilities. Start by scanning the QR code on screen and then you'll become the master of the demo, scrolling slides and playing videos.

Explore: http://odem.chromeexperiments.com/IB7HzE___This is pretty sweet.  I just tried it.  I read a post that +Google has only rolled out 20% of the planned features for +Google+.  I can't wait to see what the other 80%.

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2012-09-26 20:01:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

New video from my favorite local +Portlandia band, Rags + Ribbons.  It looks great guys, keep up the good work.

New video from my favorite local +Portlandia band, Rags + Ribbons.  It looks great guys, keep up the good work.___

2012-03-16 15:00:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

It's interesting to watch +Google+ grow. +CBS This Morning just said follow us on FB, Twitter, or G+. I don't normally watch, but I wonder when G+ started being included. It's great to see it percolating up to the mainstream media and further entering the collective conscious.

It's interesting to watch +Google+ grow. +CBS This Morning just said follow us on FB, Twitter, or G+. I don't normally watch, but I wonder when G+ started being included. It's great to see it percolating up to the mainstream media and further entering the collective conscious.___

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2012-03-10 21:22:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

This is pretty amazing. +Lucas Johnson is definitely pushing the envelope with hangouts and collaborative music.

Recording Music P2P using Google+ Hangouts n Ableton Live

I can see a future where, there is no difference between the glass separating the musician and producer in the recording studio from the glass in the laptops separating us.

I've been on a mission for awhile to bring the studio online and take it even further and this was the important first step. The idea is to be able to simply and reliably provide a standard that musicians and studios can interface regardless of geographical location.

I can see a future where, i record background vocals from a singer in the UK at lunch, add strings in San Francisco at my studio then call a tabla player in India to finish the day.

Special thanks to +Rob Michael for working with me along the way and has always brought a positive forward thinking attitude along with the undeniable skill set!

#hangoutsonair #hangoutproducer #music #audio___This is pretty amazing. +Lucas Johnson is definitely pushing the envelope with hangouts and collaborative music.

2012-03-10 20:20:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Live stream of +Trey Ratcliff and the #googlesxsw photowalk, hosted by +Bradley Horowitz and +Google

Thanks to +Bradley Horowitz and Google for hosting the +Trey Ratcliff Photowalk! #SXSW
We're streaming it live http://GeekBeat.tv/live ___Live stream of +Trey Ratcliff and the #googlesxsw photowalk, hosted by +Bradley Horowitz and +Google

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2012-03-06 17:43:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Thanks for this post +Nadine Bruder and +Nicole Simon for the share. My sister gave me a journal for xmas with "Keep Calm and Carry On" on it's cover. I din't know the whole story before seeing this post. Now I like it even more.

Adorable bookstore with model trains in it - and the story of keep calm and carry on

via +Nadine Bruder___Thanks for this post +Nadine Bruder and +Nicole Simon for the share. My sister gave me a journal for xmas with "Keep Calm and Carry On" on it's cover. I din't know the whole story before seeing this post. Now I like it even more.

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2012-02-28 08:11:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Fun

iPhone vs. Android: The Showdown Bring it!

via http://9gag.com/gag/2988905___Fun

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2012-02-06 01:48:03 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s) 

"That's Good!" -+Brian Moran

This made me chuckle... had to share. haha___"That's Good!" -+Brian Moran

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2012-02-01 09:33:27 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Now that's a pop up book!

___Now that's a pop up book!

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2012-02-01 09:29:21 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Nice to see images of the city I love in the #pdxphotowalk stream.

#PDXPhotowalk___Nice to see images of the city I love in the #pdxphotowalk stream.

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2012-02-01 09:26:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Pretty RAD

And LA wants to ban private drones___Pretty RAD

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2012-02-01 09:12:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Full of Awesome, stick with it past 3 minutes, it's worth it. Thanks for posting +Liz ℚuilty

Ehat happens when you put a stone into a washing machine?

Starts out slow, but just gets better and better, until .... TOTAL AWESOME!___Full of Awesome, stick with it past 3 minutes, it's worth it. Thanks for posting +Liz ℚuilty

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2012-01-31 19:32:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

+mark davis this article made me think of +CodeChops Eugene. How are things going there?

+mark davis this article made me think of +CodeChops Eugene. How are things going there?___

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2012-01-30 04:03:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Next stop, the top 50 for +Daria Musk!

WHOA!
My sis +Daria Musk just cracked the Top 100 Most Circled List on G+! Just reached 97, next to +Lotus Carroll and Marky +Mark Wahlberg (Hey! Say 'Hi' to your mother for me!) Woo hoo!___Next stop, the top 50 for +Daria Musk!

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2012-01-30 04:03:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Next stop, the top 50! for +Daria Musk

WHOA!
My sis +Daria Musk just cracked the Top 100 Most Circled List on G+! Just reached 97, next to +Lotus Carroll and Marky +Mark Wahlberg (Hey! Say 'Hi' to your mother for me!) Woo hoo!___Next stop, the top 50! for +Daria Musk

2012-01-28 00:29:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Another great and useful hangout with +Daria Musk happening now.

Daria Musk is hanging out with 9 people right now in a live Hangout On Air!Steven Michael Zack, Matty James, Michael O'Reilly, Angelica Mikkelsen, Farran Lee, Mara Mascaro, Emilie Bitar, Caleb Escamilla, and Mark Baxter Vocal Studios___Another great and useful hangout with +Daria Musk happening now.

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2012-01-27 16:41:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

This seems like fun, I'm going to give it a try.

[UPDATE!!]

It's been a week and +Covert Cupid has been phenomenal!
Over 150 Wishlists and several people already recieving their #pirls
We Cupids have been very busy trying to get all the lists corrected so it is easier for everyone to send a #pirl gift out!

Here's a quick 101 of the Steps to be a part of +Covert Cupid

How to Become a Covert Cupid:
♥_____Circle +Covert Cupid and Share. Happiness is better shared.
♥_____Create an +Amazon.com Wishlist, in your country's Amazon store.
♥_____Make sure to have correct shipping >> (http://goo.gl/c8iaw) and permalink >> (http://goo.gl/1KKyi)
♥_____Post your list to the Google Doc. (http://goo.gl/eXizI)
♥_____View the lists Women >> (http://goo.gl/RK41u) Men >> (http://goo.gl/AeHjv)
♥_____Tell me who you gifted! >> (http://goo.gl/5bCyk)
♥_____When you receive a gift, post a picture with the hashtags #CovertCupid #GShip and leave a note to +Covert Cupid :)

And I have a surprise for you guys in a few! XD

And Always Share! because Happiness is better shared!___This seems like fun, I'm going to give it a try.

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2012-01-25 21:57:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Nice to see Hangouts getting some press. Congrats +Ryan Van Sickle and +Bruce Garber and thanks for posting +Daniel Ely Rankin.

+Bruce Garber and +Ryan Van Sickle featured at Boston.com! How cool is that to have snapshots on the Boston Globe!___Nice to see Hangouts getting some press. Congrats +Ryan Van Sickle and +Bruce Garber and thanks for posting +Daniel Ely Rankin.

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2012-01-25 19:00:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Thanks +Pras Sarkar for the share and quote that "If G+ was a country it would be the 13th largest country in the world" I'm happy to be a G+ citizen.

Google+, crossing 90,000,000 users

+Larry Page just announced some stunning statistics for Google+.

On behalf of the Google+ team, I wanted to thank you for using Google+. Four months ago, when we opened to the public, we were not sure what kind of reception we would receive. Your feedback has helped us build this service, and we can't thank you enough for your enthusiastic support.

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has".

We deeply believe in the power of people. Google can be about pages and people, about information and individuals.

This past quarter we began to simplify the Google experience. Gmail, Android, Chrome, Search, Ads, and YouTube are in the early stages of having deep support for your identity and your relationships. Expect us to deliver something truly beautiful. We've only just begun to work on that promise.

With your continued support, we hope to delight you in 2012.___Thanks +Pras Sarkar for the share and quote that "If G+ was a country it would be the 13th largest country in the world" I'm happy to be a G+ citizen.

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2012-01-25 18:54:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

The ever expanding power of G+ to change the arts, I love this idea +Lucas Johnson and thanks to +Kate Butson for sharing it.

Project Phoenix : Open Source Music

So this is something i've been leading up to for awhile, i had originally intended to start this a lil differently but in light of recent events i've been motivated to put this out there now.

I go over the basic idea in the video, but i'll just add a lil to that. The idea is to create a git hub like model that other musicians can collaborate, remix, critique songs that are not fully constructed much like you would do code commits on git hub.

This song is an experiment for me in terms of genre, it's the first time i've done anything skrillex ish dubstep / electro. I routinely try to create full production tracks on my own in all genres because i crave the knowledge that i get from that. It also makes me better at writing other types of music and being more creative in general.

So here are the files which i'm hosting on google docs recorded the video on youtube and will release it for free on google music once it's done. The idea is that you can take the song, remix it all you want as long as you follow the rules of creative commons. The only thing i ask is that you don't charge for the material once you've remixed it and give credit.

https://docs.google.com/?authuser=0#folders/0B-YZWdstrzwSYzBlODg3NDMtOWNkZS00OWNhLWI5NjUtY2ViN2E2NzNiZDVi

In addition to providing these stems from the song, i'd also encourage people who are curious to ask questions about the production / processing techniques, whatever! So everyone can get as much out this as possible and we can all together make this better.

I've provided a preview of the song at the end of the video so you can hear what you're downloading before you do

Tempo is 128

#opensource #music #OSmusic___The ever expanding power of G+ to change the arts, I love this idea +Lucas Johnson and thanks to +Kate Butson for sharing it.

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2012-01-23 06:06:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I'm all for a boycott! $ is speech after all, so say SCOTUS.

BLACK MARCH 2012
Please SHARE its the only thing that they understand...$$$$

The main problem is that for a boycott to be effective, you must first persuade thousands - maybe even millions of others - to go along, which is a lot of work and usually not successful.
L. Neil Smith

+Marc Rossmiller hows that mate... ;-)___I'm all for a boycott! $ is speech after all, so say SCOTUS.

2012-01-23 03:40:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

The video quality isn't the best, but we're live from the High Dive in Seattle for the first ever +HOT (hangoutontour.com) with +Rags & Ribbons up next.

HOT is hanging out. https://plus.google.com/hangouts/80f819568557b86bf1d49015e18f29f525449bac___The video quality isn't the best, but we're live from the High Dive in Seattle for the first ever +HOT (hangoutontour.com) with +Rags & Ribbons up next.

2012-01-23 03:06:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

This is gonna be fun!

Join us at 7:30pm PST (GMT-8) for our first +HOT (hangoutontour.com) with +Rags & Ribbons at Seattle's High Dive. Brought to you by +InterActivative Arts___This is gonna be fun!

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2012-01-23 02:53:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Yay! we have wifi, so we're on for our first +HOT (hangoutontour.com). Tune in at 7:30 PST (-8 GMT) to check it out.

Yay! we have wifi, so we're on for our first +HOT (hangoutontour.com). Tune in at 7:30 PST (-8 GMT) to check it out.___

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2012-01-23 01:04:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

On the road to the the High Dive in Seattle for the +Rags & Ribbons show. We're going to be trying to do another +HOT (hangoutontour.com) from this show. Hopefully we'll have a decent internet connection this time.

On the road to the the High Dive in Seattle for the +Rags & Ribbons show. We're going to be trying to do another +HOT (hangoutontour.com) from this show. Hopefully we'll have a decent internet connection this time.___

2012-01-22 19:30:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

"All the world's problems can be solved in a garden" - Geoff Lawton
Modern aquaponic systems are a major technological advance that can provide healthy organic food for he world's population, while consuming only 10% of the resources of traditional farming. Here's a neat project creating an urban aquaponic farm in an old meat packing plant in Chicago.

"All the world's problems can be solved in a garden" - Geoff Lawton
Modern aquaponic systems are a major technological advance that can provide healthy organic food for he world's population, while consuming only 10% of the resources of traditional farming. Here's a neat project creating an urban aquaponic farm in an old meat packing plant in Chicago.___

2012-01-21 05:12:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

The best laid plans, foiled again by a poor wifi signal. I apologize if anyone was tuning in for the hangout. If we get a signal, we'll hang out, if not look for the hangout Sunday.

Unfortunately, we're experiencing intermittent wifi at the +Doug Fir Lounge. Turns out wifi and 4G don't function too well from a basement venue. I apologize if anyone was tuning in for the hangout tonight. If we get a connection we'll be hanging out, if not look for us Sunday night in Seattle.___The best laid plans, foiled again by a poor wifi signal. I apologize if anyone was tuning in for the hangout. If we get a signal, we'll hang out, if not look for the hangout Sunday.

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2012-01-20 17:57:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Another great hangout with +Daria Musk from +G+Decoded (GPlusDecoded.com) hosted by +Brock Predovich and +Yifat Cohen. +Daria Musk was the inspiration for +HOT (HangoutOnTour.com), which will debut tonight at 9pm PST (-8GMT) from the +Doug Fir Lounge with +Rags & Ribbons brought to you by +InterActivative Arts.

Hot off the Press! Entrepreneurial Interviews w/ +Daria Musk

In case you missed it, Daria, gave us an amazing interview yesterday! Amazing insights into Passion, cultivating Inspiration behind your goals, some great insight into Out-of-the-Box business thinking. Was truly an amazingly inspiring event to be a part of.

Oh, and plus she ROCKED.... Hard! Check it out!___Another great hangout with +Daria Musk from +G+Decoded (GPlusDecoded.com) hosted by +Brock Predovich and +Yifat Cohen. +Daria Musk was the inspiration for +HOT (HangoutOnTour.com), which will debut tonight at 9pm PST (-8GMT) from the +Doug Fir Lounge with +Rags & Ribbons brought to you by +InterActivative Arts.

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2012-01-20 17:56:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Another great hangout with +Daria Musk from +G+Decoded (GPlusDecoded.com) hosted by +Brock Predovich and +Yifat Cohen. +Daria Musk was the inspiration for +HOT (HangoutOnTour.com), which will debut tonight at 9pm PST (-8GMT) from the +Doug Fir Lounge with +Rags & Ribbons brought to you by +InterActivative Arts.

Hot off the Press! Entrepreneurial Interviews w/ +Daria Musk

In case you missed it, Daria, gave us an amazing interview yesterday! Amazing insights into Passion, cultivating Inspiration behind your goals, some great insight into Out-of-the-Box business thinking. Was truly an amazingly inspiring event to be a part of.

Oh, and plus she ROCKED.... Hard! Check it out!___Another great hangout with +Daria Musk from +G+Decoded (GPlusDecoded.com) hosted by +Brock Predovich and +Yifat Cohen. +Daria Musk was the inspiration for +HOT (HangoutOnTour.com), which will debut tonight at 9pm PST (-8GMT) from the +Doug Fir Lounge with +Rags & Ribbons brought to you by +InterActivative Arts.

2012-01-20 02:57:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

My new G+ Page for my business, InterActivative Arts. I'd appreciate a +1 and circle if you would be so kind.

My new G+ Page for my business, InterActivative Arts. I'd appreciate a +1 and circle if you would be so kind.___

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2012-01-19 22:28:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

90 million+ and counting. Way to go +Google

90 million+ and counting. Way to go +Google___

2012-01-19 21:03:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Excited to do the first +HOT (+Hangout On Tour) starting tomorrow night. Just circle +HOT and +1 whichever shows you'd like an invite to the hangout for.

Excited to do the first +HOT (+Hangout On Tour) starting tomorrow night. Just circle +HOT and +1 whichever shows you'd like an invite to the hangout for.___

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2012-01-19 18:18:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Just in case you care about facts and data more than constructed opinions.

Just in case you care about facts and data more than constructed opinions.___

2012-01-19 17:44:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

This is what democracy looks like!

I hope everyone enjoyed the black out now to catch up on its success

OUTRAGE ABOUT SOPA CRASHES SENATE WEBSITES

http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/c75ucdrVvUM/sopa-outrage-is-breaking-the-senates-websites___This is what democracy looks like!

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2012-01-19 17:44:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

I'm predicting well over 500 Million users in 2012 and maybe closer to a Billion.

How Google+ Will Reach 400 Million Users In 2012

(Latest private estimate shows 76.6 million Google+ users today with strong and steady growth continuing in January)

This afternoon on Google's quarterly earnings call, Larry Page will hopefully provide some new public statistics about the surprisingly strong growth and usage of Google+.

Last year, many pundits wrote off Google+ after just a few weeks, describing it as a ghost town or worse. They couldn’t have been more wrong. As the Chrome TV ads say, the web is what you make of it. So is Google+.

Every day, more people than live in Denver, CO or Washington DC discover Google+. Many soon learn that can turn it into an incredibly informative and enjoyable social experience. And the best is yet to come. The Google+ team constantly emphasizes that they are just getting started.

Since mid-December, Google+ has been growing by more than 600,000 users daily. So it wasn’t just a “holiday bump” after all. Based on growth since Jan. 1st, my updated linear projection shows Google+ ending 2012 with 273 million users. But here’s why Google will surpass that number by a long shot.

1) Android. Many observers are mistakenly assuming that most of the new Google+ users are being registered to Google+ as they activate their Android devices, perhaps with no intention of even using it.

The problem with this assumption is that it is not true. Only a small fraction of the 600,000+ new daily users of Google+ are coming from Android. Remember, Android comes in many different flavors. (Differentiation. Not fragmentation). As of Jan. 2nd, a report on Wikipedia shows that only .6% of all Android device usage is from 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices.

Only a handful of handsets currently ship with Android 4. But many of the most popular handsets from Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola will enable upgrades to Android 4 “early in 2012” (18 handsets), "in Q1” (12 handsets), “in Q2” (18 handsets), and “in Q3” (5 handsets). Another 18 handsets will support it sometime this year.

(For specific details on how Android 4.0 upgrades will be rolling out to more than 60 popular handsets and tablets this year, visit AndroidIceCreamSandwich.me. This site tracks announcements--and hints/leaks--from all major Android device manufacturers.)

Current Distribution of Android by usage (Jan. 2, 2012)
4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich ----- 0.6%
3.x.x Honeycomb ------------------ 3.3%
2.3.x Gingerbread ----------------- 55.5%
2.2 Froyo ----------------------------- 30.4%
2.0, 2.1 Eclair ----------------------- 8.5%
1.6 Donut ----------------------------- 1.1%
1.5 Cupcake ------------------------- 0.6%

Assuming Android ends the year on 550m devices (phones plus tablets), and assuming that Ice Cream Sandwich by then is on about 40% of all Android devices (less than Gingerbread today but greater than Froyo), that means as many as 220m mobile users will have registered for Google+ while activating a phone or upgrading a phone to Android 4. Most of these users will be in addition to the 273m from the online daily signups.

2) Chrome. Google's Chrome browser share has increased dramatically during the past 2 years and will likely continue. One report shows that it grew from 16% to 27% last while, while both IE and Firefox browser share declined. Chrome may end 2012 with as much as 40% market share.

It is not clear how Google+ will be integrated into Chrome, if at all, but there are already dozens of popular Chrome extensions that enhance the usage of Google+. And it is very clear by following Google employees and by participating in hangouts with them, that Google employees are responding constantly to customer requests. They are also watching the adoption of these plug-ins, and trying to determine how Chrome and Google+ can work together. One example is that many Google+ users use a Chrome extension so they can see their Google+ notifications counter no matter where they are on the web. When they return to Google+, they now have duplicate counters. That could be fixed -- Google+ could become conscious of Chrome and vice versa. And certainly, Chrome could work very nicely with Google+ sharing. A Chrome user could potentially share any web content they discover anywhere (in a Posterous kind of way) with their Google+ circles. This kind of sharing would be careful, conscious, and curated -- not frictionless and automatic and overdone, a la Facebook.

3) YouTube: and Turkish-video-sharing virality. Last year more than 1 trillion videos were played on YouTube. The potential for this to be leveraged in Google+ sharing can hardly be overstated. If you track fast growing Facebook apps, you'll know that every few months a Turkish video sharing app experiences hypergrowth. All it takes for an app like that to gain millions of users quickly is for it to a) provider FB users with a robust video library b) let them browse by category and watch any video while still on FB and c) at the end of the video prompt them to share it with their FB friends.

YouTube has a share button underneath each video; but it's too hidden to make YouTube videos go massively viral through Google+. Suppose that at the end of each video, instead of (or in addition to) the ad that overlays the video, the Google+ share feature were overlaid on top of the video. Using algorithms matching the content with people's interests, Google could suggest which circles you ought to share the video with. If only 1% of the 1 trillion YouTube videos were shared with circles, averaging 100 people, that would be 1 trillion invitations sent to friends/family/others to watch videos. And those who responded would likely be viewing the videos at plus.google.com, where the viral loop could be repeated.

4) Google+ APIs and Developers. Google IO has been scheduled for June and has been extended to 3 days this year. There are hundreds of thousands of Android developers, many of whom are anxious to build apps for Google+. Unleashing the creativity of these developers will provide Google+ users all kinds of apps. Facebook leveraged its platform to energize developers and provide thousands of apps for users; that's when Facebook experienced hypergrowth. But Facebook lost face with most of its developers when the platform shifted so dramatically in 2009-2010 and most of the viral channels and communications touch points were eliminated. A few companies continue to thrive on Facebook Platform, but they almost feel hand-picked. "Let's do music now." "Now let's do social TV." You don't see thousands of entrepreneurs and developers flocking to Facebook, excited about building their company on Facebook Platform like you did in 2007-2008.

Google is likely to learn from the mistakes of others and to build a healthy ecosystem that doesn't constantly shift. With all its productivity tools (email, docs, etc) used by corporations and other institutions worldwide, and with Google+ being the social layer for all the other Google properties, the potential for developers to build valuable apps (for both consumers and businesses) and to get distribution online and via mobile is probably bigger than for any previous platform.

Facebook's Platform has created a very successful social gaming ecosystem. Zynga is worth $6 billion. More recently, Facebook has branched into online music sharing with partners like Spotify and iheartradio. There is talk that social TV is next. Google has 84 APIs including some of the world's most popular APIs (maps, etc.). As these APIs intersect with Google+ social APIs, Google may have a far greater ability to achieve Zuckerberg's vision of helping developers reinvent every industry with social than Facebook does.

But Will All These Hundreds of Millions of People Actually Use Google+?

While most of my Google+ estimates have been welcomed by members of the media and tech communities (we all like social proof, don't we?), a minority have criticized the very notion of talking about "total users." That doesn't matter, they say. What matters is engagement, time spent on site, and whether anyone is leaving Facebook for this new service.

Last week's launch of Search Plus Your World ought to show these critics to see that Google has at least a billion opportunities every day (that's the number of daily queries they process) to get people re-engaged with Google+. Re-engagement will not be a problem, long term.

And in addition to search, you have photos to engage people, where Google will soon be the world leader. My estimates show that more than 100,000,000 photos are uploaded to Google+ every day, and with more Android activations, and more Instant Uploads, and more users sharing more content, I forecast that Google+ will pass Facebook in daily photo uploads by the middle of 2012. That means that as its user base grows, more than 250 million photos will be uploaded to Google+ every day. By the end of 2012 it could be as high as 500 million photos uploaded daily.

And then there is video. This week Google+ made it possible to record a video and share it with your circles. You can also play YouTube videos directly from a little tab on the far right of Google+. Video watching and recording and sharing will be another powerful draw which will help make Google+ irresistable over time.

And most important of all, I think this is the year when Google+ will expand from being a better-than-Twitter microblogging platform, where you can follow and be followed by anyone; it will also become (I predict) better-than-Facebook for interactions with family and friends.

When Google+ is really able to bring families together via hangouts, including parents and kids, and grandparents with grandkids, from the web and from mobile devices; and when Google improves its algorithms to make it really easy for you to find old classmates (like Facebook did) and former co-workers and put them into the proper circles (like Facebook did not) - millions of people will experience the satisfaction of reconnecting with old friends without the gnawing regret that they're now going to be expected to stay current with each other after years or decades of separation. Most Facebook users I know have gone through emotional phases, where they are so happy to reconnect with all the people they have known in their lives, and then they wonder what to do with them, and then finally, they regret having a stream that is so filled with updates that don't feel relevant to them.

Even though Facebook reintroduced lists after Google Circles debuted, if only 5% of Facebook users actually use lists (which is why they were deprecated in the first place), then most Facebook users are still experiencing having one giant mashed together (although admittedly addictive) stream. People spend hours each week on Facebook because they don't want to miss anything. What if you can have all the benefits, without the downside? That seems to be what Google+ can offer this year.

What Would Surprise Me

When I estimate Google+ user growth, I am not just making wild guesses. I have a counting system and a statistical model which tracks adoption rates by people with hundreds of surnames that are uncommon in the U.S. but common elsewhere. My model is not perfect, because I don't have population data by surname from many countries (yet). But if you analyze the number of users with my handpicked 336 surnames on Oct. 13th, when Larry Page announced "more than 40 million users" and compare it to the number of users today, it has grown by nearly 91.9%. We counted just over 16,000 on Oct. 13th and about 30,700 now. That's how we get the 76.6 million user estimate. It would really surprise me if Google+ hasn't reached at least 75 million users.

What we don't know is how far past 40 million Google+ was on Oct. 13th. We also don't have a sophisticated enough model to account for the probability that Google is growing much faster in some countries (including some with non-Latin alphabets) than in others. I have recently experimented with tracking Google+ adoption in Japan, using 500 surnames and Kanji characters; and my earliest estimates are that there are already between 2-3 million Google+ users in Japan.

What Won't Surprise Me

It won't surprise me too much if Google announces 80 million Google+ users or "we have more than doubled our users since Oct. 13th." However, I will be surprised if the numbers are significantly higher than that. Vic recently commented on +Max Huijgen recent guess of 140 million and said that was off, and it seems the even more recent 100 million guess (based on comparisons with LinkedIn) also has no real basis.

In a few hours we'll see once again how accurate my model is. I really can't wait. Once again I hope to be able to re-calibrate my model based on actual official numbers so that it will be even better next time.

Future Tracking

I may continue to track Google+ this year, but as I mentioned, I'm already gathering surname data from other countries in order to refine my model. If there is general interest, I may expand my tracking beyond Google+ growth to include usage statistics (I've tracked usage for several months already, but with a very small data set). I may also expand the effort by tracking other fast-growing social sites like Pinterest and Foursquare. The same methodology may also help me track the growth and usage of some publicly traded companies. I continue to explore the possibilities.

Ping me if you are interested in this kind of data. I've considered kind of open-sourcing this tracking effort so that thousands of people could each do a little bit of tracking, and it would roll up into one super-accurate estimate. Perhaps a distributed tracking/counting system could be applied in many fields--not just counting social network users--and might become a valuable resource. If you have any specific ideas, let me know.___I'm predicting well over 500 Million users in 2012 and maybe closer to a Billion.

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2012-01-19 17:26:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Was there even a question?

Was there even a question?___

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2012-01-19 17:19:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Another perspective on SOPA

How the SOPA debate looks from China.

The New Yorker posted a cool thing this morning about China's perspective on America's war over SOPA, which is especially interesting because the argument against SOPA is that we don't want to become like China.

One commenter on China's Weibo joked: "I’ve come up with a perfect solution: You can come to China to download all your pirated media, and we’ll go to America to discuss politically sensitive subjects."

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/evanosnos/2012/01/the-chinese-view-of-sopa.html___Another perspective on SOPA

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2012-01-19 17:18:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Now we're talking, Android on watches, Android on rearview mirrors. This is innovation.

Keep your eye on the road:)___Now we're talking, Android on watches, Android on rearview mirrors. This is innovation.

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2012-01-19 17:00:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

We are more powerful then the lobbyist, because we are the customers too. The lobbyists only represent the corporations to the government. We the people represent votes and dollars to both the corporations and government. Neither corporation nor government without We the People. And now we have a voice and a tool for organizing and connecting those voices.

We are the lobbyists now

The internet has helped untold publics to form. Yesterday, the internet became a public.

Or rather, millions of people who care about internet freedom used the net to organize and defend it against efforts to control and harm it.

The SOPA-PIPA blackout got attention in media that previously all but ignored the issue, whether out of conflict of interest or negligence. More important, it got political action as legislators -- especially Republicans -- tripped over themselves to back away from the Hollywood bailout.

In the discussion about the movement yesterday, I heard someone in Washington quoted, saying that these geeks should hire lobbyists like everyone else.

No, we're all lobbyists now, and that's just as it should be. This movement didn't need influence peddlers. It didn't need political commercials. It didn't need media. It needed only citizens who give a shit. Democracy.

I'm delighted that the discussion rose to the level of principles, a discussion I've argued has to take place if we, the internet public, are to protect our tool of publicness.

There's much more going on under this battle: the disruption of media business models, a fundamental change in our view of the value of content, the undercutting of institutions' power, the lowering of national boundaries. But for now, never mind that and concentrate on what was born yesterday: a political movement, a movement whose cause is freedom.

What else can this movement do? Can it elect candidates? Should it? Or should it continue to hold politicians' feet to the fire? I don't think I want to see the formation of an internet party. I don't want this movement to mimic the way power used to be traded. I don't want it to become an institution. I also don't think it's possible. I prefer to see it continuing to mimic #OccupyWallStreet , organizing without organizations (pace Shirky), discerning through interaction its principles and goals.

After yesterday, the powerful are on warning that a public can rise up out of nowhere to protest and pressure, to fight and win. Dell Hell taught companies to behave, to respect and listen to their customers, and better yet to collaborate with them. The SOPA blackout taught politicians to hear citizens directly, without mediators. Now we'll see whether they can learn to collaborate as well.
[ This post with embedded links here: http://www.buzzmachine.com/2012/01/19/we-are-the-lobbyists/ ]___We are more powerful then the lobbyist, because we are the customers too. The lobbyists only represent the corporations to the government. We the people represent votes and dollars to both the corporations and government. Neither corporation nor government without We the People. And now we have a voice and a tool for organizing and connecting those voices.

2012-01-19 03:09:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

At 8:30pm PST (GMT-8) I'll be starting a hangout for the last rehearsal of +Rags & Ribbons prior to our first +Hangout On Tour (+HOT) this Friday Jan 20th at 9pm PST (GMT-8). Stop in if you're free and look for the announcement tomorrow for Friday's +HOT.

At 8:30pm PST (GMT-8) I'll be starting a hangout for the last rehearsal of +Rags & Ribbons prior to our first +Hangout On Tour (+HOT) this Friday Jan 20th at 9pm PST (GMT-8). Stop in if you're free and look for the announcement tomorrow for Friday's +HOT.___

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2012-01-18 17:28:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Humor is the best weapon.

Enough blackout for me today. That will teach 'em a lesson!

I'm back!
Check out the awesome oatmeal blackout GIF!
http://theoatmeal.com/sopa___Humor is the best weapon.

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2012-01-18 17:26:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

No thanks, I'm not interested in your censorship today.

No thanks, I'm not interested in your censorship today.___

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2012-01-17 19:48:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

It's a small world after all...

The power of G+ Hangouts
an ever shrinking world

Last night a group of us were hanging out when a group of guys from Kuwait joined our room. It was obvious when they joined that they didn't speak much if any English, but they were excited to see us just the same. After a minute one of the guys pulled out a drum and began playing for us. +Eric Rice , one of the U.S. guys in the hangout recognized the drum our guests from Kuwait were playing as the same model of hand drum he happened to own as well. Eric just happened to have it right near his desk and pulled it on camera to show off to the guys in Kuwait... sure enough, it was the exact same hand drum they had. Eventually a couple other people in the hangout pulled out instruments of their own and it turned into an international drum circle, everyone sharing a little riff here and there. The guys from Kuwait were apparently having a larger drum circle jam type session of their own and they took turns passing the cam around and crowding on screen to say hi or jam out on their instruments.

Despite the language barrier, these guys managed to pull us into their circle and shared a bit of their culture and music. It still just blows me away, that despite all the language barriers, and vast physical and cultural distances, 2 guys on opposite ends of the globe would meet randomly in a hangout AND own the same model of drum.

Anyways, it just goes to show... the distances on the planet are shrinking... and Google+ hangouts are speeding that process along.___It's a small world after all...

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2012-01-17 19:37:30 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Nice one +Jaana Nyström

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.

Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?___Nice one +Jaana Nyström

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