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Ryan Schultz has been at 16 events

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Doug Jackson2,675HANGING OUT WITH DOUG JACKSON & STREETJELLY.COM Last Streetjelly performance I had 51 listeners stop by to listen, enjoy, tip etc.  Would love to best that by 49.....to make an even 100.   So, what do you say?  The majority of listeners were from Google +.  How AMAZING! Point your browser to http://www.streetjelly.com and look for "Doug Jackson" (Hey! That's me!) Remember to get there a few minutes early if you do not already have a streetjelly account and create one. The After Party Hangout invite was going out to my entire fan-base before.  That will no longer happen.  Invites will only go to Google + fans that come to the show.  First nine to accept will be the party.  I will however post the link on the Google + event page, to the hangout, and you can try to get in, if someone drops out. Thanks again everyone.....you guys/gals are great! Hope to see you there, and thanks! DougDoug Jackson Live on StreetJelly.com2014-08-09 02:00:0012  
Helpouts by Google621,941Join us for a Hangout on Air hosted by @110439938169537570783 featuring Jan, one of our product managers who is an expert in how new listings work. We will bring you through a demo of what's changed and make sure you have all the information you need to update your listings and get them ready for all the other updates we have coming.  To join the Hangout on Air, look out for the live event on our G+ page and click the 'Play' symbol on the post at that time. If you have questions, post them in the Q&A section and we'll address as many of these on air as possible. Watch live here: http://youtu.be/e8vm64o0edsHelpouts New Listing - Hangout on Air2014-05-08 21:00:0046  
Billy Wilson1,546,127@108595299975404341987 brings together Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Personalities, & all sorts of fun and interesting people from around the world each Friday for a hangout and is one of the largest & longest running shows on G+. This week we're joined by Photographers @112870609367691483673 & @110334215429099763864, Mental Health Advocate and Poet @104817962572972319153, Librarian @107590093667978669374, along with Special Musical Guest @111346544086444484872 ! The show will be live on Friday at 10:00pm Eastern here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBillster2/live Refresh the page if you don't see it.   You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtH The show is currently embedded above.TSBW Variety Show #57: Photographers, Mental Health, Along with Live Music from Olivia Koterska ! (On Air Hangout)2013-05-04 04:00:00109  
Billy Wilson1,546,127@108595299975404341987 brings together Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Personalities, & all sorts of fun and interesting people from around the world each Friday for a hangout and is one of the largest & longest running shows on G+. This week we'll be talking about Photography and licensing and will be joined by Photographer and Blogger @104987932455782713675. Photographers @105852782594022510198, @104723167398398004122, & @107362628080904735459. Visual Artist @113685653679106926290 of @111170124245427893960. Photographer and Community Builder @108215644829092784557. Librarian concerned with Copyright Issues @107590093667978669374. Photojournalist and App Developer @102747786373469675244 (http://www.noelchenier.ca/), and Special Musical Guest @109834557227529902145 ! The show will be embedded on this event where you can watch and chat with us and other people watching the show, the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can get reminders about the show if you RVSP by saying you're "Going". @111188574736819390850 & I are excited! You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW #53: Photography, Licensing, Creative Commons, & Stocksy along with Live Music from David Santy ! (On Air Hangout)2013-04-06 04:00:00175  
Brett Lipton23,185Pick some friends & bang um silly!Plus Phuck Phriday! DEFINITION: A PlusPhuck is a display of true (well maybe not true) love when one plusses all the posts & photos of a phriend. Like a big phrikkin notification wake up call to get that red box glowing.2013-03-29 05:00:00696  
Virtual Photo Walks™4,900,052View Paris from the Eiffel Tower with +Laurent Jean Philippe, 10am Eastern 3pm Paris timeView Paris from the Eiffel Tower with +Laurent Jean Philippe2013-03-17 15:00:00116  
NASA2,359,092Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008337  
German Practice Hangouts25,564*Come practice your German with us* We expect native German speakers who will happily converse with you in German.   Everyone speaks, and listens.  Everyone helps everyone.  No mistakes are shunned, no one is embarrassed, everybody learns. If you haven't already circled our page, you may do it now in order to receive the hangout invitation. *This hangout is intended for beginners to intermediate level German speakers* If your knowledge is on intermediate and above level, you may join our Saturday hangouts.German Practice Hangout - Beginners2013-02-03 20:00:1914  
German Practice Hangouts25,564*Come practice your German with us.* We expect native German speakers who will happily converse with you in German.   Everyone speaks, and listens.  Everyone helps everyone.  No mistakes are shunned, no one is embarrassed, everybody learns. If you haven't already circled our page, you may do it now in order to receive the hangout invitation.*German Language Practice Hangout*2012-12-22 17:00:0016  
Space Fan News!5,573,871Let's talk about exoplanets and life in the universe! Please join us for our next Space Fan Hangout where +Alberto Conti, +Jason Kalirai  and +Tony Darnell will be joined by Sara Seager, a member of the JWST advisory committee and an astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT. Her science research focuses on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets. This isn't just anyone folks, Dr. Seager is a big name in exoplanet research. Her research has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere. Before joining MIT in 2007, Professor Seager spent four years on the senior research staff at the Carnegie Institution of Washington preceded by three years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Her PhD is from Harvard University. Professor Seager is on the advisory board for Planetary Resources and the Rosalind Franklin Society. Professor Seager is the 2012 recipient of the the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, the 2007 recipient of the American Astronomical s Helen B. Warner Prize and is an AAAS Fellow. She has been recognized in the media by Popular Science Magazine's Fifth Annual Brilliant Ten in 2006, Discover Magazine's "Best 20 under 40" in 2008, Nature's Top Ten in 2011, and Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential in Space in 2012. #spacefan-sara-seagerExoplanets and Life in the Universe2012-12-11 22:00:00123  
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival398,608*Film Block 1* http://www.ugpff.com/the-unofficial-google-plus-film-festival/film-block-1/ *Film Block 2* http://www.ugpff.com/the-unofficial-google-plus-film-festival/film-block-2/ *Film Block 3* http://youtu.be/BkZPiWB1mH0?t=17m5s *Web Series Block 1* http://www.ugpff.com/web-series-block-1/ *Web Series Block 2* http://www.ugpff.com/web-series-block-2/ *Web Series Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/web-series-panel/ *Pitch Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/pitch-fest-submit-your-pitch-to-screenwriting-panelists/ *Producer Financing Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/producer-financing *Music Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/music-panel/ We are getting ready to go live at +The Los Angeles Film School and to the world for our third block of films. Stay tuned for a great show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkZPiWB1mH0 We will pass on a requests to the Google+ development team to include an option to message guests for future festivals!  Thanks. We are live with filmmakers from all over the world for our first block of short films. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAjEmHYcGI4 The Pitch Panel. http://www.youtube.com/user/UGPFilmFestival?v=yuMmmfR8bK4 Web Series Block 1 http://youtu.be/VozU9Xxbg5g?hd=1&t=10m Web Series Block 2 http://youtu.be/VozU9Xxbg5g?t=1h18m22s The Unofficial Google+ Film Festival is an online, interactive, live, international short film festival featuring some of the best short films and web series out there. To be notified of the most accurate information for the festival visit: http://ugpff.com/signup *This years festival includes* 1. Great short films w/ live interactive Q&A sessions w/ the filmmakers. 2. Interactive film panels. 3. An interactive marketplace. 4. A public film festival lounge where anyone can interact with anyone attending. 5. Free live showings in both Los Angeles, CA and Asheville, NC. See our complete schedule of events here. http://goo.gl/NXxcN or add the complete event to your iCal http://goo.gl/WN1WV By using some of the tools of Google+ like Hangouts On Air, as well as the easy of the internet, we are able to bring the film festival experience to your living room or computer.  You will be able to interact directly with the filmmakers and participate as if you were actually sitting in a theater. Join us for many of our exciting events between Fri. Nov. 30 - Sun. Dec. 2, 2012 for our second annual film festival.  This event is *FREE* to anyone who wants to attend. Please share this event and help make this one of the most exciting events on Google+ (and beyond). Thank you, +Adam J. Cohen  #ugpff2012  Unofficial Google+ Film Festival - 2012 (Public Event)2012-12-01 22:30:001014  
XL Catlin Seaview Survey3,998,154Join us here on G+ for the world’s first LIVE nighttime underwater Hangout at to celebrate the first of the Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. Emmy award-winning cinematographer, @118398706993444353039, will be underwater on the Great Barrier Reef revealing what happens when the sun goes down and feeding time commences. Richard will be talking to the who’s who of the underwater world at the @118339314165486068256 in Monterey, California as we announce our exciting news - our 360-degree panoramic imagery can now be found in the Street View feature of Google Maps. Stay tuned to our Google Plus page to view the live feed!World's First Live Underwater Night Dive Hangout2012-09-26 19:30:00439  
Limor Fried3,933,996If you are on Google+ and want to join, post a message/comment on Ladyada’s post on Google+ and say you want to show off a project and she will add you the “Show and Tell” circle. Then just look for the hangout announcement on the very same page later for your invite. There’s an 8 to 10 (at the same time) people limit per hangout, so if it’s full try later or just pop by next week same time. Some weeks are packed! At 9:30pm ET you will see a link to the hang out. Just keep your mics muted until we call on you and have your project ready. For those who just want to watch, you’ll be able to watch it live on Google+ ‘s broadcast feature on Ladyada’s page AND it will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube automatically. http://google.com/+ladyadaSHOW-AND-TELL Google+ LIVE Hangout!2012-09-23 03:30:0028  
Daria Musk3,665,624CAMPFIRE CONCERT ♨ SAT SEPT 22ND Let's sing farewell to summer and welcome fall together, around the campfire, around the world! KUMBAYA, BABY! We're taking the newest way of sharing back to it's oldest roots. Singing, stories, human connection, and s'mores. Ok maybe they didn't always have s'mores. ;)  Some great friends like @112471890387110967375 @115121555137256496805 @103765013042311928518 @103038287804535196503 @107158210554763556081 @112005390393978914665 and more are coming to share their own campfire-style songs, stories and games. We'll marathon, sing-a-long and rotate seats 'til the sun goes down. So grab some hot cocoa, flashlights, sleeping bags and come hang! _Comment below to let me know if you want a special early-invite or if you'd like to share something! We could use some good 'ol harmonica to set the mood!_  *XO, Daria*Campfire (Hangout) Concert!2012-09-22 22:00:00550  
German Practice Hangouts25,564Wir werden unser Deutsch üben.  Ihr könnt freilich mitmachen wenn Ihr Euer Deutsch fast perfekt ist oder gar nicht nutzbar ist !   German Language Practice Hangout with Wolf Weber2012-09-20 01:00:005  
Fraser Cain956,431Once again, we'll be hooking up multiple telescopes into a live Google+ hangout, and display the wonders of the Universe. We might see planets, the Moon, galaxies, star clusters, or nebulae. We'll also have PhD astronomers join and explain the science behind the beautiful views.  We'll even take requests. I'm attaching a view of last week's star party so you can see what you missed last week. Hint: Uranus and Neptune. #starparty-sep16Virtual Star Party - Sep 16, 20122012-09-17 04:30:00232  

Ryan Schultz has been shared in 256 public circles

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steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,172#followfriday  this is my canadian circle which was started by +Brian Buckley and I have added to it  if you are canadian and not in this let me know!2015-04-10 17:15:321748114
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,131my canadian circle  ! enjoy  +Curt Cranfield 2015-04-09 00:02:061751005
George Clark17,675If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well doneIf you would like to be included in the next #Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#Japanese #currency #reached #a #record #high #of #yenUS$ #Economic #growth #in #Asia #since #World #War #II #to #the #s #had #been #concentrated #in #Japan #as #well #as #the #four #regions #of #South #Korea #Taiwan #Hong #Kong #and2015-04-02 09:46:124109415
Dylan Cuffy21,984#WhatLiesAground To begin this morning's run, a replacement version of Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. As I explained in yesterday's posts, a certain site known as AndroidDissected recently rebranded into +TechDissected, shuttering their old G+ page in the process. Thanks to some detective work with Google search, I went forward to patch things up.And now you know, folks! Stay tuned in the next few days for the "Fab 500 Actives", generated with +Circloscope.(For +Amig Von Hallen, CS&M owner +AyJay Schibig, and circle guru +Stephan Klimmeck)----Original version:https://plus.google.com/103283675665371670119/posts/Ff3BpgYZopK2015-03-07 14:40:1150011911
Noah Wesley21,014Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-03-02 11:28:56495232641
CarDekhe0Hi Friends ...This is the TOP PEOPLE V8 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly follow  the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or comment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circles2015-02-28 06:21:41500111615
Dylan Cuffy21,408#WhatLiesAground Welcome, one and all, to the final edition of Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Luckily enough, no account of significance has gone away.As I continue wrapping things up in my old quarters, say hello to our last 25 (all of whom I found on G+ comments and posts alike). This list took me less than 40 minutes to compile (with the help of +All my +), and does not include members in the just launched follow-up, Fab 3.• +Manish Singh-SEO, +Sachin Saroj, and +Rainbow Craft™ 2015 (who requested inclusion, last we met at CS&M)• Four furry artists: +Marquis The Eevee (whose work is reminiscent of "RoareyRaccoon's"), +Scarlett Wolf  (via +Artix the Inheritor at Furry+), +ApolloWolf Productions (via +Harold Gardner), and +Haz Fox (who just approached 100 followers lately; via a Furry+ post of his)• +Radim Kacer (from the Czech Republic; via G+'s personalised circle recommendations)• +Ross University School of Medicine (in Portsmouth, Dominica)• +Johannes Kleiber (from Germany; via the Hot stream)• As seen on the Explore stream: +Sherrie Lacritz (relative newcomer from South Carolina), +Andrésy 2015-02-25 07:46:3950011720
Harry Day14,578If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ireland #ireland #cork #ireland #dublin #italy #italy #florence #italy #milan #italy #naples #italy #rome #italy #venice #latvia #latvia #riga #lithuania #lithuania #vilnius #netherlands #netherlands #amsterdam #netherlands #rotterdam #norway #norway #bergen #norway #oslo 2015-02-20 10:28:0939313917
Ryan Johnson25,620This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday 2015-02-19 07:57:44415271848
George Clark15,630Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving #Lamborghini #DrivingSchool #WinterDrivingTips #DistractedDriving #NewYear #AutoRepair #Audi #Supercars #NewCar #UsedCars 2015-02-19 07:23:34376151425
Dylan Cuffy21,158#WhatLiesAground And without further ado...Welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. As two accounts (Patsy Priebe and Hanna Lynn) went away since my last update, I've had to bring in +Sean Cushing​ and +Crimson Star​ to keep things fresh. Again, consider yourselves welcome!As I mentioned yesterday in another post, our last 25 members are on the way—and I only have ten days to choose carefully and cautiously. In addition to the ones I mentioned above, say hello to:• The +Circloscope​ team (whose tool I'll use to generate a fresh new list of active Fab members next month)• +Gernot Glaeser​ and +蕭文男​/Xiāo Wénnán (from my recent follower queue)• +Isabel Merchan​ (via +Brian Gill​)• +Gregory Colbert​ (no relation to elephant champion Stephen) and +VICENTE PEÑARROJA APARICI​ (via G+'s personalised circle suggestions)• +David Marx​ (no relation to '80s hitmaker Richard), +Christian Rogers​, +PHOTOMENTARY by Nikon​, +Lena Levin​, and +Paul L​ (via the Hot stream)• +Jørgen Jensen​ and +2015-02-18 06:36:25475131421
Dylan Cuffy20,967#WhatLiesAground And welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. This new version arrives over one month later than estimated; blame it on keeping up with +Daniel Stock's team back last holiday season.Alas, giving you a full list of whom I've circled in the interim will take me hours to compile. So as it stands, special greetings go out to these select newcomers:• +Larry Fournillier (out of Trinidad and Tobago)• +Anthony Deane (out of Barbados)• +Jerry Blank (my last circle addition of 2014)• +R.G Kirk (follower #20,000 of mine de facto; Australian poet)• Tsū network members +Sylvia Sotuyo (CC0 supporter, just like me), +Phil Aston (Cornwall photographer), +Adriana Popovici (recommended by +Daniel Mihai Popescu), and +Linda Lee Williams (fellow author)• +Sarah Draws cartoons and +Leah Winchell (thanks for your takes on Samson Dixwell!)• +Hannah Heath (thanks for the guide to character development!)• +Author and Illustrator Rosemary Wells (creator of Timothy Goes to School and Max & Ruby; sending you a licensing request e-mail anytime soon)• +Russell Gould2015-02-07 21:39:4645051512
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker111,805#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2015-01-23 18:05:3322064453
Circles and Photography36,180Builders 10   1.21.15Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleoftheday #circleshare  #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles  #circle 2015-01-21 09:00:34419367
steph wanamaker111,441#followfriday  Here is my awesome  men who comment circle 2015-01-16 16:20:1121960566
Timothy J. Holloway4,399"Canadians" I'm sharing all my circles publicly. This is one of them. Unfortunately, this circle is really 512 for me but only 500 of you have been shared. Which 12 have been cut is outside my knowledge and awareness....2015-01-03 02:42:44500203
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500639
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221166266
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120851261
John Nuntiatio52,906#newcircle #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-12-05 06:53:59239011
Circles and Photography34,575Builders 10     11.28.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-11-29 03:30:05421118
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker110,421#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!  circle them up and your stream will be perfect !2014-11-28 17:04:4720353052
Kenneth Nicholson9,952This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #circles  2014-11-26 12:05:55374626192
Dylan Cuffy17,642#WhatLiesAground And...welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Can't believe it's only been four days since the last update!Just so you know, I have 17,600+ followers/1,000,000+ page views at this writing (per +CircleCount). Point of no return, isn't it? (Especially since I linked up my feed to Bloglovin' early this morning.)Time to say hello to these newest additions:• +Anthony Long (founder of Tsū, the new social service; doesn't use G+, but is a honorary member of my network)• +Amelia Sides (owner of the Writing Pit)• +Rebekkah Niles (from whom I shared a beginner's guide to writing book synopses earlier this week)• +Eustacia Tan (who introduced me to +Amazon.com's WriteOn last month)• +Kimi Arista, +Micha Fire, and +Amy Knepper (whom Ms. Tan mentioned in her WriteOn post)• +All my + (whose post backlog feature is serving me well as I prepare this list; along with CircleCount, they are the only big players in town when it comes to G+ stats these days. Say, is anyone planning to resurrect Google Plus Suomi anytime soon—and buy back the domain?)• +Stephan Klimmeck (who keeps track of circle creators; you can thank +P. Mehta for bringing him to my attention. Here's hoping this update is enough for Mr. Klimmeck to add me to his next one.)• +Rex Dow (who shows up on Tsū very often)• +2014-11-15 20:50:134003210
Dylan Cuffy15,777#WhatLiesAground Time for another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Can't believe the last update was only five days ago!So many new ones, so little time; should've made a list so I didn't lose track. So as always, a special shout-out to those from my watchlist (which I cleared today):• +Moan Lisa (out of Iowa)• +Brian Gill (tip of the hat to ya!)• +Ashley Stuart (circle curator, just like Lisa)• +Tim Lyden (out of Oregon; greetings from Waterbury, CT!)• +OPhelia Marie (Dominica's Lady of Song)• +James Gunn (from +Guardians of the Galaxy)• +Ryan Schultz (the inspiration for my Top 10 Relevant group, along with +Aaron Crocco)• +Shawn Manaher (book marketing coach)• +Debbie Ohi (another children's author)• +Anthrocon (furries know their name)• +VLC (the open-source player)And saying hello to my newest finds (both furries as well): +Marshall Fox (fursuit fan) and +Jacob Bridenbecker (dragon as fursona). Along with:• +2014-10-17 17:50:443006613
steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
Allan watson7,797Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done. If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#News #BusinessNews #TechNews #Aviation #Flight #Flights #Passengers #Airport #Travel #KLM #Aircraft #AirTravel #Airbus #Flying #AvGeek #Boeing #Chicago #Safety #AmericanAirlines #Canceled #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle     #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle2014-09-27 12:27:02303283042
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019956046
antonio merekende02014-09-14 15:14:08357002
George Clark6,178Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle 2014-09-10 12:02:11473312934
Brian Buckley56,642Sharing My Aug 30 Engagers Showcase CircleHappy Saturday. Here is my latest circle of engaging plussers. Again with this post I am giving away a special prize with this share. Make sure you read the entire post to see how to qualify for the giveaway! There is a very special person who I follow that doesn't like to be included in a mass circle share. This is because she doesn't think her taste is everyone else's cup of tea. She's +Pam Adger   and she is an amazing, articulate, kind person. Some of her posts don't suit everyone's tastes, so she's not in this circle.  I'm recommending that you add her manually. Consider this a bonus for reading this much of my post.If her tastes aren't for you, then don't add her.READ ON - GIVEAWAY INFORMATION TO COMEThe Engagers Showcase part means that I would love for you to share a link to one of your own recent posts in the comment stream here. That is a unique feature of this type of circle and it's a lot of fun. It also gives everyone a chance to learn a little bit about why I like to have you in my circles, and if they would like to add you to your circles. You'll need to use a public post or Google plus won't give you a link to it. There are lots of new people in this circle. This is your chance to make some great new connections.Here's the second bonus for reading this far. You have a chance to win one of our coveted "Blue Footed Boobies" tee shirts. Everyone in this circle (plus Pam) who shares a link to a post will be added into a new circle. +Terry McNeil won the shirt that we gave away on the last share two weeks ago. See Terry here: http://goo.gl/UK5D5X   We will give one member of that new circle a tee shirt as pictured in this post: http://goo.gl/2MJGE4If you don't have a public post of your own that you would like to share you can include a link to someone else's awesome post that you like.SHARING COMMENTING PLUSSINGAll the above are welcome and appreciated, but please do any of the above for your own reasons. You are in this circle already because of our interactions or because I admire what you do online and I want to recommend you to others. This is not a snowball circle. You don't get in or out by the same criteria as most circles.Thanks again everyone. Enjoy and thank you for your engagement Good luck with the giveaway :) #engagersshowcasecircle   #sharedcircles   #engagers          2014-08-30 15:50:4138621961162
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519869262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Mike Elgan3,464,700Follow the Blogs of August!1. Click "Add people" then circle this shared circle (even if you did it before)2. Share with your circlesThe Blogs of August are bloggers who are either trying or have already decided to blog on Google+ exclusively for the month of August (or permanently). 2014-08-06 12:34:462215525
Becky Collins13,898Beer. Bacon. Music Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-02 05:13:064685210
Kostenlose Fotos / Bilder / Sprüche - Legakulie.de4,933+Kostenlose Fotos / Bilder / Sprüche - Legakulie.de  hat Folgendes ursprünglich geteilt: **************NEW  CIRCLE EDITION*************                                     Boost your visibility on Google+  & share this unitedcircle!To be added to the unitedcircle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Plus, Comment and Reshare this post in PUBLICBest wishes from germany   #powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #unitedcircle   #followers  2014-07-21 15:55:045010118
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203651168
Eli Just1,549Are you an avid reader or want to connect with avid readers? Share and add this awesome circle of BOOK LOVERS who read and support authors. Lots of great connections in here that I enjoy hearing from daily.To be added to this circle--please add it, +1 it, comment on and share it!  #reader #readers #readersrocks #readingisfun #readinglist #authors #authorsupport #avidreaders #readinglist #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #isupportauthors  2014-06-27 14:09:34390201
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)37,221#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss 2014-05-27 06:18:55201172
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474
John Nuntiatio36,016#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle 2014-05-09 10:13:25362657
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John Nuntiatio34,173#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-20 08:16:45245287
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)33,831#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-17 06:46:35484348
Marco Favero6,459his is my Sparkle Team Elite Engager CircleAs it has been some time since I posted a #teamelite circle, my   #teamelite circles have a fabulous theme this time, so they are named Sparkle and Glitter. You'll notice there are only two of them this time, as I am now making sure everyone has added me before I share them.* #teamelite  members - see nearer the end for instructions for the next stage!  #eliteinnercircle *I have had so many great     #teamelite  engagers that I need two whole circles - why are they     #teamelite  engagers, as opposed to normal engagers? These are the ones who have shared my shared circles - you have close to 1,400 circle sharers here for you to add across these three circles. You should add people in these circles, because they are active engagers and will brighten up your Google Plus experience. I'm not sure you could handle all that Google Plus engagement, so think twice before you do so!My     #teamelite  circles are extensively shared by the top circle sharers on Google Plus, so naturally, membership of     #teamelite  is very exclusive and there is a lot of demand to get in.To get in, and to ensure you stay in     #teamelite  you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).BE THE BEST OF THE BEST:To get into my  #eliteinnercircle  you need to share my Sparkle and Glitter #teamelite  circles, as well as my current #eliteinnercircle circle. You can find them here:#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers 2014-04-14 20:59:0149910338
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Trying out the Microsoft website http://how-old.net to see if it can guess my sex and age based on a photograph.

Mine was way off (I'm 51).  It did correctly guess I was male though.

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Animated GIF originally posted by user pianozen on Ello:
Created by Florian de Looij

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Animated GIF by beesandbombs over on Ello:

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Song of the Angels
Artist Alexey Kondakov visualises classical figures in a modern setting

Song of the Angels
Artist Alexey Kondakov visualises classical figures in a modern setting___

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2015-05-23 11:03:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Eye opening stats on water consumption to grow certain foods.

It requires lots of water to grow these foods, but not sure what else we can do to cut water usage...how about cutting the watering of all the golf courses?___Eye opening stats on water consumption to grow certain foods.

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2015-05-23 04:11:11 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Oh this is a good editorial image, it makes you want to research the issue.

Always Coca Cola?

Coca-Cola, Proud Sponsor Qatar 2022 World Cup___Oh this is a good editorial image, it makes you want to research the issue.

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Eat your poutine, it's good for you...

Gotta stay healthy and eat our salad 😅___Eat your poutine, it's good for you...

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Clouds Ascending by Like_He

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Lonely by Vali Vadanoiu

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A Boat at Poda
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Fashion Street 2, 2012

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summertime by Agnès Hulin

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A long read but a good one. Google+, are you listening?

Mountain View, we have a problem

Dear Google, I’m your friend. Really I am. If I weren’t, I wouldn’t take time to tell you there’s a problem. I’m not rage quitting, that’s an easy way out and unworthy of what you’ve built. I’m going to try to make this place better and if not, I’ll find someone, who’ll help me build a better place. That’s not an idle threat, because you know there are smart people with drive out there. Complacency and lack of direction make incumbents vulnerable. 

so let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late (B. Dylan) 

TL;DR
GPlus needs to change and put humans in the middle instead of compartmentalizing us neatly. Suggestions for improvement are also provided. A user group advising and providing feedback would be a good start.  Stop here or proceed at your own peril.


What do you want to be when you grow up?

My friends at Google, we know you have the smartest people, you have the best data, you’re everywhere in tech. Here we are having this discussion on GPlus, an absolutely fantastic site full of potential, but often frustrating to myself and apparently others too. I think I am beginning to understand why.  You don’t know what you want to do with GPlus; you’ve got data instead of people at the heart of the design. 

Just one man’s opinion

Clearly, what I am writing is from a very limited perspective. I lack the data you have. I lack the specialization in this field you have. I am not objective. Thus, this is admittedly only my take on things and I won’t presume to be a speaker for everyone, but I will speak clearly and earnestly with you. I want you to succeed, but if you won’t change in ways that make the experience better here for me, I will go elsewhere, because eventually someone else will offer a better experience if you do nothing. 

No free lunch

This is our implicit bargain.  You been getting my content, tracking me, selling ads using what you know about me. In return, I have been able to use GPlus and other great tools from Google (Search, Drive, Docs, Hangout/Chat, Translate, Scholar, Android, Picnik in the GPlus Photos, etc…) I think we’ve both been more or less content with this deal. I am no longer content though with the experience on GPlus, because it could and should be more.  

What you’ve done well

You’ve given us some very easy to use and powerful features on GPlus. The Hangouts on Air, while something I seldom attend, has been a great way for me to sample some musicians. Events have been great for specific, directed purposes. Hangouts / Chats have been a mixed blessing , but the fact that you offer it as part of the package has been great. You’ve built in a translate function that makes some languages that I don’t speak halfway accessible to me. It lets me follow people with quality posts in different languages. I love the photo quality and tools. Auto awesome, Auto Enhance, the Picnik toolset and the generous space have made sharing photos here easy and fun. Circles are a very good feature that rapidly became my favorite tool for dealing with the stream to ensure I saw what I wanted from people I circled and posted to whom I wanted. Let’s not forget your two-step verification, which gives additional security on the account. Blocking and reporting spam features have been tools that so far, thankfully, I have rarely had to use, but I’m glad they’re there. You deserve special credit for never going down the “Farmville” or “Mafia War” or any of those other games of similar ilk route. That’s definitely a laudable decision to not do something. Sometimes not doing something is just as important as what you do. 

I’m probably forgetting things that have become so second nature that I just take them for granted. That’s a compliment to so many things that are done well here. 


”It depends” Category

Google, you’ve got a lot of things that are a mess. Sometimes they are helpful and sometimes they are mixed blessings at best. I mentioned Hangouts above. One of the people I have followed for a long time on GPlus, who has used hangouts a lot more than I ever have or probably will, told me the other night that her Hangout turned into Chatroulette. If people want Chatroulette they go there. If people want a reasonable discourse a GPlus Hangout ought to be a good alternative. 

Communities  Yes, I get the purpose. I understand why it is good to have private discussion groups or focused forums. Communities have proliferated so much though, that I hardly go to the ones I have anymore. Despite invites I now only add a community once in a blue moon, because I just don’t have time to get to them anymore. I also think they are divisive and detrimental to engagement on GPlus. Oh, some people in communities are passionate and engage frequently and meaningfully within a community, but their voices are sorely missing in the public stream. 

Collections  Again, something I understand. I’ll get around to setting up some. I know that when I post a picture of a spider, even some of my most loyal followers get a shock. Putting spider pictures in a collection could be a good idea to deal with this. They can follow me, but opt out / suppress the spider collection. At least in theory. If someone follows 1000 people will they realistically go to that granular level, esp. over time? After all use of collections will be ongoing and dynamic, so users would have to continually update which collections to turn on or off. I’m sure Google has thought it through. My gut feeling is that collections serve the following purposes: 

1. It’s a Google version of Pinterest (simplistic, but I’m running with that for now) 

2. Google likes to have things categorized. It fits neatly into your most powerful capability: search. You guys can even search scripts and DOMs accurately. If you get people to cleanly categorize pictures and maybe even label them for you, you have another goldmine to make yourselves indispensable with. How could you resist getting users to categorize for you? 

The danger is that it’s going to put keywords and items in the center instead of people. We’re not discovering and interacting with people, we’re searching for and discovering photos associated with keywords. If we don’t know what we don’t know, how will we find something new? Won’t this lead to a progressive encapsulation or a type of filter bubble for our user experience? 

Ok. The intentions behind Collections are good, but I’m keeping an eye on this.


The Bad and sometimes Downright Ugly

November 2013 was a low-water mark for Google Plus. I believe you made an immense mistake that severely damaged the ecosystem. I liken it to an asteroid impact on Earth leaving a distinctive mark in the fossil record. GPlus was for the most part a community of people, who wanted to be on the Plus and who interacted with each other positively (my experience). Then you forced the integration of GPlus and YouTube . I know you’ve heard the complaints before and this is history, but it still echoes here. The YouTube integration marked a time when I started losing people that I enjoyed on here. They either abandoned the place or went to almost exclusively private posts. It is my subjective impression that GPlus went from exuberant adolescent to wary young adult in that period. Let me tell you GPlus that I don’t want my identity on GPlus and my identity on YouTube merged. I want to have a public and a private persona: even if you may know everything I do, I don’t necessarily want every like or dislike to be for public consumption. You overstepped there and you let the barbarians overrun Camelot. They weren’t even interesting barbarians, a better description of the horde would be cretinous trolls.

Hashtags  Please get hashtags under control. I do understand that you need some. Take a look at my attached snapshot evidence hashtaghell. When a post has a title and maybe one or two lines of text and then is followed by two pages of hashtags things are out of control. Do you really think that’s a good idea? Is that really how you want us to reach out to each other? Do you want to take SEO and the “Plus My Post” game to these extremes? 

Circle share abuse  well, you fixed that radically didn’t you? Was there no better way than to completely eliminate it? At what point did you discuss this with your users? I don’t miss circle shares that much and don’t really care. I wasn’t in that game, although I did benefit from shares and apparently was shared some hundreds of times. What bothers me is the lack of discourse with your users. There were legitimate uses for it, but you killed the whole feature. 

What’s Hot fix that too. Yes, you want a “trending” feature, I get it. Curate it How many times will a particular user with only 5000 followers get hundreds or thousands of “+1s” , a handful of comments and never respond to any commenter? Zero engagement, nada, zilch, but every day turn up on “What’s Hot”. Sure, some of those shots are good, but they’re not outclassing everyone else every day. Is that on the level? Maybe it is. Maybe it is the culture and the region. I think you’re being gamed. I damned sure am sick of seeing that. Oh yeah, I can block, but you’re letting it happen. Blocking only pretends it’s not going on. It would be an ostrich tactic.  

Speaking of gaming “What’s Hot”, apparently a couple of hashtags about bees will get you on “What’s Hot and Recommended” even if you don’t have much to say or a very good photo, while other people’s work that I have seen barely gets noticed. That’s a riddle to me too. There are probably other examples, but I think I’ve made the point that something is fishy in Denmark. 

You want users to spend their energy on hashtags and SEO? That’s what you’re going to get. We’re not all in this for money or fame. I understand businesses competing for top page ranks. Let that happen in the Search Engine Wars. Level the playing field on GPlus for normal users. Rigged games turn people off. I don’t think competitive hashtagging is where the majority of users want to wind up. 


Frustration: it’s got to be better than this

Lacking any way to get meaningful statistics inside GPlus, I’ve had to do some reading and use outside tools. Google says there are about 300 million active GPlus users in a month. Stone Temple Consulting did a study of public posts and concluded the number was close to 110 million active users. That’s a lot, but only about 0.5% of Google users. Only 6.7 million have 50 posts or more EVER on GPlus. About 3.5 million have 50 posts in the last 30 days on GPlus. 

Let’s get down to my numbers, because they’re the only ones I can speak directly to. Thanks to 3rd party tools: +CircleCount  and +NOD3x , I have some information I can use.

2171 total public posts from 20110715 to 20150513
2012 posts in statistics 
20.4 +1s per post
0.78 reshares per post
8.2 comments per post

Current numbers based on last 50 posts
20 comments per post
2 reshares per post
55 +1s per post
16992 followers

77 total engages (reshares, comments, +1s)

0.0045 Engaged Spread => 0.45 % interaction based on number of followers
(Reshares + Comments + +1s) /  Followers

0.006 Engaged Depth => .6 %
(reshares*3 + comments*2 + +1s) /  Followers

I can’t say if these are good or bad, but I do feel like I rarely reach someone new in terms of engagement. Mostly, I think, I have a loyal group of regulars (I adore you), with whom I have interaction in comments on my posts or on their posts. If I get past 150 people in a week I’m doing great. That doesn’t seem very good to me considering that I supposedly have almost 17k followers. That’s roughly 0.9% interacting with me. Is that typical? It seems pretty low to me as a layperson, but I do enjoy the interactions with the people I have come to know. I’m happy with the quality so far, but a bit mystified at such a low level of interacting versus the apparent base (17k). 


An eloquent comment by a friend

_ But it wasn't just me who changed. Google+ changed too._ The tone changed and some changes had a profound impact on personal interactions. I saw and still see, people pouring out their hearts and I wonder, do people even still see this? Have we, as in users of social media, become so jaded or is everything happening too fast? Has the neverending stream of information around us dulled our ability to see? (from a friend’s post. Not listing his name to protect him in case things go south on this post. If he wants his name in here, I’ll edit and insert it.) 


Making this place better

Sometimes you have to roll the hard six

I know that I’m opening myself up to be ripped into by lots of people, lectured by others and have still more shake their heads and say “bless his heart”. It’s ok. I don’t want to just criticize. I want changes and have ideas. I’m sure they don’t match everyone’s ideas, but unless people advance ideas on what’s wrong and what needs fixing, you, Google, are going to do what you think best in a vacuum. At least I’m not hearing about you reaching out to people like myself, so it appears to be a vacuum to me.
 

Action Plan

1. You need a user group that’s a real cross-section of your users. Ensure both women and men get to participate. Include power users (bloggers, musicians, artists, tech columnists, authors, etc.), but also regular users. Include people from different regions. Include people using different tools out of your offerings. 

2. give us a meaningful roadmap or vision for GPlus. What are you going to do to make this the best place for people to interact on the web?

3. Put in some “simple” fixes to small, but aggravating problems.

3.1 When a post is reshared and gets plusses, why not have the plusses also automatically added to the original post?

3.2 let people have better view to what happens with their posts. Who is interacting on it (limited number when you click on activity today)? If something takes off, who was the key user in that chain of events?  

3.3 if you won’t give us the tools to understand what is going on then open up the API to CircleCount, Node3x and others. Let them develop add-ons to make our experience better. Open it ALL up to them. 

3.4 Give me a way to check my circles. Who is still active? Who abandoned in 2013? Let me clean out my circles without a tedious search one by one. Sure, I would like people to come back, but if they’ve been gone a year or more, I’d like to see it and make space for people, who will interact with me.

3.5 Take hashtags out of the main post. Put them in another section, i.e. a post has a text section, it has an optional “labels” or “hashtag” section, it has a link/photo/video sharing option.

3.6 Curate “What’s Hot” better. Even better than that, get people on GPlus, who actually find good quality postings and put them in a recommended/curated listing. If you’re doing that today, it isn’t living up to my expectations.

3.7 Why don’t you want to be the place for people to come to discuss topics? Why shouldn’t GPlus, built by some of the brightest people of our era, running on and within one of the most capable global companies, be a place that attracts avante garde and intellectual interaction? You ought to want to make this the place to be on the internet. I’m not asking you to be a Facebook killer. Don’t be Facebook, Pinterest, MySpace or the Matrix. Bring bright minds together. Make it easy and rewarding to mix and mingle. You can dominate this space in a way no one else does.

3.8 If you can’t figure out how to make 3.7 happen then find your top contributors of original content (music, art, photos, blogs, regular posts) and make them an offer as a highlighted contributor. At least figure out something to make it rewarding for them instead of leaving them to be worn down by the parade of spammers and trolls. Make sure there is support for them to handle the engagement volume. Some of you remember Dede King? Someone like Dede would be great. Sure she polarized, but we need spice not oatmeal. 

3.9 The “Discover” feature is lame. Those aren’t people interacting with us. Maybe some are news sources, but I don’t need GPlus for that. Famous people, who don’t interact and don’t do their own comments are boring to me. The only one I’ve run across, who was good at that was Jerry Ryan. Fix it. Rotate people in. Use your own statistics to show people, who really interact and let the cream rise to the top. Use your curators to find quality content, not just names. 


4. Dr. Zaius, get your stinking algorithms off me 

Google, you mean well, but these algorithm changes are killing interactions. We users do notice when engagement drops off. It’s not a ghost town, but sometimes things drop off suddenly for a week or two, usually around new feature introductions. If it were just me then I would look for a reason in my posts or the quality of my work. I’ve had enough people tell me they notice something too, that I don’t think it’s me. It’s you Google. You surprise us and you’re not transparent.
What I think is wrong: you’re doing Big Data and assume like likes like. I’m sure there’s statistics for it. I’m sure it’s more comfortable that way, but some of the more interesting people aren’t like me. I also have Circle Management. I know who I want to see out of the people I already know. Why do you keep changing relevance algorithms and pulling us apart? I feel like the bread pudding in the expanding universe analogy where galaxies are raisins and growing further apart. 

I want control over what I see in my existing circles without your algorithms deciding to give me less of Jane Doe and more of John Smith. I also want to be able to discover people from something like the old “incoming stream”. Right now my main way to discover new people is from interaction with new people, who plus/comment on my posts or a GPlus friend’s posts. I grow slowly, organically and have richer interactions, but I don’t know what I’m missing out there. How can I get new stuff in my stream and avoid a “filter bubble” and slow, but sure stagnation? 


Wrapping Up

Google, I care about GPlus. You’ve let me meet wonderful people from all over the world, who I never would have met any other way. I’ve learned from others and I’ve grown in unexpected ways. It has been a great ride. I think you have more to offer, but I also think you’re complacent, distant from your users and lacking clearly communicated direction. You may have it all internally. I know you have extremely sharp, driven people and wouldn’t rule out anything you want to accomplish. You need to remember users though. GPlus may be a great layer on top of other services, but make it something people also continue enjoying to connect with other people. 

Thank you for the good years! I hope you have more to come, but don’t take it for granted. Others may do it better if you won’t put users back in the center. No one stays on top forever. As users we have to adapt to change. As a provider you need to change and adapt to opportunities and threats too. If you make this a place people love (net promoter scores anyone?) GPlus will master all the changes. 

We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him. (Montaigne)

Thanks for listening. I came as a friend. 


Resources / Additional Reading

General GPlus Info
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google%2B

Users / Communities / Engagement / Ghost Town
https://www.stonetemple.com/real-numbers-for-the-activity-on-google-plus/ 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/104092656004159577193/posts/9261uXiuoeM 
http://marketingland.com/google-plus-small-still-not-dead-yet-125083 
http://www.simonowens.net/google-plus-is-not-a-ghost-town-the-massive-engagement-within-its-communities-platform 
http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/why-google-is-dying-and-nearly-dead/617715
http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/study-suggests-far-fewer-active-google-plus-users-than-google-claims/

Collections
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/google-plus-adds-collections-to-keep-things-tidy-move-towards-being-like-pinterest-10226039.html 

Is Google the Matrix?
https://plus.google.com/+MikeElgan/posts/DmCGAG1uveN 
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/blog/2013/jun/04/google-plus-the-matrix 

Search Engine Crawling
http://searchengineland.com/tested-googlebot-crawls-javascript-heres-learned-220157 

Filter Bubble
https://medium.com/backchannel/facebook-published-a-big-new-study-on-the-filter-bubble-here-s-what-it-says-ef31a292da95
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2015/05/06/science.aab1422.full?sid=887c35db-9eea-4707-a6fb-23a23210f1b3 
http://www.fastcompany.com/3046111/fast-feed/why-scientists-are-upset-over-the-facebook-filter-bubble-study 
http://digiday.com/platforms/wtf-filter-bubble-combat/

Tim Berners-Lee on an Open Web 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/long-live-the-web/ 

One iteration of the raisin bread analogy (I believe I first heard it from Carl Sagan, but couldn’t find it)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/8807068/Universe-like-raisin-bread-says-Nobel-prize-winner.html ___A long read but a good one. Google+, are you listening?

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2015-05-15 01:58:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

An oldie, but a goodie.

An oldie, but a goodie.___

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2015-05-15 01:04:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Blurred Stud, 2012

Blurred Stud, 2012___

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2015-05-14 23:25:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

It's true! 

___It's true! 

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2015-05-14 22:45:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Your love gives me such a thrill
But your love won't pay my bills
I want MONEY!

Your love gives me such a thrill
But your love won't pay my bills
I want MONEY!___

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2015-05-14 20:56:38 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

If you've never visited New York, you should go at least once.

Great timelapse from the streets/places of New York City

https://youtu.be/lP75QXyMKFs___If you've never visited New York, you should go at least once.

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2015-05-14 03:13:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I tried it out, did a really good job on 2 out of 3 images I submitted.

Wolfram has created a website that will identify any image you throw at it

The new image project joins Google's Goggles and Amazon's Firefly as rapid identification tools, though is notably designed without the intent to try and sell you anything with what it finds. It also comes just a little while after Flickr's new Magic View, as well as Microsoft's research site that determines people's genders and age based on photos. Unlike Microsoft though, Wolfram says it keeps a thumbnail version of the photo after you've uploaded it (so it can be shared with other people), and that it's collecting the images to keep on training its system, so be mindful of what you send in.___I tried it out, did a really good job on 2 out of 3 images I submitted.

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2015-05-14 02:46:29 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Animated GIF from arthurboehm on Ello:

Animated GIF from arthurboehm on Ello:___

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2015-05-13 07:18:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Snow in the City, 2012 (created using ArtRage app on iPad).

Snow in the City, 2012 (created using ArtRage app on iPad).___

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2015-05-13 05:14:06 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Animated GIF by beesandbombs on Ello:

Animated GIF by beesandbombs on Ello:___

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2015-05-08 23:38:00 (2 comments, 23 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Animated GIF by beesandbombs over on Ello:

Animated GIF by beesandbombs over on Ello:___

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2015-05-08 07:36:00 (1 comments, 25 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Animated GIF originally posted by user pianozen on Ello:
Created by Florian de Looij

Animated GIF originally posted by user pianozen on Ello:
Created by Florian de Looij___

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2015-05-08 07:19:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Swing: an animated GIF by user "shonk" on Ello:

Swing: an animated GIF by user "shonk" on Ello:___

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2015-05-08 07:17:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Animated GIF by user shonk on Ello:

Animated GIF by user shonk on Ello:___

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2015-05-08 05:35:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-08 00:10:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Watching the U.K. election results trickle in...

http://www.time4tv.com/2011/06/bbc-one.php

Watching the U.K. election results trickle in...

http://www.time4tv.com/2011/06/bbc-one.php___

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2015-05-01 02:38:54 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Trying out the Microsoft website http://how-old.net to see if it can guess my sex and age based on a photograph.

Mine was way off (I'm 51).  It did correctly guess I was male though.

Trying out the Microsoft website http://how-old.net to see if it can guess my sex and age based on a photograph.

Mine was way off (I'm 51).  It did correctly guess I was male though.___

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2015-04-27 21:01:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Gorgeous photo of red aurora borealis.

Baptized in Red - Photography by +Ole Henrik Skjelstad  500px.com/photo/106748625 It wasn't this I expected when the aurora forecast predicted northern lights last week - deep red in all its splendor. A blend of two exposures. Iso 6400 and 30 secs for the sky and water. Iso 3200 and 100 secs for the ground. - Ole Henrik Skjelstad 

#auroraborealis #cabin #night 


.___Gorgeous photo of red aurora borealis.

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2015-04-27 18:49:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Some facts, figures and history of the Hubble Space Telescope, on its 25th anniversary.  

Some facts, figures and history of the Hubble Space Telescope, on its 25th anniversary.  ___

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2015-04-27 12:49:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Dont let rainy days and Mondays get you down.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Winnipeg-weather-forecast-looks-mighty-good-301411031.html

Dont let rainy days and Mondays get you down.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Winnipeg-weather-forecast-looks-mighty-good-301411031.html___

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2015-04-26 02:00:36 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

For the man who has everything!  A stripper cash gun.  

I'm taking this with me the next time I'm at a strip club. ___For the man who has everything!  A stripper cash gun.  

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2015-04-26 01:55:54 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Apple seems to be having customer problems already with its new Watch product.  

This never happened with my Pebble. While pulling my hand out of my pants pocket the band caught on my belt and opened up. Apple wants $229 to fix a $349 watch. Forget it!___Apple seems to be having customer problems already with its new Watch product.  

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2015-04-26 01:53:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A much-needed alternative view of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant-centered art history.  

Disrupting History, the paintings of Titus Kaphar

h/t +Lyle Hawthorne___A much-needed alternative view of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant-centered art history.  

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2015-04-25 21:26:35 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

No surprises here.

The Average Canadian...

Just to continue your education on Canada.... Check out what an "average" Canadian looks like... :) 

#canada #canadian___No surprises here.

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2015-04-25 01:07:50 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Clip'n save for when you want to learn (or upgrade) your PhotoShop photo editing skills.

Learn Photoshop

Adobe's Photoshop is a tool that you can learn on for the rest of your life.  Here's a great list of resources to start you on that journey.

#Photoshop   #graphicdesign   #tutorials  ___Clip'n save for when you want to learn (or upgrade) your PhotoShop photo editing skills.

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2015-04-25 00:25:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-24 20:17:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I didn't feel like it but I forced myself out of bed and I picked out two bagsful of books from my collection to take to the local fire hall for donation to the annual Children's Hospital Book Market. Part of this whole de-cluttering process I have embarked upon. When I tried to start the car the battery had completely died so I had to call CAA for a boost. Enough excitement for one day for me, I'm not leaving this sofa and my iPad!

I didn't feel like it but I forced myself out of bed and I picked out two bagsful of books from my collection to take to the local fire hall for donation to the annual Children's Hospital Book Market. Part of this whole de-cluttering process I have embarked upon. When I tried to start the car the battery had completely died so I had to call CAA for a boost. Enough excitement for one day for me, I'm not leaving this sofa and my iPad!___

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2015-04-24 02:22:49 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So how many of these 250 top ranked films have you seen? I only got a score of 79.

Movie Lovers - List challenge

I've seen 200/250, what about you? And, of the ones you haven't seen, answer two questions.

- Which is the one you're most embarrassed to admit you haven't seen?
- Which of the ones you haven't seen do you most want to see soon?


For me, that would be Trainspotting and Trainspotting

h/t +Laura Topliffe ___So how many of these 250 top ranked films have you seen? I only got a score of 79.

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2015-04-23 21:24:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

And for the record, it had pink frosting.  With sprinkles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJKDPZrCZwA

And for the record, it had pink frosting.  With sprinkles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJKDPZrCZwA___

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2015-04-19 16:12:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Animated GIF by:@pianozenon on Ello.

Animated GIF by:@pianozenon on Ello.___

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2015-04-19 00:50:44 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

With a little Hawaiian flavor. +Peter Hollens is one of my favourite a cappella artists, and I am in awe as to how he organizes all his solo tracks into such wonderful multipart harmony.

Hawiian version of Over the Rainbow! Based on the version by IZ! Let me know what you think please! :-)___With a little Hawaiian flavor. +Peter Hollens is one of my favourite a cappella artists, and I am in awe as to how he organizes all his solo tracks into such wonderful multipart harmony.

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2015-04-18 23:41:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thomas Wilmer Dewing - Lady in Yellow 1888
#art  

Thomas Wilmer Dewing - Lady in Yellow 1888
#art  ___

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2015-04-16 02:19:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Received these beautiful bouquet of flowers today. Just in time for my cleared-off living room table!

Received these beautiful bouquet of flowers today. Just in time for my cleared-off living room table!___

2015-04-15 03:03:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Today was warm and sunny, perfect for spring housecleaning (with help from my Mom). The living room and kitchen look presentable again!

Today was warm and sunny, perfect for spring housecleaning (with help from my Mom). The living room and kitchen look presentable again!___

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2015-04-14 00:17:46 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you should enjoy this video.

Sad ways to die but #LOL  and full of #gameofthrones  Spoilers
[If not caught up] ..CATCHY #Musicmonday  will get in YO' head___If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you should enjoy this video.

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2015-04-14 00:01:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Evocative photograph!

The Lost World
Have a great week everyone! I had this work sitting on my computer for a long time, somehow I felt that now was the perfect time to share it. More info about the work on my blog: http://www.mikkolagerstedt.com/blog/2015/4/12/lost-world

#fineart   #photography   #Finland   #lightroompresets   #Lightroom  ___Evocative photograph!

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2015-04-13 23:54:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is great.

Having a rough day?  Here is Stephen Hawking singing the 'Galaxy Song'

On mobile: go directly to youtube to see it: https://youtu.be/XfcC6FYyL4U___This is great.

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2015-04-13 06:53:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

If you are into the Game of Thrones then you will enjoy this Sesame Street parody.

"Sean Bean" does not die in this video.  The best thing about this parody is knowing that the little kids who watched this would have no clue about the various jokes or the spoilers that were written into the clip.

#gameofthrones  ___If you are into the Game of Thrones then you will enjoy this Sesame Street parody.

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2015-04-11 21:19:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Photo of the Northern Lights courtesy of my friend Tim's wife. They live in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

Photo of the Northern Lights courtesy of my friend Tim's wife. They live in Flin Flon, Manitoba.___

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