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Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 82

2011-07-13 14:30:29 (82 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

So who's still here?

Most reshares: 29

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2011-07-15 11:06:19 (26 comments, 29 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Did google+ steal diaspora's design? There are a lot of similarities.

Most plusones: 36

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2011-07-15 11:06:19 (26 comments, 29 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Did google+ steal diaspora's design? There are a lot of similarities.

Latest 50 posts

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2011-12-29 13:23:51 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Profile Photos

Profile Photos___

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2011-08-04 07:41:07 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

A bigger patent grab looms...

A bigger patent grab looms...___

2011-07-20 08:24:21 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Hehe.

Apparently one can only have 5000 plusers in total in all their circles. I do apologize for those not yet in one of my circles. I would hope that Google lifts this limit or comes up with an alternative so I may add you. My best, Bill___Hehe.

2011-07-20 07:39:52 (5 comments, 11 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Google+ Now Lets You Upload Address Books From Outlook, Your Mac, And More

Google+ Now Lets You Upload Address Books From Outlook, Your Mac, And More___

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2011-07-18 22:00:42 (24 comments, 10 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Awwwwwwwwww yeah....

Awwwwwwwwww yeah....___

2011-07-18 13:13:18 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Poor William Shatner. http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/18/illogical-william-shatner-gets-booted-from-google/

Poor William Shatner. http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/18/illogical-william-shatner-gets-booted-from-google/___

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2011-07-15 11:06:19 (26 comments, 29 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Did google+ steal diaspora's design? There are a lot of similarities.

Did google+ steal diaspora's design? There are a lot of similarities.___

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2011-07-15 10:25:13 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Finally, Rebekah Brooks resigns over the News Corp phone hacking scandal. And yes, the WSJ had a box with the news "breaking" up and the headline, too.

Finally, Rebekah Brooks resigns over the News Corp phone hacking scandal. And yes, the WSJ had a box with the news "breaking" up and the headline, too.___

2011-07-15 10:14:02 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Google News Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Google News Badges http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/15/google-news-badges-we-dont-need-no-stinking-google-news-badges/

Google News Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Google News Badges http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/15/google-news-badges-we-dont-need-no-stinking-google-news-badges/___

2011-07-15 08:24:05 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Google News badges. It has to be some kind of joke. Waiting for the punchline.

Google News badges. It has to be some kind of joke. Waiting for the punchline.___

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2011-07-13 18:05:53 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Nice to see good coverage from +Robin Wauters of Wondergraphs, a great new app in the Google Apps Marketplace: http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/13/analyzing-and-reporting-data-only-sounds-like-a-boring-chore-wondergraphs-sexes-it-up/

(Find them in Marketplace here: http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/viewListing?productListingId=6001+4971662966966956182)

Nice to see good coverage from +Robin Wauters of Wondergraphs, a great new app in the Google Apps Marketplace: http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/13/analyzing-and-reporting-data-only-sounds-like-a-boring-chore-wondergraphs-sexes-it-up/

(Find them in Marketplace here: http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/viewListing?productListingId=6001+4971662966966956182)___

2011-07-13 14:40:13 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Would be interested in Google+ team members thoughts on this.

Would be interested in Google+ team members thoughts on this.___

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2011-07-13 14:39:57 (3 comments, 14 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The census...note how tech centric this place is.

The census...note how tech centric this place is.___

2011-07-13 14:30:29 (82 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

So who's still here?

So who's still here?___

2011-07-11 18:22:57 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I think we can all agree that we will all remember where we were on July 18:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/07/rebecca-black-to-debut-new-single-on-july-18/1

I think we can all agree that we will all remember where we were on July 18:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/07/rebecca-black-to-debut-new-single-on-july-18/1___

2011-07-08 13:29:16 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I know I have strong opinions on this subject, so I'll try (but probably fail) to keep this relatively brief. I promise to go back to frog photos after this.

Google+ forces you to have a public gender in your profile (although it can be 'Other'). I know they have reasons for this, but I don't think they're good enough.

Many women grow up with a sense of physical vulnerability that's hard for men to appreciate. Our culture's relentless treatment of women as objects teaches them that they are defined by the one thing that men around them want from them—men who are usually bigger, stronger, and (like any human) occasionally crazy. This feeling—often confirmed by actual experiences of harassment and assault—can lead, understandably, to a lifetime of low-level wariness and sense of vulnerability that men have trouble appreciating. A male designer buildingan in... more »

I know I have strong opinions on this subject, so I'll try (but probably fail) to keep this relatively brief. I promise to go back to frog photos after this.

Google+ forces you to have a public gender in your profile (although it can be 'Other'). I know they have reasons for this, but I don't think they're good enough.

Many women grow up with a sense of physical vulnerability that's hard for men to appreciate. Our culture's relentless treatment of women as objects teaches them that they are defined by the one thing that men around them want from them—men who are usually bigger, stronger, and (like any human) occasionally crazy. This feeling—often confirmed by actual experiences of harassment and assault—can lead, understandably, to a lifetime of low-level wariness and sense of vulnerability that men have trouble appreciating. A male designer building an interface should try to keep in mind that there are reasons a female user might feel uncomfortable being told she has to broadcast her gender. Sure, someone's gender is usually obvious from their name, but there's no need to force people to draw extra attention to it—introducing myself with "Hi, I'm Randall." sends a different message from "Hi, I'm Randall, and I'm a MAN."

I don't think making this option mandatory is a significant cause of the major Google+ early-adopter gender split, but if you're worried about how few female users your project has, marginalizing their potential worries on your introductory screen doesn't seem very bright.

There are reasons Google+ might want your gender. For one thing, the interface may need to use pronouns, and in some languages there's no way to avoid this. We have a chat-bot in the #xkcd IRC channel which serves as a repository of user nonsense. At some point, we decided to program in the ability to use pronouns, and it was surprisingly complicated:

http://wiki.xkcd.com/irc/Bucket_Gender

Now, I went out of my way to support the various options for referral that users asked for (although I drew the line at recently-invented pronouns like "xir"). But even covering the basics in English is tricky, and the situation gets more so in languages like Hebrew. (It looks like Google+ punts on that issue by making all "other" users male in all languages, which is a can of worms in itself.) Yet none of the linguistic issues mean you have to make gender a broadcasted part of the user's profile.

They also (obviously) want to know more about you so they can serve ads; advertisers care about gender. But again, that's no reason to make gender public.

The "other" option is nice, but I don't really feel comfortable setting my gender as "other". There are a huge number of people whose gender is actually best-described as "other", and they come in astonishing variety, even if you set aside the issue of social gender and just ask about biology. This article has a fascinating list of eleven particularly tricky situations that lead to someone having no easy-to-agree-on biological sex:

http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Essays/marriage.html

There are quite a few people who are accurately described by an "other" option, and when they're sometimes struggling for recognition, co-opting their label for anyone who doesn't want to broadcast their gender seems a little off-putting.

The bottom line is that there are a lot of reasons Google+ would want to ask about your gender. But there's no good reason to pointedly make it the only thing in your profile that can't be private—and many reasons not to, starting with basic courtesy. It may be a small issue in the grand scheme of things, but I think it's worth getting right.

(P.S. I know I post a lot about interface quibbles and feature suggestions—and I do use the feedback button heavily—but I don't want to give the impression I'm generally unhappy with Google+. Fundamentally, I really like this system, which makes me want to tweak things in this early-adopter period so it will be as well-designed as possible, so it will survive and be around for me to use for a long time.)___

2011-07-07 18:51:17 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Just posted this on +Mike Butcher post Hey Mike Butcher congrats for finally writing that post! It's excellent, you are absolutely right in many ways and most of the examples you spoke about (Angry Birds, Withings and yes, even Tweetdeck!) spoke at LeWeb.

Andrew Keen definitely made me look more controversial than I really am, you know I love Europe and European entrepreneurs, that's why I do LeWeb every year, and I think it helps Europe.

You are obviously welcome, like every year, at LeWeb, no question, and you can say whatever you like about what I do and Seesmic, you will always be welcome and my friend. I have huge respect for Tweetdeck and congratulated Iain myself many times on Twitter.

I organize LeWeb with my wife Geraldine since 2004 because we want to help European startups, and when you see me provocative with clones for example, it is because I... more »

Just posted this on +Mike Butcher post Hey Mike Butcher congrats for finally writing that post! It's excellent, you are absolutely right in many ways and most of the examples you spoke about (Angry Birds, Withings and yes, even Tweetdeck!) spoke at LeWeb.

Andrew Keen definitely made me look more controversial than I really am, you know I love Europe and European entrepreneurs, that's why I do LeWeb every year, and I think it helps Europe.

You are obviously welcome, like every year, at LeWeb, no question, and you can say whatever you like about what I do and Seesmic, you will always be welcome and my friend. I have huge respect for Tweetdeck and congratulated Iain myself many times on Twitter.

I organize LeWeb with my wife Geraldine since 2004 because we want to help European startups, and when you see me provocative with clones for example, it is because I actually want europeans to succeed and not clone anymore.

You are right, Europe is changing, and it's great, we got 500+ startups to apply for our LeWeb startup competition last year, a highest ever, higher than many conferences in the US get, that's a clear sign.

Keep it up Mike, you are a great euro-defender. I have moved 4 years ago to Silicon Valley btw, and I come back nearly every month, so I somehow keep my roots (and love for european entrepreneurs).

Just ask how many european entrepreneurs found an idea, raised funds, did a successful partnership or even sold their company, from a contact at LeWeb.___

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2011-07-07 14:53:11 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

http://unrealitymag.com/index.php/2011/07/07/21-awesome-shots-of-celebrities-hanging-out-together/

http://unrealitymag.com/index.php/2011/07/07/21-awesome-shots-of-celebrities-hanging-out-together/___

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2011-07-06 11:45:25 (11 comments, 22 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

From me at TechCrunch:

"The aptly named Move2Picasa.com website lets you connect to your Facebook account, after which all your Facebook photos and albums will automatically be migrated over to Google’s Picasa service. Note: sans captions, comments and whatnot."

http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/06/how-to-move-your-facebook-photos-to-picasa-soon-google-photos-in-a-flash/

From me at TechCrunch:

"The aptly named Move2Picasa.com website lets you connect to your Facebook account, after which all your Facebook photos and albums will automatically be migrated over to Google’s Picasa service. Note: sans captions, comments and whatnot."

http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/06/how-to-move-your-facebook-photos-to-picasa-soon-google-photos-in-a-flash/___

2011-07-05 15:37:25 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

To paraphrase Mark Zuckerberg, it is too soon to know what Google+ is. But I've been trying to imagine how it will and won't be useful to news. You should add rock salt to anything I say, as I thought Google Wave would be an important journalistic tool. With that in mind, a few opening thoughts:

* Google+ likely won't be good for live coverage of breaking events because its algorithm messes with the reverse chronology, promoting old posts when they get new comments. It doesn't favor the latest the way Twitter and liveblogging do and live news is all about the latest. I don't see Andy Carvin making the switch.

(I've wished that I could have the option to get a stream only of newly submitted posts. Many have complained about the promoting of too much old stuff. Sergey Brin said on G+ yesterday that they've tweaked the algorithm to give less weight to... more »

To paraphrase Mark Zuckerberg, it is too soon to know what Google+ is. But I've been trying to imagine how it will and won't be useful to news. You should add rock salt to anything I say, as I thought Google Wave would be an important journalistic tool. With that in mind, a few opening thoughts:

* Google+ likely won't be good for live coverage of breaking events because its algorithm messes with the reverse chronology, promoting old posts when they get new comments. It doesn't favor the latest the way Twitter and liveblogging do and live news is all about the latest. I don't see Andy Carvin making the switch.

(I've wished that I could have the option to get a stream only of newly submitted posts. Many have complained about the promoting of too much old stuff. Sergey Brin said on G+ yesterday that they've tweaked the algorithm to give less weight to comments from people you don't follow.)

* G+ should be good for collaboration on reporting. When I ask a question, the answers appear with my question and subsequent responders can improve on earlier answers. With Circles, I can focus my questions on a specific group (e.g., VCs) and can benefit when their circles see their interaction with me -- so long as I am not fool enough to disable sharing.

* If Google gets its synergistic act together and incorporates Google Docs -- and some of the tricks from Wave -- into G+, then this could be a very good collaboration tool for communities to gather together and share what they know. That's the basis for news.

* G+ will be good for promoting content. The service isn't yet open and I have <strike>almost</strike> more than 7,000 followers. Memes spread quickly on G+, but because of its time-bending algorithm, they also last longer if they spark conversation -- that's its plus side (no pun intended). Automated spewing of headlines likely won't be effective, but conversing will.

* I see a big problem in the G+ restriction of one link per post. I find that sadly ironic. G+ is a service for sharing and links are the essence of responsible sharing, revealing the provenance of facts and giving credit. A blog post is a better vehicle for a well-sourced, well-linked post.

* G+'s identities likely won't be as reliable as Facebook's, as it is easy to create an account and identity on there are not the social pressures for authenticity. Then again, people will invest in their Google profiles, especially as they become more prominent in search (see what Google is doing with authors, broadly defined; I'm one of them in the test). I'm still trying to get my head around the play on identity among Google, Facebook, Twitter, and players yet to join in.

* G+ may be a good place to find photos from news, depending on whether witnesses favor putting them there or on Twitter or on Facebook or on Flickr and how well Google does at making them searchable.

I see that we will have to teach Google Plus at my J-school. Especially at the start, it will be valuable to have students brainstorm how they could use it. That's the way journalists should approach every promising new tool.

What do you think G+'s uses are for news?

P.S. I had to take links out of this post here because of the one-link limitation. Grrrr. The links are in my old-fashioned blog post below.

Another interesting difference strikes me as I cross-post this: G+ doesn't make us write headlines. Blogs do. Twitter does. Not G+.___

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2011-07-05 13:58:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2011-07-04 21:37:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I'd love to see the Blogger.com team support Circles for blog posts and comments on blog posts.

I'd love to see the Blogger.com team support Circles for blog posts and comments on blog posts.___

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2011-07-04 10:09:08 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I just posted the secret 10 step guide to being the best social networker you can be. This works for Google+, Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, Google Reader, Google Buzz, or any other network in which you get the chance to interact with people. But do keep it to yourself and don't share or else we won't be able to weed out anyone!

I just posted the secret 10 step guide to being the best social networker you can be. This works for Google+, Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, Google Reader, Google Buzz, or any other network in which you get the chance to interact with people. But do keep it to yourself and don't share or else we won't be able to weed out anyone!___

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2011-07-02 11:50:53 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This smartphone ad is currently running in Japan. Catchy :)

This smartphone ad is currently running in Japan. Catchy :)___

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2011-06-30 16:56:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Our show this week is a look at Google+ with guests +Vic Gundotra and +Bradley Horowitz of Google, plus hosts +Gina Trapani and Jeff Jarvis.

Our show this week is a look at Google+ with guests +Vic Gundotra and +Bradley Horowitz of Google, plus hosts +Gina Trapani and Jeff Jarvis.___

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2011-06-30 15:17:34 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Want A Google+ Invite Real Bad? Try eBay :)

http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/30/want-a-google-invite-real-bad-try-ebay/

Want A Google+ Invite Real Bad? Try eBay :)

http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/30/want-a-google-invite-real-bad-try-ebay/___

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2011-06-30 11:16:00 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Sweet.

Sweet.___

2011-06-30 10:03:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Wait, where did the FT link I just shared go? #vanished

Wait, where did the FT link I just shared go? #vanished___

2011-06-30 09:49:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I hope G+ opens up soon because I'm getting way too many invite requests. From the same people who would quickly complain that it has bugs :)

I hope G+ opens up soon because I'm getting way too many invite requests. From the same people who would quickly complain that it has bugs :)___

2011-06-29 08:45:32 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Interesting that Google decided to replace @ with + when you want to mention someone. e.g +Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten . Anyone know why?

Interesting that Google decided to replace @ with + when you want to mention someone. e.g +Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten . Anyone know why?___

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2011-06-29 08:17:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Test. 1, 2, 3 test. Is this thing on?

Test. 1, 2, 3 test. Is this thing on?___

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