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Eileen O'Duffy

Eileen O'Duffy 

Flying the flag for Ireland on G+

Occupation: Digital Education, Media and Marketing Consultant

Followers: 27,598

Cream of the Crop: 05/26/2012

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Eileen O'Duffy has been at 12 events

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Oleg Moskalensky10,082I'll be joined by @115620878851836664537, yes that same #semanticsearch  @115620878851836664537, only this time we'll discuss  managing multiple identities on Google+, as well as David's new book *_Google+ Hangouts for Business_*.Erecting Semantic Density with David Amerland2014-04-10 19:00:0018  
Ronnie Bincer115,180*Identifying Influencers with NOD3x* *Monday, March 24th* -http://www.NOD3x.com Dive into data mining with @100034828195835575273 from @108883357423682942734 to learn how this powerful tool can be used to identify influencers across Google+, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube based on keywords and hashtags and how Klout, Kred and PeerIndex are being used along with NOD3x to measure influence. Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvRWEagxJ5M *The NOD3x Dashboard training:* http://goo.gl/W67Iec Find additional Training help for NOD3x here http://www.snaphix.com Christine & Ronnie launched *Influence Marketing Tools N' Techniques* aka #TNTBootcamp to an audience of over 300 who were eager to learn to identify and engage with key influencers on Google Plus and to understand how to "get on the radar" themselves. Click here to watch the first episode in the series and to read the recaps put together by several of the audience members:http://bit.ly/MhiA4x _Upcoming Shows in the Series_ *Monday, April 7th* A review of the tools covered to date and an introduction to the second part of our series, the techniques of influence marketing. Christine & Ronnie will interview several influencers to get their perspective on how relationships are built on Google Plus and to understand which techniques work and why. *_Influencer Feedback - The Next set of events* will feature suggested techniques when reaching out to influencers. Stories of the good and bad ways people have done so._ *Monday, April 21st* An interview with: @115620878851836664537  *Monday, May 5th* An interview with: @113690073826160821557 *Monday, May 19th* An interview with: @107022061436866576067 _Previous Episodes_ *Series Kickoff Overview*: http://bit.ly/MhiA4x @111487545374003509241: http://bit.ly/1eOmIol @109096245971703802400: http://bit.ly/1k6hBSM @116266498226740184904: http://bit.ly/1lpAQo0  #TNTBootcamp airs on the 1st & 3rd Mondays each month at 11:30am PST / 2:30pm EST. === === #SocialMediaMarketing #InfluencerMarketing #GooglePlusTips #DataMining#TNTBootcamp Influence Marketing Tools N' Techniques - NOD3x Focus2014-03-24 19:30:00236  
Ireland12,979Ireland, only 5 million people live here but 70 million call it home. Wherever you are in the world this St. Patrick’s Day, be proud.  Join us here in Ireland on G+ for St Patrick’s Day. Share your photos and events from all over Ireland and around the world with us. Everybody can be Irish on St Patrick’s Day :-)   #StPatricksDay2014    #IrelandInspiresSt Patrick's Day 20142014-03-17 10:00:00218  
UK Photography Community362,808The +UK Photography Community  cordially invites you to take part in a celebration of *SUMMER “Blink and you'll miss it”SUMMER visits the UK*. Photographed in United Kingdom, the Whole of Ireland & Crown Dependencies, shared by professional and non-professional photographers - no exclusions. DISCLAIMER: By entering your image into this event you give UKPC permission to feature your image (if chosen) within our page banner. Please visit out *About* page for more details. WHAT TO POST: - please *do not* post all images in one go: spread them out - the image *must* fit the theme! - a maximum entry of !!!!  *THREE*   !!!!! images per person - image *must* have been taken in UK or Crown Dependencies - image *must be your own* and you must own the copyright - software manipulation *is* permitted, e.g. creating a reflection - images taken prior to the event *are* permitted for this event - please *add a comment* to the image, re location and relevance to UK - you *can* include links in your comments to profile / website / elsewhere - *anyone* in the world can post an image - you *must* have circled the +UK Photography Community  - if you're stuck or have other questions, just post a question on the event! YOU WILL BE REMOVED / SHAMED / BLOCKED IF YOU: - post more than 3 images - post anything off topic or non-UK/ Ireland / Crown Dependencies - fail to add the location                  WHEN TO POST & START/END TIMES When the event starts a red button titled 'Add Photo' will appear at the top. You can either select and add a photo from your existing albums or upload a new one directly to the event from your computer. There is no opportunity to add any text at the time you post, so you would add the additional info as a comment under your image. Your image should be close to the top of the stream depending how busy it is and how many people are posting images :O)) OTHER INFO - For a definition of Crown Dependencies, please see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_dependencies HOW TO JOIN THE UKPC COMMUNITY Please visit +UK Photography Community *ABOUT* page for details. If you are not based in the UK and would like to follow our posts, please add us to your circles :O))  We are looking forward to seeing your images  :O)) Best Wishes from the +UK Photography Community admin team!SUMMER “Blink and you'll miss it” ... SUMMER visits the UK2013-07-23 20:00:00117  
Eileen O'Duffy27,598In 2006, the National Geographic Traveller magazine described the Dingle Peninsula as "the most beautiful place on Earth" Join us for #PhotowalkDingle, everybody is welcome.  *11am* Meet at The Stone House Cafe & Restaurant adjacent to Dún Beag Fort.   (Directions: From Dingle town take the Slea Head Drive (R559), past Ventry Village and straight on for approx. 6km, until you reach the village of Fahan. You will see signs for Dún Beag Fort Visitor Centre on your right. When numbers are confirmed we can look at car sharing from Dingle town)  Walk this particularly spectacular part of the Dingle Way as the trail skirts the base of Mount Eagle and at 160m above sea-level, the view over the Atlantic gradually starts to include the Blasket Islands. The trail rounds the shrine at Slea Head and continues on to Coumeenole Beach  Return walking by road .  Total distance 10 kms 5pm Benners Hotel Dingle town for refreshments.  Wear suitable walking gear and bring sunglasses, umbrellas, a packed lunch and drinking water.  *Plan B* if it is lashing rain: We continue in cars and stop at the parking stops at Slea Head and Coumeenole Beach before driving back to Dingle town to get a mixture of  indoor and outdoor shots between showers. Link to route Google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/uDgSv Information on the Dingle Way http://www.dingleway.com/trail-description/dingle-dunquin.php (NB we are only walking a small section of the Dingle Way)  Dingle Way Ordinance Survey maps http://www.irishtrails.ie/trail.aspx?id=11 Map of Dingle peninsula  http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/Penin_Map.htm Dún Beag Fort and the Stone House Café http://www.dunbegfort.com/location.htmlSlea Head Walk #PhotowalkDingle2013-06-29 12:00:0011  
Eileen O'Duffy27,598Hosted by @103094548474100353003  and @109466379342611092338  Meet at 11am visitors’ information sign opposite Londis supermarket in Ballyliffin village  Coastal walkway from Pollan Beach to Carrickabrahy Castle in the Isle of Doagh with the towering Donegal mountains on one side and the North Atlantic Ocean on the other   LENGTH – 9.5 km including the return journey (6 miles). http://www.visitballyliffin.com/default0d46.html?treeid=79 6pm The Strand Hotel  Ballyliffin Relax and unwind with food and drink A group of us are travelling up for the weekend and staying two nights in Ballyliffin. Accommodation in Ballyliffin http://www.visitballyliffin.com/accommodation.html Lochlann may have further suggestions for exploring the Inishowen Peninsula.  (Image source: www.treanhouse.com  )#PhotowalkDonegal Ballyliffin Coastal Walk2013-04-13 11:00:0021  
UK Photography Community362,808The +UK Photography Community  cordially invites you to take part in a celebration of 'BEAUTIFUL BRITISH BEACHES' photographed in United Kingdom & Crown Dependencies, shared by professional and non-professional photographers - no exclusions. DISCLAIMER: By entering your image into this event you give UKPC permission to feature your image (if chosen) within our page banner. Please visit out *About* page for more details. WHAT TO POST: - goes without saying that the image *must* fit the theme! - a maximum entry of !!!!  *THREE*   !!!!! images per person - image *must* have been taken in UK or Crown Dependencies - image *must be your own* and you must own the copyright - software manipulation *is* permitted, e.g. creating a reflection - images taken prior to the event *are* permitted for this event - please *do not* post all images in one go: spread them out - please *add a comment* to the image, re location and relevance to UK - you *can* include links in your comments to profile / website / elsewhere - *anyone* in the world can post an image - you *must* have circled the +UK Photography Community  - if you're stuck or have other questions, just post a question on the event! YOU WILL BE REMOVED / SHAMED / BLOCKED IF YOU: - post more than 3 images - post anything off topic or non-UK / Crown Dependencies - fail to add the location                  WHEN TO POST & START/END TIMES This event will run from Sunday 24th March 2013 to midnight Wednesday 27th March 2013. When the event starts a red button titled 'Add Photo' will appear at the top. You can either select and add a photo from your existing albums or upload a new one directly to the event from your computer. There is no opportunity to add any text at the time you post, so you would add the additional info as a comment under your image. Your image should be close to the top of the stream depending how busy it is and how many people are posting images :O)) OTHER INFO - Please consider mapping the location of your image via +PlusPhotoMap  - For a definition of Crown Dependencies, please see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_dependencies HOW TO JOIN THE UKPC COMMUNITY Please visit +UK Photography Community *ABOUT* page for details. If you are not based in the UK and would like to follow our posts, please add us to your circles :O))  We are looking forward to seeing your images  :O)) Best Wishes from the +UK Photography Community  mod team! +Raya Ozruso-Cottrell +Louise Burrows  +Mathew Hanley +Gerard Charnley +Andy Burke +Stuart Dyckhoff +Shaun Stewart +John LeFebvre +Lee Black +Heidi Anne Morris BEAUTIFUL BRITISH BEACHES2013-03-24 12:00:0057  
Ireland12,979Join us here in Ireland on G+ for St Patrick’s Day. Share your photos and events from all over Ireland and around the world with us. Everybody can be Irish on St Patrick’s Day :-) (Image source St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin news1.ghananation.com )St Patrick’s Day in Ireland #StPatricksDay2013-03-17 13:00:00411  
Brian Herron1,934The formerly postponed Brew Day is back! Get hands on with hops, become a master of malt and learn about the craft and passion that goes into artisanal brewing.  We’ll be throwing open the doors to the stunning Ocean’s Eleven café at Google Docks on Barrow st to an exclusive group of lucky Google+ users.  We’ll be joined both in person and over Google+ Hangout by some of the finest Irish and international brewers who’ll lead us on over the course of two hours on a beer tasting odyssey. We'll be announcing the participants over the course of the next week.  The event is free and open to all Google+ Local users but places will be limited and priority will be given to the first 20 people who complete 15 reviews on Google+ Local. Don’t forget to share your reviews with me, so that you get credit for them! Please make sure that you RSVP using this form: http://goo.gl/T1Dvz Otherwise we won’t be able to send out the invite! Need inspiration? Why not rate your favourite bars for grabbing a special brew? You can get started here: plus.google.com/localBrew Day! Craft beer @ Google2012-11-22 19:30:0031  
Ireland12,979*Paint the town black Arthur’s Day 27-09-12*       #Ireland   #ArthursDay2012 #Guinness #reviewsday #Google +Local Where will you be sinking the black? Join us here in +Ireland  and  let us know where you are celebrating Arthur’s Day 2012. For more information on local events in Ireland http://www.guinness.com/en-ie/arthursday/index.htmlPaint the town black Arthur’s Day 27-09-122012-09-27 17:00:0010  
Eileen O'Duffy27,598*G+ Photowalk Dalkey*   #PhotowalkDalkey   #Ireland #Dalkey  #Dublin I’m hosting the first ever #PhotoWalk Dalkey with the help of @113686253941057080055 and @111100912907530049099  Dalkey is one of the most picturesque towns in Ireland (nay, in the world!) so we are guaranteed to have a good time, whatever the weather…… *Everybody is welcome, please spread the word* Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along a phone/camera and an umbrella *Itinerary* 11.30 Meet up at Sandycove DART station • Newtownsmith Promenade • The Forty Foot • James Joyce Tower • Bullock Harbour  1pm-2pm  Dalkey Village Time to walk around the village, explore the Heritage Centre at Dalkey Castle, drink coffee/eat light lunch in one of the many restaurants in the village 2pm Killiney Hill (yes, it’s worth the 20 minute walk to the back of Kiliiney Hill to get the most stunning views of Dublin Bay ) • Killiney Hill • Cats Ladder • Vico Road • Whiterock Beach • Sorrento Park • Dylan’s Park • Coliemore Harbour 6pm Finnegans Pub  Pints with the locals G+ Photowalk Dalkey2012-09-22 11:30:0053  
Brian Herron1,934Google+ Local goes All-American for a Notre Dame v Navy American Football party. *Join us for beers and buffalo wings* to watch this historic match!  Navy and Notre Dame haven't faced each other in Ireland since 1996, and this game at the Aviva – presented by The Gathering – couldn't be any more sold out. But that won't stop us celebrating the hell out of a glorious day in Irish/American international relations in front of the telly. *Join me (Google's Dublin Community Manager) at kick off and grab a beer and some bites on us.* *Best of all, it's free for Google+ Local users!*  All you have to do to guarantee a spot is review 10 new Dublin spots on Google+ Local – just visit this form to tell us you're in: http://goo.gl/mbbyi Places are *very* limited, so once you've done a new review share it with me to book your spot.  Need to know more about how Google+ Local works? Follow this link: plus.google.com/localHUDDLE! Notre Dame v Navy Happy Hour2012-09-01 14:00:008  

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2016-06-28 20:23:51 (133 comments; 6 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

G+ is 5 years old –what went so wrong? #Gplus5 #GExit ?
50% of the people I follow haven’t posted in the last 3 months, many have deleted their accounts.
I can still remember the excitement when we first started the beta testing. Here was a truly new and original social network, a genuinely social network so different to everything else out there. Facebook was about chatting to your family and close friends and sharing photos and checkins, birthdays and holidays, LinkedIn was about sharing professional achievements and publishing work posts that nobody read or had any interest in reading. In theory Twitter was similar to G+ where the majority of people shared links for discussion, but a 140 character limit meant there was never any discussion and it was all just about retweeting. Yes, G+ was so exciting and so different and the first social network where people could find otherpeo... more »

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2015-11-22 11:45:17 (10 comments; 13 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

Wish you were here?   #Postcards  #JohnHinde #Photography
I stumbled upon this absolute gem of an article by Edmund Nägele, a photographer who worked with John Hinde in his Bullock Harbour studio in Dalkey back in 1968 http://nagelestock.com/uk/Stockphotochat/postcard.htm
“No PhotoShop in those days, only skilled Milanese Signores who would change colours, follow the scribble ‘make new sky’ to the letter and insert the perfect holiday wish. They would eagerly remove objects of lesser desire; telephone posts and TV-aerials scored especially high. More desirable items included people and cars, thus the scribbles became frantic: ‘make jumper red’ and ‘change colour of car to yellow’. Why red or yellow? Simple, it made the finished cards stand out on the rotating wooden display stands and make our competitors tear out their hair. It would take some 6 months before the printedcolour proofs we... more »

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2016-06-28 20:23:51 (133 comments; 6 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

G+ is 5 years old –what went so wrong? #Gplus5 #GExit ?
50% of the people I follow haven’t posted in the last 3 months, many have deleted their accounts.
I can still remember the excitement when we first started the beta testing. Here was a truly new and original social network, a genuinely social network so different to everything else out there. Facebook was about chatting to your family and close friends and sharing photos and checkins, birthdays and holidays, LinkedIn was about sharing professional achievements and publishing work posts that nobody read or had any interest in reading. In theory Twitter was similar to G+ where the majority of people shared links for discussion, but a 140 character limit meant there was never any discussion and it was all just about retweeting. Yes, G+ was so exciting and so different and the first social network where people could find otherpeo... more »

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2017-04-15 14:09:10 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

I'm a tourist today 😀

I'm a tourist today 😀___

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2017-03-15 22:08:07 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Happy St Patrick’s Day and not Patty!
Sorry if I seem to be a bit absent and a bit lax. The latest Google interface is a total mess, I can’t even see the community sections unless I shrink my screen to 25%, (the new UI is designed for mobile only) nor can I see posts that need to be moderated and checked. We have never had an issue with spam in this community over several years, but in the last few weeks there are literally hundreds of spam posts. (Why? What’s going on Google?) Again the new UI is appalling, I have to check each post individually, if I ban somebody I still have to trawl through all of their posts and delete them individually.
Let’s try and be patient and see if things sort out. And Happy St Patrick’s Day everybody and no Patty please :-D
c/c +Denis Hickey +Andrew Byrne +Pat Higgins

Happy St Patrick’s Day and not Patty!
Sorry if I seem to be a bit absent and a bit lax. The latest Google interface is a total mess, I can’t even see the community sections unless I shrink my screen to 25%, (the new UI is designed for mobile only) nor can I see posts that need to be moderated and checked. We have never had an issue with spam in this community over several years, but in the last few weeks there are literally hundreds of spam posts. (Why? What’s going on Google?) Again the new UI is appalling, I have to check each post individually, if I ban somebody I still have to trawl through all of their posts and delete them individually.
Let’s try and be patient and see if things sort out. And Happy St Patrick’s Day everybody and no Patty please :-D
c/c +Denis Hickey +Andrew Byrne +Pat Higgins___

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2017-01-18 22:05:27 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Anybody else fed up with LinkedIn changes? #LinkedIn
That’s a screengrab from the LinkedIn Pulse News feed. There’s nothing else happening, just a confused looking woman staring at her phone. I really liked the Pulse news feed and used it regularly. Since Microsoft have taken over LI they have messed up the interface, Microsoft just don’t get social and I guess I am that confused woman now…

Anybody else fed up with LinkedIn changes? #LinkedIn
That’s a screengrab from the LinkedIn Pulse News feed. There’s nothing else happening, just a confused looking woman staring at her phone. I really liked the Pulse news feed and used it regularly. Since Microsoft have taken over LI they have messed up the interface, Microsoft just don’t get social and I guess I am that confused woman now…___

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2017-01-07 11:07:47 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

“This development could be taken from the Costa del Sol. It’s not Irish seaside architecture… We are looking at not a site; we are looking at a piece of history,” #SaveBulloch

“This development could be taken from the Costa del Sol. It’s not Irish seaside architecture… We are looking at not a site; we are looking at a piece of history,” #SaveBulloch___

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2016-12-21 21:55:41 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

All you ever wanted to know about Personalization but were afraid to ask!
+Audrey Watters  does not mince her words as she describes ‘personalized test prep’ and ‘personalized CliffNotes’ and the like:
“These two examples highlight quite well the mental gymnastics necessary to believe that a ‘personalized’ product is actually personalized. This isn’t about a student pursuing her own curiosity – the topics covered by both CliffNotes and standardized tests are utterly constrained. Personalization is not about the personal; it does not involve students controlling the direction or depth of their inquiry. It’s just the latest way to describe what B. F. Skinner called ‘programmed instruction’ back in the 1950s.” #EdTech

All you ever wanted to know about Personalization but were afraid to ask!
+Audrey Watters  does not mince her words as she describes ‘personalized test prep’ and ‘personalized CliffNotes’ and the like:
“These two examples highlight quite well the mental gymnastics necessary to believe that a ‘personalized’ product is actually personalized. This isn’t about a student pursuing her own curiosity – the topics covered by both CliffNotes and standardized tests are utterly constrained. Personalization is not about the personal; it does not involve students controlling the direction or depth of their inquiry. It’s just the latest way to describe what B. F. Skinner called ‘programmed instruction’ back in the 1950s.” #EdTech___

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2016-12-11 20:28:56 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Calling all community members from Dublin or indeed any Irish community members who care about preserving our natural and beautiful heritage, please take some time to read over the plans for Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, my local harbour.
“These units will be sold for a very high price and will have a significant visual impact on a public amenity and a beauty spot. I think they could have tried harder to design some beautiful buildings to fit a beautiful location.” #SaveBullochHarbour  

Calling all community members from Dublin or indeed any Irish community members who care about preserving our natural and beautiful heritage, please take some time to read over the plans for Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, my local harbour.
“These units will be sold for a very high price and will have a significant visual impact on a public amenity and a beauty spot. I think they could have tried harder to design some beautiful buildings to fit a beautiful location.” #SaveBullochHarbour  ___

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2016-11-27 14:12:36 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

At last, an article pointing out that it is we who are responsible for sharing fake news and not Facebook/Google/Take your pick to blame. #FactCheck #FilterBubble
“Algorithms function by customizing the stream to fit a user’s particular interests. The content in my stream is a direct product of the people I’ve friended, the various bits of content I’ve liked and engaged, and other activity I’ve displayed for the network. If anyone is responsible for the content on my stream, it’s me.”
Thanks +George Station and happy you are in my bubble :-)

At last, an article pointing out that it is we who are responsible for sharing fake news and not Facebook/Google/Take your pick to blame. #FactCheck #FilterBubble
“Algorithms function by customizing the stream to fit a user’s particular interests. The content in my stream is a direct product of the people I’ve friended, the various bits of content I’ve liked and engaged, and other activity I’ve displayed for the network. If anyone is responsible for the content on my stream, it’s me.”
Thanks +George Station and happy you are in my bubble :-)___

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2016-11-13 10:04:21 (11 comments; 8 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Salty air retreat on the Wild Atlantic Way 

Salty air retreat on the Wild Atlantic Way ___

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2016-10-31 13:38:36 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Happy Halloween #Halloween #Samhain #Ireland
Snap-Apple Night painted by Irish artist Daniel Maclise in 1833 was inspired by a Halloween party he attended in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The caption in the first exhibit catalogue:
There Peggy was dancing with Dan
While Maureen the lead was melting,
To prove how their fortunes ran
With the Cards could Nancy dealt in;
There was Kate, and her sweet-heart Will,
In nuts their true-love burning,
And poor Norah, though smiling still
She'd missed the snap-apple turning.
On the Festival of Hallow Eve

Happy Halloween #Halloween #Samhain #Ireland
Snap-Apple Night painted by Irish artist Daniel Maclise in 1833 was inspired by a Halloween party he attended in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The caption in the first exhibit catalogue:
There Peggy was dancing with Dan
While Maureen the lead was melting,
To prove how their fortunes ran
With the Cards could Nancy dealt in;
There was Kate, and her sweet-heart Will,
In nuts their true-love burning,
And poor Norah, though smiling still
She'd missed the snap-apple turning.
On the Festival of Hallow Eve___

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2016-10-28 16:13:30 (12 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Along Home Shores #Ireland #Coast #Aquatherapy
Hats off to Bobby Kerr, Ireland’s beautiful coast at its best. Episode 1 features The Forty Foot at Sandycove and the 365 swimmers including +Gillian Mills 
http://player.utv.ie/programme/along-home-shores/492986

Along Home Shores #Ireland #Coast #Aquatherapy
Hats off to Bobby Kerr, Ireland’s beautiful coast at its best. Episode 1 features The Forty Foot at Sandycove and the 365 swimmers including +Gillian Mills 
http://player.utv.ie/programme/along-home-shores/492986___

2016-10-20 20:05:04 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Can I pick the brains here in the community? I’m doing some research at the moment on Formative Assessment tools. Many seem fairly basic with the usual quizzes/multiple choice/drag and drop. Who’s using what? Is there anything great out there that I’m missing? Is Google Forms any good? I’d really appreciate any inputs and feedback.

Can I pick the brains here in the community? I’m doing some research at the moment on Formative Assessment tools. Many seem fairly basic with the usual quizzes/multiple choice/drag and drop. Who’s using what? Is there anything great out there that I’m missing? Is Google Forms any good? I’d really appreciate any inputs and feedback.___

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2016-08-16 19:28:57 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

A Soak with a View #Seaweed #Connemara
It’s hard to beat a view of Killary Hatbour from your bathtub!
http://connemaraseaweedbaths.com


A Soak with a View #Seaweed #Connemara
It’s hard to beat a view of Killary Hatbour from your bathtub!
http://connemaraseaweedbaths.com
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2016-08-09 16:16:53 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

Far from the Madding Crowd ...#Inisbofin 

Far from the Madding Crowd ...#Inisbofin ___

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2016-07-24 20:17:02 (19 comments; 3 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

The Epic East –more like the east on ecstasy #Sensoryoverload #epiceast
So disappointed with the first episode of The Epic East. Talk about trying to push anything and everything that isn’t the Wild Atlantic Way into the east. In one episode we were introduced to 17 counties that are not on the west coast, (yes, east, north, south and midlands!) Hills of Tara and Slane (rock concerts and druids), Boyne Valley, Louth, Monaghan and Cavan, St Patricks’ Day (and what does it mean to be Irish anyway? DNA tests), solstices and sunrises, Paddy Kavanagh and Oliver Callan, numerous trad begorrah Irish festivals and a ‘background’ sound track that pounded at full volume and drowned out all conversations and commentary.
I love Ireland and try and do anything I can to promote my beautiful country. I really enjoyed John Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way series but can we get some sense of focuson the east... more »

The Epic East –more like the east on ecstasy #Sensoryoverload #epiceast
So disappointed with the first episode of The Epic East. Talk about trying to push anything and everything that isn’t the Wild Atlantic Way into the east. In one episode we were introduced to 17 counties that are not on the west coast, (yes, east, north, south and midlands!) Hills of Tara and Slane (rock concerts and druids), Boyne Valley, Louth, Monaghan and Cavan, St Patricks’ Day (and what does it mean to be Irish anyway? DNA tests), solstices and sunrises, Paddy Kavanagh and Oliver Callan, numerous trad begorrah Irish festivals and a ‘background’ sound track that pounded at full volume and drowned out all conversations and commentary.
I love Ireland and try and do anything I can to promote my beautiful country. I really enjoyed John Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way series but can we get some sense of focus on the east coast?
This wasn’t the epic east, more like the east on ecstasy.___

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2016-06-28 20:23:51 (133 comments; 6 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

G+ is 5 years old –what went so wrong? #Gplus5 #GExit ?
50% of the people I follow haven’t posted in the last 3 months, many have deleted their accounts.
I can still remember the excitement when we first started the beta testing. Here was a truly new and original social network, a genuinely social network so different to everything else out there. Facebook was about chatting to your family and close friends and sharing photos and checkins, birthdays and holidays, LinkedIn was about sharing professional achievements and publishing work posts that nobody read or had any interest in reading. In theory Twitter was similar to G+ where the majority of people shared links for discussion, but a 140 character limit meant there was never any discussion and it was all just about retweeting. Yes, G+ was so exciting and so different and the first social network where people could find otherpeo... more »

G+ is 5 years old –what went so wrong? #Gplus5 #GExit ?
50% of the people I follow haven’t posted in the last 3 months, many have deleted their accounts.
I can still remember the excitement when we first started the beta testing. Here was a truly new and original social network, a genuinely social network so different to everything else out there. Facebook was about chatting to your family and close friends and sharing photos and checkins, birthdays and holidays, LinkedIn was about sharing professional achievements and publishing work posts that nobody read or had any interest in reading. In theory Twitter was similar to G+ where the majority of people shared links for discussion, but a 140 character limit meant there was never any discussion and it was all just about retweeting. Yes, G+ was so exciting and so different and the first social network where people could find other people based on similar interests and discuss and debate.
On a more local level, I set up the +Ireland page and community and for the first three years we had a heyday with photowalks from the top of Ireland in Malin Head right down the coast to the bottom in Mizen Head. We met online and shared our stories and our photos and we met in real life. We had many visitors joining us from over the pond and flying over from the US to meet in person and it was fabulous. There are now just a handful of Irish people using G+.
So what went so wrong?
Messy and non-intuitive interface The main feedback I’m getting is that Google messed and dabbled too often with the interface and it was never easy or intuitive to use. Sending a private/limited message or using a hangout seemed to require a constant team of ‘expert’ people and tutorials to keep people in the loop. This is fine and dandy for a few weeks but not when it continues for 5 years! In addition, the features kept changing far too often: first the big emphasis on Circles, then Communities, Collections and now Spaces People got fed up trying to keep up with the latest whims.
Google recommendations From day one Google decided who and what they deemed worth seeing and this is essentially what ruined the platform. And people got fed up posting in a vacuum where very few people saw their posts, let alone reacted. It saddened me to see so many talented Irish photographers in particular and their posts were just floating in nowhere land with a handful of +1’s while other Google ‘celebrity’ photographers were featured on the Suggested User List (SUL) and often gained up to 3k new followers on a daily basis. On a more insidious level, the ‘What’s Hot’/Explore stream continues to feature stolen and fake photos. The algorithms seem to prioritise quantity over quality.
Yes, I still love G+, I’m still checking in on a daily basis myself and yes, there are still a handful of fantastic people posting really good information but where have the rest of them gone and why? Will G+ still be here this time next year?___

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2016-06-27 16:46:11 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey
Thanks +Stefan Schnebelt for coming to visit and really looking forward to seeing your photos!


Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey
Thanks +Stefan Schnebelt for coming to visit and really looking forward to seeing your photos!
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2016-06-24 15:58:30 (29 comments; 3 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Superb analysis and Owen Jones is correct, this is not just about the Brexit vote: “far greater social forces are at play. From Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, from Syriza in Greece to Podemos in Spain, from the Austrian far-right to the rise of the Scottish independence movement, this is an era of seething resentment against elites. That frustration is spilling out in all sorts of directions: new left movements, civic nationalism, anti-immigrant populism.”
And let’s not forget our own recent Irish ‘non election’ where a significant number of people voted for anybody and everybody except the established parties #Brexit
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/24/eu-referendum-working-class-revolt-grieve

Superb analysis and Owen Jones is correct, this is not just about the Brexit vote: “far greater social forces are at play. From Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, from Syriza in Greece to Podemos in Spain, from the Austrian far-right to the rise of the Scottish independence movement, this is an era of seething resentment against elites. That frustration is spilling out in all sorts of directions: new left movements, civic nationalism, anti-immigrant populism.”
And let’s not forget our own recent Irish ‘non election’ where a significant number of people voted for anybody and everybody except the established parties #Brexit
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/24/eu-referendum-working-class-revolt-grieve___

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2016-06-13 15:06:34 (18 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion http://thenextweb.com/2016/06/13/microsoft-acquires-linkedin-26b/
Big surprise here, wonder what’s in store? #LinkedIn #Microsoft

Update: The statement from Jeff Weiner CEO LinkedIn is well worth a read
“Massively scaling the reach and engagement of LinkedIn by using the network to power the social and identity layers of Microsoft's ecosystem of over one billion customers. Think about things like LinkedIn's graph interwoven throughout Outlook, Calendar, Active Directory, Office, Windows, Skype, Dynamics, Cortana, Bing and more. “ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-microsoft-changing-way-world-works-jeff-weiner
(Sounds a bit like the plans for Google and G+ 5 years ago?)



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Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion http://thenextweb.com/2016/06/13/microsoft-acquires-linkedin-26b/
Big surprise here, wonder what’s in store? #LinkedIn #Microsoft

Update: The statement from Jeff Weiner CEO LinkedIn is well worth a read
“Massively scaling the reach and engagement of LinkedIn by using the network to power the social and identity layers of Microsoft's ecosystem of over one billion customers. Think about things like LinkedIn's graph interwoven throughout Outlook, Calendar, Active Directory, Office, Windows, Skype, Dynamics, Cortana, Bing and more. “ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-microsoft-changing-way-world-works-jeff-weiner
(Sounds a bit like the plans for Google and G+ 5 years ago?)



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2016-05-21 11:02:13 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Tourlink Ireland wins 2nd place in Apps4Gaps 2016 Competition
Tourlink Ireland will be all you need when you travel to Ireland. This app has everything from things to do and sites to see to travel info for trains and city bikes. Tourlink can even find a wifi hotspot near you!
So proud of my nephew +Eoghan o'Duffy and his schoolmate Gareth Power. Well done guys, you do Ireland proud!
#VisitIreland #Apps4Gaps

Tourlink Ireland wins 2nd place in Apps4Gaps 2016 Competition
Tourlink Ireland will be all you need when you travel to Ireland. This app has everything from things to do and sites to see to travel info for trains and city bikes. Tourlink can even find a wifi hotspot near you!
So proud of my nephew +Eoghan o'Duffy and his schoolmate Gareth Power. Well done guys, you do Ireland proud!
#VisitIreland #Apps4Gaps___

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2016-05-02 20:39:59 (26 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Social networking is over #AntiSocialMedia
“Social networking is personal content. Social media is professional content……social networking is being outrun by a universe of professional attention-grabbers.”
Your best article to date +Mike Elgan and the one I have been trying to write myself for a while now. I too have been extremely frustrated with developments over the last two years or so: e.g. LinkedIn has become an absolute cesspool since self-publishing was introduced and promoted, and as expected, the emptiest vessels are making the most noise.  Facebook (yes indeed, the original social network) has become anything but a ‘social’ network’ where monetization is now key and paid for sponsored posts supersede status updates, this has alienated both the regular users and the small business pages who cannot afford to keep up with the big brands. And can somebody tell me how‘power users’ (... more »

Social networking is over #AntiSocialMedia
“Social networking is personal content. Social media is professional content……social networking is being outrun by a universe of professional attention-grabbers.”
Your best article to date +Mike Elgan and the one I have been trying to write myself for a while now. I too have been extremely frustrated with developments over the last two years or so: e.g. LinkedIn has become an absolute cesspool since self-publishing was introduced and promoted, and as expected, the emptiest vessels are making the most noise.  Facebook (yes indeed, the original social network) has become anything but a ‘social’ network’ where monetization is now key and paid for sponsored posts supersede status updates, this has alienated both the regular users and the small business pages who cannot afford to keep up with the big brands. And can somebody tell me how ‘power users’ (Oh, I despise this term) scheduling posts has anything to do with social behaviour? ___

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2016-04-20 11:05:09 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

On sunny days like these I think I’m living in paradise #Dalkey #Spring

On sunny days like these I think I’m living in paradise #Dalkey #Spring___

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2016-04-19 21:25:06 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

I’m just a G+ lurker at the moment! #AntiSocialMedia
I’m still loving G+ and tuning in every day to read the feed. I’m still getting most of the interesting news and views here on G+ from the people I have chosen to follow and thank you for posting. I’ve become a bit disillusioned with social media in general to be honest. It seems that what was meant to be open and good and social has been taken over by machines, tools, algorithms and commercial interests and has become very antisocial. I read an interesting article about Facebook recently and engagement and posts has dropped by over 20% (In my experience it is much higher) I’m not surprised as the News Feed has been almost totally dominated by paid sponsorship and advertising. This has alienated both the regular users who want to see status updates from friends and family and the SME business pages who don’t get a look in when theBIG BRANDS ... more »

I’m just a G+ lurker at the moment! #AntiSocialMedia
I’m still loving G+ and tuning in every day to read the feed. I’m still getting most of the interesting news and views here on G+ from the people I have chosen to follow and thank you for posting. I’ve become a bit disillusioned with social media in general to be honest. It seems that what was meant to be open and good and social has been taken over by machines, tools, algorithms and commercial interests and has become very antisocial. I read an interesting article about Facebook recently and engagement and posts has dropped by over 20% (In my experience it is much higher) I’m not surprised as the News Feed has been almost totally dominated by paid sponsorship and advertising. This has alienated both the regular users who want to see status updates from friends and family and the SME business pages who don’t get a look in when the BIG BRANDS are paying for space. LinkedIn has become a cesspool with Marketing people dominating and broadcasting all the time. And I really don’t like these TOOLS for scheduling your posts. I like real people in real time and not tools and machines.  I’ll continue lurking on G+ ….___

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2016-04-01 08:53:17 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

A brilliant and hilarious article on the murky world of start-ups 
“The offices bear a striking resemblance to the Montessori preschool that my kids attended: lots of bright basic colors, plenty of toys, and a nap room with a hammock and soothing palm tree murals on the wall….
Arriving here feels like landing on some remote island where a bunch of people have been living for years, in isolation, making up their own rules and rituals and religion and language—even, to some extent, inventing their own reality. This happens at all organizations, but for some reason tech startups seem to be especially prone to groupthink.”
(h/t   +Marc Schnau   )

A brilliant and hilarious article on the murky world of start-ups 
“The offices bear a striking resemblance to the Montessori preschool that my kids attended: lots of bright basic colors, plenty of toys, and a nap room with a hammock and soothing palm tree murals on the wall….
Arriving here feels like landing on some remote island where a bunch of people have been living for years, in isolation, making up their own rules and rituals and religion and language—even, to some extent, inventing their own reality. This happens at all organizations, but for some reason tech startups seem to be especially prone to groupthink.”
(h/t   +Marc Schnau   )___

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2016-03-27 11:09:51 (3 comments; 12 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Easter 1916 by W. B. Yeats #Easter1916
I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
Eighteenth-century houses.
I have passed with a nod of the head
Or polite meaningless words,
Or have lingered awhile and said
Polite meaningless words,
And thought before I had done
Of a mocking tale or a gibe
To please a companion
Around the fire at the club,
Being certain that they and I
But lived where motley is worn:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

That woman's days were spent
In ignorant good-will,
Her nights in argument
Until her voice grew shrill.
What voice more sweet than hers
When, young and beautiful,
She rode to harriers?
This man had kept a school
And rode our winged horse;
This other his helper and... more »

Easter 1916 by W. B. Yeats #Easter1916
I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
Eighteenth-century houses.
I have passed with a nod of the head
Or polite meaningless words,
Or have lingered awhile and said
Polite meaningless words,
And thought before I had done
Of a mocking tale or a gibe
To please a companion
Around the fire at the club,
Being certain that they and I
But lived where motley is worn:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

That woman's days were spent
In ignorant good-will,
Her nights in argument
Until her voice grew shrill.
What voice more sweet than hers
When, young and beautiful,
She rode to harriers?
This man had kept a school
And rode our winged horse;
This other his helper and friend
Was coming into his force;
He might have won fame in the end,
So sensitive his nature seemed,
So daring and sweet his thought.
This other man I had dreamed
A drunken, vainglorious lout.
He had done most bitter wrong
To some who are near to my heart,
Yet I number him in the song;
He, too, has resigned his part
In the casual comedy;
He, too, has been changed in his turn,
Transformed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

Hearts with one purpose alone
Through summer and winter seem
Enchanted to a stone
To trouble the living stream.
The horse that comes from the road,
The rider, the birds that range
From cloud to tumbling cloud,
Minute by minute they change;
A shadow of cloud on the stream
Changes minute by minute;
A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
And a horse plashes within it;
The long-legged moor-hens dive,
And hens to moor-cocks call;
Minute by minute they live:
The stone's in the midst of it all.

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven's part, our part
To murmer name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse--
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.___

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2016-03-17 10:27:56 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Saint Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg', by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941)   #StPatricksDay
St Patrick spent forty days of fasting and praying at Lough Derg, an island near Donegal, now St Patrick’s Purgatory. 
(Photo courtesy The National Gallery of Ireland www.nationalgallery.ie )

Saint Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg', by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941)   #StPatricksDay
St Patrick spent forty days of fasting and praying at Lough Derg, an island near Donegal, now St Patrick’s Purgatory. 
(Photo courtesy The National Gallery of Ireland www.nationalgallery.ie )___

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2016-02-01 20:55:12 (42 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

What went wrong with our Education System? #Education #OECD
The OECD report shows that about one in five university graduates can manage basic literacy and numeracy tasks. The report says this means they can do little more than "read the instructions on a bottle of aspirin, or understand a petrol gauge".
The analysis of 23 countries also found that only students in England and the United States of America had worse numeracy skills than students from Ireland/Northern Ireland.
I am not a fan of standardised tests in general nor of OECD reports in particular but this is a very damming and depressing report. What has gone so wrong with our Education System?
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-35455972 and http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/oecd-finds-literacy-an-issue-among-university-students-1.2515918

UPDATED 2 Feb 2016: The OECD have just... more »

What went wrong with our Education System? #Education #OECD
The OECD report shows that about one in five university graduates can manage basic literacy and numeracy tasks. The report says this means they can do little more than "read the instructions on a bottle of aspirin, or understand a petrol gauge".
The analysis of 23 countries also found that only students in England and the United States of America had worse numeracy skills than students from Ireland/Northern Ireland.
I am not a fan of standardised tests in general nor of OECD reports in particular but this is a very damming and depressing report. What has gone so wrong with our Education System?
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-35455972 and http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/oecd-finds-literacy-an-issue-among-university-students-1.2515918

UPDATED 2 Feb 2016: The OECD have just issued an apology to Northern Ireland students for errors in the graphs on their own report. The OECD mistake affected rankings on the skills of university students published on pages 15 and 53 of the report. Hmmm numeracy skills…. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-35474512

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2016-01-24 21:12:47 (38 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Broadband speed, so much for progress    #Broadband  #Vodafone
I’ve had more issues with Broadband speed in the last three months than in the previous 15 years. I have so called high speed fibre broadband with a download speed up to 70MB. I had little or no connection over the Christmas Holiday season, Friday evenings and the weekend are now a no go. People have explained to me that it’s all about Netflix and movie streaming and I need to pay more money to get an ‘uncongested’ channel. I am paying over 50 euro monthly for my package. I work from home and I don’t watch movies, I need a reliable connection. So much for technology progress,, less power to you……

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Broadband speed, so much for progress    #Broadband  #Vodafone
I’ve had more issues with Broadband speed in the last three months than in the previous 15 years. I have so called high speed fibre broadband with a download speed up to 70MB. I had little or no connection over the Christmas Holiday season, Friday evenings and the weekend are now a no go. People have explained to me that it’s all about Netflix and movie streaming and I need to pay more money to get an ‘uncongested’ channel. I am paying over 50 euro monthly for my package. I work from home and I don’t watch movies, I need a reliable connection. So much for technology progress,, less power to you……

(Image source: http://www.dealspwn.com/writer/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/slow-internet.jpg ) ___

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2016-01-11 22:38:16 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

The words ‘legend’ and ‘genius’ are often abused  #RIPBowie  #Lazurus
But in the case of David Bowie, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody argue or disagree. We are unanimous in our grief today. A genius has left us, a genius who is still singing for us from above, a genius who has reinvented himself yet again. 

The words ‘legend’ and ‘genius’ are often abused  #RIPBowie  #Lazurus
But in the case of David Bowie, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody argue or disagree. We are unanimous in our grief today. A genius has left us, a genius who is still singing for us from above, a genius who has reinvented himself yet again. ___

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2016-01-06 22:43:31 (21 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

So a phone isn’t a phone anymore?  #Smartphones #Communications
For the last few weeks I’ve noticed people saying they can’t hear me, my voice is muffled, can I call back on the land line. The phone signal is perfect. But I gather it’s quite normal now that nobody can hear or use the latest Smartphones for phone calls? They work super well for surfing the Internet, ordering the shopping, playing games and music, uploading photos and whatever you’re having yourself but no, forget trying to make a phone call! 

(Image source: http://www.finn.be/fr/blogs/bloggers-and-pr-it-me-youre-looking ) 

So a phone isn’t a phone anymore?  #Smartphones #Communications
For the last few weeks I’ve noticed people saying they can’t hear me, my voice is muffled, can I call back on the land line. The phone signal is perfect. But I gather it’s quite normal now that nobody can hear or use the latest Smartphones for phone calls? They work super well for surfing the Internet, ordering the shopping, playing games and music, uploading photos and whatever you’re having yourself but no, forget trying to make a phone call! 

(Image source: http://www.finn.be/fr/blogs/bloggers-and-pr-it-me-youre-looking ) ___

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2015-12-24 10:35:58 (19 comments; 4 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Happy Christmas from Dalkey 

Happy Christmas from Dalkey ___

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2015-12-21 21:37:08 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

When did blotting paper disappear??? #BlastFromThePast #WarOnWords #ThrowbackThursday 
I’m writing Christmas cards and the ink is running everywhere. I’d forgotten about blotting paper, when did it disappear? Kitchen towel is doing the trick but it just isn’t the same :-D  
I’m feeling old –a search for ‘blotting paper’ just throws up hundreds of images of cosmetic blotting pads, not a sign of an ink pen and paper….
(Image source: http://www.harrietsmart.com/?p=681 )

When did blotting paper disappear??? #BlastFromThePast #WarOnWords #ThrowbackThursday 
I’m writing Christmas cards and the ink is running everywhere. I’d forgotten about blotting paper, when did it disappear? Kitchen towel is doing the trick but it just isn’t the same :-D  
I’m feeling old –a search for ‘blotting paper’ just throws up hundreds of images of cosmetic blotting pads, not a sign of an ink pen and paper….
(Image source: http://www.harrietsmart.com/?p=681 )___

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2015-11-29 21:47:27 (11 comments; 6 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

The G+ Campus and bar  #Google #SocialMedia
Now that G+ is reinventing itself (yet again….) there’s a lot of renewed talk about what the network is about, how it started and the change of direction. G+ has always been like a massive global college, an international campus full of experts, non-experts and students from every faculty you can imagine. They’ve all mingled together and Liberal Arts/Science/Education/Media/Philosophy/Psychology have all bumped into each other for a chat as they go about their business. 
In its original design, G+ relied on Circles where we selected and sorted people into general groups. The designs then became more refined and we further divided people into Communities and then Collections, both based on shared themes/ interests.  
To be honest, I think the new interfaces and design changes are irrelevant, the original G+ campus is still there,it’s jus... more »

The G+ Campus and bar  #Google #SocialMedia
Now that G+ is reinventing itself (yet again….) there’s a lot of renewed talk about what the network is about, how it started and the change of direction. G+ has always been like a massive global college, an international campus full of experts, non-experts and students from every faculty you can imagine. They’ve all mingled together and Liberal Arts/Science/Education/Media/Philosophy/Psychology have all bumped into each other for a chat as they go about their business. 
In its original design, G+ relied on Circles where we selected and sorted people into general groups. The designs then became more refined and we further divided people into Communities and then Collections, both based on shared themes/ interests.  
To be honest, I think the new interfaces and design changes are irrelevant, the original G+ campus is still there, it’s just a bit harder to find your way around. The various faculties now have separate buildings instead of the original open plan design. And like every college campus, the place to meet people and have a chat is not in the Lectures/Collections nor in the Faculty buildings/Communities, but in the canteen or in the bar where all the best conversations take place! 

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2015-11-28 22:23:30 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Explore and Search are very different #Google #Search
And Google, the master of the Search engine should know this already! With the new G+ Interface a search for a particular person/their recent posts/ or even a search for a particular current topic of interest, now redirects to a new EXPLORE landing page. Now it’s fine and dandy if this new landing page had some if any sort of relevance. or maybe an algorithm or two at work, but no, it’s just a totally irrelevant hotchpotch of What’s Hot, the Suggested User List, Featured Collections/Communities all rolled into one page that can often take quite a while to load.. (“Simpler Faster and Better” it is definitely not) Hmmm, San Francisco Giants…
C’mon G+, bring back Search, you know how to Search!


Explore and Search are very different #Google #Search
And Google, the master of the Search engine should know this already! With the new G+ Interface a search for a particular person/their recent posts/ or even a search for a particular current topic of interest, now redirects to a new EXPLORE landing page. Now it’s fine and dandy if this new landing page had some if any sort of relevance. or maybe an algorithm or two at work, but no, it’s just a totally irrelevant hotchpotch of What’s Hot, the Suggested User List, Featured Collections/Communities all rolled into one page that can often take quite a while to load.. (“Simpler Faster and Better” it is definitely not) Hmmm, San Francisco Giants…
C’mon G+, bring back Search, you know how to Search!
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2015-11-22 11:45:17 (10 comments; 13 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

Wish you were here?   #Postcards  #JohnHinde #Photography
I stumbled upon this absolute gem of an article by Edmund Nägele, a photographer who worked with John Hinde in his Bullock Harbour studio in Dalkey back in 1968 http://nagelestock.com/uk/Stockphotochat/postcard.htm
“No PhotoShop in those days, only skilled Milanese Signores who would change colours, follow the scribble ‘make new sky’ to the letter and insert the perfect holiday wish. They would eagerly remove objects of lesser desire; telephone posts and TV-aerials scored especially high. More desirable items included people and cars, thus the scribbles became frantic: ‘make jumper red’ and ‘change colour of car to yellow’. Why red or yellow? Simple, it made the finished cards stand out on the rotating wooden display stands and make our competitors tear out their hair. It would take some 6 months before the printedcolour proofs we... more »

Wish you were here?   #Postcards  #JohnHinde #Photography
I stumbled upon this absolute gem of an article by Edmund Nägele, a photographer who worked with John Hinde in his Bullock Harbour studio in Dalkey back in 1968 http://nagelestock.com/uk/Stockphotochat/postcard.htm
“No PhotoShop in those days, only skilled Milanese Signores who would change colours, follow the scribble ‘make new sky’ to the letter and insert the perfect holiday wish. They would eagerly remove objects of lesser desire; telephone posts and TV-aerials scored especially high. More desirable items included people and cars, thus the scribbles became frantic: ‘make jumper red’ and ‘change colour of car to yellow’. Why red or yellow? Simple, it made the finished cards stand out on the rotating wooden display stands and make our competitors tear out their hair. It would take some 6 months before the printed colour proofs were transferred from one republic to the other.”
(Collecting Turf from the Bog, Connemara, Co Galway Ireland from the John Hinde Collection http://www.johnhindecollection.com/ireland1.html )___

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2015-11-19 22:19:36 (20 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

The new updated G+ business page Interface, is this for real??? #GoogleUpdate
Now when I want to share a post from my G+ +Ireland business page, these are the options. Yes, thank you, Facebook or Twitter would be a lot less hassle….
+Jaana Nyström +Plus Your Business! Any thoughts?


The new updated G+ business page Interface, is this for real??? #GoogleUpdate
Now when I want to share a post from my G+ +Ireland business page, these are the options. Yes, thank you, Facebook or Twitter would be a lot less hassle….
+Jaana Nyström +Plus Your Business! Any thoughts?
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2015-11-17 21:58:54 (23 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

The online world have more respect for the dead  #RIP #OnlineLegacies
My beloved sister Nuala died last March. She’d been battling with cancer for a long while and was well prepared. She left me in charge of her online profiles and I’m pleasantly surprised to see how the online world respects and honours the wishes of the dead, unlike the real world. 
Google have a facility where any living person can nominate somebody to ‘inherit’ their data if their account is inactive for three months. I was sad to get the email but Nuala had set this up months ago and knew what she was doing. I also contacted LinkedIn with her death notice and received a personal message of condolence within 24 hours and they deleted her profile. 
Sadly the real world is still a very nasty place and seems to have no respect for either the living or the dead. In short:
Bank –I called in personalong with m... more »

The online world have more respect for the dead  #RIP #OnlineLegacies
My beloved sister Nuala died last March. She’d been battling with cancer for a long while and was well prepared. She left me in charge of her online profiles and I’m pleasantly surprised to see how the online world respects and honours the wishes of the dead, unlike the real world. 
Google have a facility where any living person can nominate somebody to ‘inherit’ their data if their account is inactive for three months. I was sad to get the email but Nuala had set this up months ago and knew what she was doing. I also contacted LinkedIn with her death notice and received a personal message of condolence within 24 hours and they deleted her profile. 
Sadly the real world is still a very nasty place and seems to have no respect for either the living or the dead. In short:
Bank –I called in person along with my own passport and a copy of Nuala’s death certificate to our local bank requesting to see last year’s company bank statements in order to settle her business account. They have no policy and refused me access, despite the fact that I am a company director.
Post Office –a simple request to re-direct mail was refused until we can provide the probate of her will, this often takes 2 years.
Airtricity –a final warning to cut off electricity supply
UPC –an acknowledgement the client was dead but could we please return the set box immediately or we would continue to pay bills
Vodafone home phone –we cancelled her account and got a very nasty letter threatening legal action and a mention in Stubbs Gazette as there was a bill unpaid after her death.
Three Mobile –a letter to ‘the estate of Nuala O’Duffy’ and further monthly mobile bills for a mobile phone she very definitely hasn’t used since her death….___

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2015-11-12 19:08:03 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

I guessed the grub would be good ! #BordBiaAwards 

I guessed the grub would be good ! #BordBiaAwards ___

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2015-11-02 22:41:28 (15 comments; 2 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

The Four Seasons have moved!   #ClimateChange  #SunnyIreland #Dalkey
I’m sorting my old photos at the moment and it seems to me the seasons have moved and all blurred together, I’m loving it!  
Summer: May –October
Autumn: November
Winter: December –January
Spring: February –April 

___The Four Seasons have moved!   #ClimateChange  #SunnyIreland #Dalkey
I’m sorting my old photos at the moment and it seems to me the seasons have moved and all blurred together, I’m loving it!  
Summer: May –October
Autumn: November
Winter: December –January
Spring: February –April 

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2015-10-23 09:51:48 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Well I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who gets confused with Google names! I love this snippet:  “That is, until Google revamped Google Talk (which was sometimes also branded as “Chat”, for some reason). This big overhaul, which was part of Google’s plan to unify your messages, saw Google abandon the Talk and Chat monikers and instead call its messaging app Hangouts.” 
Indeed…    #Google
(h/t  +Jannik Lindquist )

Well I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who gets confused with Google names! I love this snippet:  “That is, until Google revamped Google Talk (which was sometimes also branded as “Chat”, for some reason). This big overhaul, which was part of Google’s plan to unify your messages, saw Google abandon the Talk and Chat monikers and instead call its messaging app Hangouts.” 
Indeed…    #Google
(h/t  +Jannik Lindquist )___

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2015-10-14 21:25:14 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Bye bye Google business pages?  #GoogleMyBusiness #GoogleLocal
Google business pages have a new update today which includes an option to use G+ on the home page and a second option to view Insights. There is a new top left menu (not very easy to find) and underneath you can select to view your business page. Yes, three clicks to get anywhere at all and it’s very messy and not at all intuitive Looks to me like the new Google My Business (yes, note the name change!) is about to migrate away from G+ as a separate app. 
From day one Google made it hard for businesses: the verification process was an enigma and most businesses lost interest and fell at the first hurdle. Business pages could not add people to follow for about two years before the policy was changed. And business page posts rarely show in the main stream so why bother? Google Local in Ireland more or less vanished off the map,lit... more »

Bye bye Google business pages?  #GoogleMyBusiness #GoogleLocal
Google business pages have a new update today which includes an option to use G+ on the home page and a second option to view Insights. There is a new top left menu (not very easy to find) and underneath you can select to view your business page. Yes, three clicks to get anywhere at all and it’s very messy and not at all intuitive Looks to me like the new Google My Business (yes, note the name change!) is about to migrate away from G+ as a separate app. 
From day one Google made it hard for businesses: the verification process was an enigma and most businesses lost interest and fell at the first hurdle. Business pages could not add people to follow for about two years before the policy was changed. And business page posts rarely show in the main stream so why bother? Google Local in Ireland more or less vanished off the map, literally. 
So what now? ___

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2015-10-10 10:45:14 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

The Majority Illusion    #SocialMedia #Polls #MarketResearch
A fascinating insight into how quickly public opinion sometimes flip flops and the catalysing effect of Social Media.
“The majority think they’re in the minority. Or, ‘the few shaping the opinions of the many,’ as network researcher Kristina Lerman described it. She calls this the ‘majority illusion’. It’s our flawed perception of some networks that relies a logical proverb: We just don’t know what we don’t know.
The @justinbieber’s of the world skew the results for the rest of us. “

The Majority Illusion    #SocialMedia #Polls #MarketResearch
A fascinating insight into how quickly public opinion sometimes flip flops and the catalysing effect of Social Media.
“The majority think they’re in the minority. Or, ‘the few shaping the opinions of the many,’ as network researcher Kristina Lerman described it. She calls this the ‘majority illusion’. It’s our flawed perception of some networks that relies a logical proverb: We just don’t know what we don’t know.
The @justinbieber’s of the world skew the results for the rest of us. “___

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2015-09-23 19:12:02 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Yes, there are beautiful unspoilt beaches in Menorca #defrag 

Yes, there are beautiful unspoilt beaches in Menorca #defrag ___

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2015-09-21 12:26:21 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Hmm, I guess this is what Irish beaches would look like if we got more sunshine! #organisedbeach #menorca 

Hmm, I guess this is what Irish beaches would look like if we got more sunshine! #organisedbeach #menorca ___

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2015-09-15 21:04:34 (57 comments; 7 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

More dubious research from OECD   #Education #EdTech #Computers
In a study of education systems in more than 30 countries, the OECD has found students who use computers very frequently at school do "a lot worse" academically than students who use them moderately.
For many years we've had OECD league tables dominating the education agenda: “By all means, learn from what others are doing in their own schools. But don't allow league tables of dubious provenance to dictate how we decide to educate our children” according to a critical report of the OECD in the Guardian in 2013  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/01/dont-let-pisa-league-tables-dictate-schooling. Finland, the most consistent high performer, has the least selective, most comprehensive system in the world, and it has no inspectors, no exams before 18 and a national curriculum that isconfi... more »

More dubious research from OECD   #Education #EdTech #Computers
In a study of education systems in more than 30 countries, the OECD has found students who use computers very frequently at school do "a lot worse" academically than students who use them moderately.
For many years we've had OECD league tables dominating the education agenda: “By all means, learn from what others are doing in their own schools. But don't allow league tables of dubious provenance to dictate how we decide to educate our children” according to a critical report of the OECD in the Guardian in 2013  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/01/dont-let-pisa-league-tables-dictate-schooling. Finland, the most consistent high performer, has the least selective, most comprehensive system in the world, and it has no inspectors, no exams before 18 and a national curriculum that is confined to broad outlines. 
Now I have to ask, are they using computers in the schools in Finland? ___

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2015-09-08 15:36:25 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

Enjoying the Indian Summer #BrittasBay 

Enjoying the Indian Summer #BrittasBay ___

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2015-08-26 21:47:12 (18 comments; 7 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Humans need to get more human again if they are to replace the machines #AI #Robots #CustomerService
Yeah, we are all bored silly with talk of Artificial Intelligence and the robots taking over. We’ve all had enough experience at this stage to see they are doing a bad job: the automated telephone helplines are just dire with endless options until finally you dial 1 for the customer agent, the online chat line help is next to useless and after about 30 minutes you pick up the phone to ask the human to take over and deal with the issue. 
But now the humans seem to be afraid to be human, they no longer respond like humans, they’re scared and they don’t seem to have any ideas of their own. You might know them, you might live in the locality and yet they start talking and acting like machines. If the humans are going to keep their jobs they need to start being human again, start listening,start... more »

Humans need to get more human again if they are to replace the machines #AI #Robots #CustomerService
Yeah, we are all bored silly with talk of Artificial Intelligence and the robots taking over. We’ve all had enough experience at this stage to see they are doing a bad job: the automated telephone helplines are just dire with endless options until finally you dial 1 for the customer agent, the online chat line help is next to useless and after about 30 minutes you pick up the phone to ask the human to take over and deal with the issue. 
But now the humans seem to be afraid to be human, they no longer respond like humans, they’re scared and they don’t seem to have any ideas of their own. You might know them, you might live in the locality and yet they start talking and acting like machines. If the humans are going to keep their jobs they need to start being human again, start listening ,start responding, start thinking for themselves and start showing they are not automatons. 
(Image source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/replacing-humans-robots-makes-sense/ ) ___

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2015-08-04 20:05:50 (20 comments; 2 reshares; 80 +1s; )Open 

Swimming Irish style #Heatwave #IrishSummer
Summer still hasn’t arrived in Ireland and I finally gave up and bought a wetsuit! Braving the water, Irish style :-D


Swimming Irish style #Heatwave #IrishSummer
Summer still hasn’t arrived in Ireland and I finally gave up and bought a wetsuit! Braving the water, Irish style :-D
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2015-07-31 19:32:29 (22 comments; 1 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

Wherever I lay my mat #beaches #nature #GreekIslands
I notice the term ‘organised beach’ has become increasingly popular. It seems to mean a beach where there are rows and rows of sun loungers and umbrellas absolutely wrecking the beautiful vista. Cheap cafes and blaring music are usually thrown in for good measure! 
For many years, most of the beaches on the Greek Islands were unorganised and unspoilt .Most beaches were surrounded by 'koukounari' (pine) trees providing natural shelter from the sun. And that’s the way beaches should remain.
(Photo taken Agios Prokopios, Naxos 2010) 

Wherever I lay my mat #beaches #nature #GreekIslands
I notice the term ‘organised beach’ has become increasingly popular. It seems to mean a beach where there are rows and rows of sun loungers and umbrellas absolutely wrecking the beautiful vista. Cheap cafes and blaring music are usually thrown in for good measure! 
For many years, most of the beaches on the Greek Islands were unorganised and unspoilt .Most beaches were surrounded by 'koukounari' (pine) trees providing natural shelter from the sun. And that’s the way beaches should remain.
(Photo taken Agios Prokopios, Naxos 2010) ___

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2015-07-26 21:38:24 (42 comments; 3 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Why are Google product updates getting worse and worse  #Google
I’ve always loved Google and more or less moved my life to Google many years ago. I’m so disappointed that Google keep messing up perfectly good products that used to work really well. What’s going on? Changes are fine if they are for good, but many of these changes are just messing for the sake of messing. Is there any option to revert back to older Google versions that worked really well? 
Gmail. I’ve been there since beta testing and loved it. I’d all my labels and filters all working well and now recent updates are automating the process and they are quite simply dire e.g. most emails get lumped into ‘updates’. No, they are not all updates, some of these emails are really important information from my bank, some are important job contacts. Please let me sort my own gmail, I do a better job. Contactsmore »

Why are Google product updates getting worse and worse  #Google
I’ve always loved Google and more or less moved my life to Google many years ago. I’m so disappointed that Google keep messing up perfectly good products that used to work really well. What’s going on? Changes are fine if they are for good, but many of these changes are just messing for the sake of messing. Is there any option to revert back to older Google versions that worked really well? 
Gmail. I’ve been there since beta testing and loved it. I’d all my labels and filters all working well and now recent updates are automating the process and they are quite simply dire e.g. most emails get lumped into ‘updates’. No, they are not all updates, some of these emails are really important information from my bank, some are important job contacts. Please let me sort my own gmail, I do a better job. 
Contacts: I tried to make a new group yesterday. I was looking to add people I already emailed to a new information group. It took me ages as most of the suggestions were from G+ (No, I follow these people, I am not in contact with them). Eventually I got an option to revert to the old contacts and this worked just fine, these are my contacts i.e. people I contact
Google Maps: I used to love it. What has happened? I’m now getting over a quarter the screen blocked with my search query. I try and use street view and instead  I get a selection of photos I don’t want. The detailed route directions are also often inaccurate now. 
Google Photos: I absolutely loved the photos on G+ with great editing and AutoEnhance settings, all easy to use and intuitive. Now it’s a complicated mess with categories that make no sense to me at all. 
Google Search My default homepage since the 1990’s and what Google was all about. Now I get unverified and inaccurate Wikipedia results, something called the Knowledge Graph that is anything but, lots of empty vessels making a lot of noise and nothing resembling the search results I am looking for. 

Google, can we go back in time to when you got things right? 
(Image source: http://p1.pichost.me/i/55/1790276.jpg) ___

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2015-07-21 20:22:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Stop. What are you doing? I’m not just a sign on the ground. Don’t pretend that I don’t exist #Disability  #Awareness 
More than 30 percent of drivers in Russia currently fail to comply with the parking regulations concerning disabled spaces. I’m guessing this is probably the same statistic worldwide? 

Stop. What are you doing? I’m not just a sign on the ground. Don’t pretend that I don’t exist #Disability  #Awareness 
More than 30 percent of drivers in Russia currently fail to comply with the parking regulations concerning disabled spaces. I’m guessing this is probably the same statistic worldwide? ___

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