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Landscape Photography Community10,730*Landscape Photography Community:  Stripes*  General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community (LPC)!!  Please circle the @106632923256517196664 page. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community.  5) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 6) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, February 16, 2015, 3 pm CST.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest. 9) Technical Requirements: Enable "sharing" on your photo.  If it receives honors, we want to be able to share it!!  Enable "comments" on your photo.  We want to say how great it is!!  Enable "plus ones" so everyone can give it a big plus!!LPC Contest #33: Stripes2015-02-09 22:00:00593  
ClickAlps Photography (ClickAlps.com)2,081*EVENTO: Il tuo paesaggio preferito!* *REGOLE* - Rispondi SI alla domanda partecipo - Invita i tuoi amici e condividi l'evento - Posta una solo fotografia originale (foto propria) - Aggiungere nella descrizione l'hashtag #clickalpsphotography   - Aggiungere nelle tue cerchie la Pagina @102503998098867164235  - Aggiungi gli autori alle tue cerchie: @116398868939565006202 @108831330459115038582 @102667013377819793486 @100953521647728057568 @105320884418564796732  La foto vincitrice sarà pubblicata nella Pagina Ufficiale G+ @102503998098867164235 e nello spazio FOTO VETRINA in ClickAlps G+ Photo Community a cui ti consigliamo di aggiungerti: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/106635141852769516554 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . *EVENT: Your Favorite Landscape!* *RULES* - Please reply YES to event question - Invite your friends and publicly share this event - Post max 1 photograph from your stream here - original work only - Add to the description the hashtag #clickalpsphotography   - Add in your circle page @102503998098867164235  - Add us to your friends and circles: @116398868939565006202 @108831330459115038582 @102667013377819793486 @100953521647728057568 @105320884418564796732  The photos of the winner will be published in the Official Page G +@102503998098867164235 and ClickAlps G+ Photo Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/106635141852769516554Il Tuo Paesaggio Preferito/ClickAlps Photography Event #1: Il Tuo Paesaggio Preferito/Your Favorite Landscape From 28 January To 9 February2015-01-28 13:00:00350  

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2017-01-25 11:28:13 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Last Post

Looks like this is the end of my association with G+. There is no going back to "classic," and I hate it.

So, goodbye, it's been fun. But not anymore.


#nikond800e
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Most reshares: 4

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2017-01-20 11:17:30 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

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2015-11-06 11:32:33 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Good Morning G+!

#Nikond800e   

Photo © 2015 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. This photo is part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public."   #gmreshare 

Latest 50 posts

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2017-02-20 12:05:22 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Wild Flowers of Central Minnesota Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Wild Flowers of Central Minnesota Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-19 11:27:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

After the Rain Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

After the Rain Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-18 11:36:13 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Dogs Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Dogs Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-17 11:33:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Men & Women at Work Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Men & Women at Work Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-16 11:26:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Street Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Street Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-15 16:58:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Squirrel Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Squirrel Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-14 11:29:53 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Landscape Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Landscape Album

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Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-13 11:39:01 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

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St. Paul Sunset last night...

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM-08TD6SZFQ7an8OWDQxd8s3h_78zLZhkMid28el8QfCawykFQ1Ky0BjJw1BMacw?key=YzgyZVQxR0VueFFNLWw3a3JzU045R21xN2hvVkJB

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2017-02-12 11:42:41 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Flora Album

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Flora Album

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-11 11:41:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Sunrise & Sunset Album

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Sunrise & Sunset Album

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-10 11:31:56 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Autumn Album

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Autumn Album

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

2017-02-09 21:52:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

"My" Daily Themes are Back

(Actually, they are your themes, I'm just along for the ride.)

+Fire Hydrant Friday, +300mmMonday and +Bench Saturday are all back in operation - all with the original URLs.

It turns out now that if you take down a page, Google unfollows that page from everyone who is following it! Therefore, these three pages do not have any followers since the "reboot."

So if you used to follow those themes, click on the links in this message and you will be taken to the page where you can follow them again.

#firehydrantfriday
#300mmmonday
#benchsaturday




"My" Daily Themes are Back

(Actually, they are your themes, I'm just along for the ride.)

+Fire Hydrant Friday, +300mmMonday and +Bench Saturday are all back in operation - all with the original URLs.

It turns out now that if you take down a page, Google unfollows that page from everyone who is following it! Therefore, these three pages do not have any followers since the "reboot."

So if you used to follow those themes, click on the links in this message and you will be taken to the page where you can follow them again.

#firehydrantfriday
#300mmmonday
#benchsaturday


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2017-02-09 11:25:32 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

New Mexico Trip, 2016

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

New Mexico Trip, 2016

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-08 21:55:35 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Is Google+ Purging Users...or Just Losing Them?

UPDATE: Thanks to the insights of +CircleCount and a few others in the comments below, I think we've solved the mystery. It looks like about 6 months or so ago Google decoupled Collection following from profile following (it used to be that any follow of one of your collections also followed your profile by default). In addition, they appear to no longer promote individual profiles to new users, but instead promote top Collections. All of that makes sense with Google+'s changed direction.

ORIGINAL POST

The screen caps below are the +CircleCount follower graphs for several influential Google+ profiles for the past 6 months. For comparison, the second one (that rises steadily) is the official Google+ account.

The first graph is my own. As you can see, I had a pretty steady increase in... more »

Is Google+ Purging Users...or Just Losing Them?

UPDATE: Thanks to the insights of +CircleCount and a few others in the comments below, I think we've solved the mystery. It looks like about 6 months or so ago Google decoupled Collection following from profile following (it used to be that any follow of one of your collections also followed your profile by default). In addition, they appear to no longer promote individual profiles to new users, but instead promote top Collections. All of that makes sense with Google+'s changed direction.

ORIGINAL POST

The screen caps below are the +CircleCount follower graphs for several influential Google+ profiles for the past 6 months. For comparison, the second one (that rises steadily) is the official Google+ account.

The first graph is my own. As you can see, I had a pretty steady increase in followers until the turn of the year, and have been in decline ever since.

The other examples (3-5) are from other influential users, all of whom are currently active on G+. I actually looked at many more influencer profiles, and found that the patterns in these three represent typical patterns for the past 6 months.

Those with a very high number of followers started a steady decline around the middle of last year, while those with under 100K mostly have gone flat since then.

We've seen similar patterns in the past, but never to my memory for this long a time. Usually they seemed to indicate times when Google was purging fake accounts, but those campaigns usually take place relatively quickly.

The other explanation would be that Google+ has actually begun to lose users, but I doubt that for two reasons: 1) the official Google+ account, which tends to be followed by almost all new users, has continued to grow, and 2) most people who stop using G+ don't deactivate their accounts. They simply stop using them, but typically the accounts live on for a long time. In fact, I'm not sure that Google ever purges an account just for inactivity.

So what do you think is causing this? +martin shervington +David Amerland +Ben Fisher +Dustin W. Stout (if someone can figure out how to ping the official G+ page please do, I can't for some reason).___

2017-02-08 14:06:09 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

OK - How Do You...

Search for a hash tag and sort by freshness?

Jump to one person or brand that you are following?

Find and remove from your circles people that are no longer on G+?

Notify your circles on a public post without creating two posts?

... that's it for now...

OK - How Do You...

Search for a hash tag and sort by freshness?

Jump to one person or brand that you are following?

Find and remove from your circles people that are no longer on G+?

Notify your circles on a public post without creating two posts?

... that's it for now...___

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2017-02-08 11:20:06 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Trying to Make this work again...

I guess I can't keep away. Still think the new interface sucks.

Anyway, this is my "My Town" album. All of it, so far. We'll see if it goes any farther.

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Trying to Make this work again...

I guess I can't keep away. Still think the new interface sucks.

Anyway, this is my "My Town" album. All of it, so far. We'll see if it goes any farther.

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-02-08 01:52:56 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Trying to Make this work again...

I guess I can't keep away. Still think the new interface sucks.

Anyway, this is my "Trains" album. All of it, so far. We'll see if it goes any farther.

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare

Trying to Make this work again...

I guess I can't keep away. Still think the new interface sucks.

Anyway, this is my "Trains" album. All of it, so far. We'll see if it goes any farther.

Photos © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. These photos are part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___

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2017-01-25 11:28:13 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

This is the end.

Bye.

Last Post

Looks like this is the end of my association with G+. There is no going back to "classic," and I hate it.

So, goodbye, it's been fun. But not anymore.


#nikond800e
Photo © 2017 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. This photo is part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public." #gmreshare___This is the end.

Bye.

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2017-01-20 11:17:30 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Please Reshare

Please Reshare___

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2016-08-31 10:45:06 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

+Danielle Buckley - please be aware that many of the things that have taken place on Google Plus have only made it worse. For example see: http://www.circlecount.com/p/+GailenMapes?&refresh=1 . You will see that when circle sharing was removed - followers dropped off.

I am not a Google featured photographer. Every one of those followers was earned with decent pictures and hard work. Sometimes I wonder if I should have bothered...

I see long-time G+ users dropping off and joining FB. Every week I have to check "not yet using G+." Also, I find that I no longer have to use the circle trimming app - people go away faster than I can find and add them. <sigh>

Also, if we are all forced to the "new new" format, I know of at least one more user that is going to go to Facebook full time. At least on FB my non technical family can figure it out... more »

Bringing the new Google+ to more people

Last November, (http://goo.gl/Yn6mjA) we introduced a preview on web of a fully redesigned Google+ to make it easier for people to discover and connect around unique and interesting things. From a Japanese astronaut sharing his experience in the International Space Station (http://goo.gl/JZQ7wH) to food lovers sharing their passion for breadmaking (http://goo.gl/wEh0C8), people are using Google+ to explore their interests more than ever.

Since introducing the new version, twice as many Collections are followed per day and there are 1.6 million daily new Community joins. Many of you have also shared feedback and requests, and we’ve been listening (http://goo.gl/IMLvy7).

Today, we’re announcing three new updates for Google+.

First, some new features. You can now have richer conversations by adding links and photos to your comments. We’re also offering Community owners and moderators more control over who posts what with approved posting. Finally, we're launching a new notifications center on the web where you can see and manage your recent activity on Google+. These features will be available across the web, Android and iOS in the coming weeks.

Second, if you haven’t yet previewed the new Google+, over the next few days we’ll upgrade you to the experience when you sign in on the web. You’ll still be able to toggle back to classic Google+ for the time being.

Finally, businesses have told us that they’ve found Google+ to be a valuable way to help employees share ideas and expertise via Collections and Communities, and we’re looking forward to making it available to more organizations. Today, Google Apps users already using Google+ (http://goo.gl/GxGRXo) will also see the new experience (goo.gl/IJtbah) when they sign in and in the next few weeks, Google+ will become a core Google for Work service.

From the interesting (http://goo.gl/yP2QJp), to the surprising (http://goo.gl/3dk0Xs), and the delightful (goo.gl/gix7s6), we hope Google+ continues to help you discover amazing things from passionate people.___+Danielle Buckley - please be aware that many of the things that have taken place on Google Plus have only made it worse. For example see: http://www.circlecount.com/p/+GailenMapes?&refresh=1 . You will see that when circle sharing was removed - followers dropped off.

I am not a Google featured photographer. Every one of those followers was earned with decent pictures and hard work. Sometimes I wonder if I should have bothered...

I see long-time G+ users dropping off and joining FB. Every week I have to check "not yet using G+." Also, I find that I no longer have to use the circle trimming app - people go away faster than I can find and add them. <sigh>

Also, if we are all forced to the "new new" format, I know of at least one more user that is going to go to Facebook full time. At least on FB my non technical family can figure it out and that's where they follow me.

I don't use collections, and I don't use communities. Really. They don't add functionality for me.

Now you know my "passion."

Please bring back circle sharing, and QUIT SCREWING UP A GREAT THING!

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2015-12-22 15:20:20 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Is Google Killing G+?

(Please reshare and comment if you agree.  The only way Google is going to notice this is if it hits the fan.)

It seems to me that every decision and "revamp" of Google Plus has reduced the growth of the number of people using the service.

Below is the follower graph for this account.  (Thanks +CircleCount!)  You can see a reasonable but steady growth from November 2011 to July, 2013.  At that time I was in a number of really great shared circles and you can see how the numbers took off.  Then about December, things quieted down to the normal growth rate.  This lasted till I was featured in some more shared circles in February and March of 2015.

All this time I had been curating and publishing my own " #handpickedcircles   " (the hash tag still works, check them out).  This project continued from "dayone&quo... more »

Is Google Killing G+?

(Please reshare and comment if you agree.  The only way Google is going to notice this is if it hits the fan.)

It seems to me that every decision and "revamp" of Google Plus has reduced the growth of the number of people using the service.

Below is the follower graph for this account.  (Thanks +CircleCount!)  You can see a reasonable but steady growth from November 2011 to July, 2013.  At that time I was in a number of really great shared circles and you can see how the numbers took off.  Then about December, things quieted down to the normal growth rate.  This lasted till I was featured in some more shared circles in February and March of 2015.

All this time I had been curating and publishing my own " #handpickedcircles   " (the hash tag still works, check them out).  This project continued from "day one" through to the end of circle sharing on May 12th, 2015.  At that point the growth levels off to about 850 per month (the "day zero" to May 12 growth averaged just shy of 2080 per month).

Then came the "New G+".  Growth over the last 30 days has been just 91.  That's an order of magnitude less than the non-circle sharing G+ period that preceded it and only 4.3% of the circle sharing rate.  And only 0.1% of the all-time rate of growth.

This isn't just me.  I see this trend in the graphs of other profiles, including the "megastars."

And it appears that more and more people are leaving.  Quality people.  Almost every week I lose a few people from my circles - they become "People not yet using G+" and all I can do is delete them.

Expanding my circles without circle sharing has become tedious.  There aren't enough hours in the day.  And Google's "suggestions" - well don't get me started.  They offer photographers that haven't posted in 2 years.  (Which makes me wonder how many active followers I really have...)

And "Ripples" - remember them?  It made it easy to see who has reshared a post and be able to thank them.  Ripples helped interaction.  Bring them back!

Google:

Please bring back circle sharing.  Please.

Clean out the "dead wood."  At least offer profile suggestions that have posted in the past month.  Why should I follow someone who doesn't post?  Why???

Bring back Ripples.  I know it's a silly little gimmick but it helped.  A lot.

Bring back an easy way to get to "albums."  That's how I curate my pictures.  I know about "collections" and maybe if I was starting over that's the way I would go.  But Albums is what I am invested in, let me use them!

Kill this new G+ and go back to the code you were using before you stopped circle sharing.  The old stuff worked, this doesn't.  I hate being presented with "collections" when I sign on.  I'd rather follow a page or profile.

Oh and on the "clean out the dead wood" thing...  What about notifying users that haven't signed on in over a year and deleting their accounts if they don't respond?  I know that that would absolutely clobber my follower numbers.  And that's a good thing.  I'd rather have real followers than some digital dust floating about...

#googlefail   #gmreshare  ___

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2015-11-25 21:23:10 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

The Cotswolds - Part 1

#Nikond800e   

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The Cotswolds - Part 1

#Nikond800e   

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2015-11-25 20:25:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Landscape at 60 MPH

5 shot composite taken from a moving bus of the English countryside near Broadway in the Cotswolds.  I can't believe this goofy idea worked!  :-)  View big, location is geotagged in the picture.

#Nikond800e   

Photo © 2015 by Gailen Mapes all rights reserved. This photo is part of an album, to see the rest, click on the pictures. If you wish to reshare, Please reshare to "Public."   #gmreshare 

Landscape at 60 MPH

5 shot composite taken from a moving bus of the English countryside near Broadway in the Cotswolds.  I can't believe this goofy idea worked!  :-)  View big, location is geotagged in the picture.

#Nikond800e   

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2015-11-25 19:49:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

I Hate It When That Happens!

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I Hate It When That Happens!

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2015-11-25 11:33:05 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Evening in Oxford, UK

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Evening in Oxford, UK

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2015-11-24 21:20:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK - Part 2

Continuing our trip to England last month...  For more information:  http://www.ashmolean.org/

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Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK - Part 2

Continuing our trip to England last month...  For more information:  http://www.ashmolean.org/

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2015-11-24 12:00:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK - Part 1

Continuing our trip to England last month...  For more information:  http://www.ashmolean.org/

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Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK - Part 1

Continuing our trip to England last month...  For more information:  http://www.ashmolean.org/

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2015-11-23 12:01:30 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

*It's +300mmMonday!

You know what to do!

#300mmmonday  +300mmMonday curated by +Gailen Mapes and +David Mathre 
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*It's +300mmMonday!

You know what to do!

#300mmmonday  +300mmMonday curated by +Gailen Mapes and +David Mathre 
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2015-11-22 22:55:40 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

*Between Stratford-on-Avon and Oxford, UK"

The landscapes were done at 60 MPH.  I wish I could have stopped the tour bus on many occasions.

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*Between Stratford-on-Avon and Oxford, UK"

The landscapes were done at 60 MPH.  I wish I could have stopped the tour bus on many occasions.

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2015-11-22 22:03:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

A Busker in Stratford-on-Avon, UK

I supposed he would get more dressed like a king...

Taken on my trip to England this month.

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A Busker in Stratford-on-Avon, UK

I supposed he would get more dressed like a king...

Taken on my trip to England this month.

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2015-11-22 13:34:58 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Finally, as promised - the Second Half of the Shakespeare House Pictures

Taken on my trip to England this month.

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Finally, as promised - the Second Half of the Shakespeare House Pictures

Taken on my trip to England this month.

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2015-11-20 11:31:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

It's +Fire Hydrant Friday!

Now is the time to upload your photos containing fixed firefighting equipment and tag them

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This is one of the elusive underground hydrants from England...

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It's +Fire Hydrant Friday!

Now is the time to upload your photos containing fixed firefighting equipment and tag them

#firehydrantfriday  +Fire Hydrant Friday curated by +Gailen Mapes 

This is one of the elusive underground hydrants from England...

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2015-11-19 21:28:45 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Ready to Fly

A scene from the Newark NJ airport as we were waiting to take off to England.  No further comment needed...

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Ready to Fly

A scene from the Newark NJ airport as we were waiting to take off to England.  No further comment needed...

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2015-11-19 11:59:54 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

I'm back and slowly recovering from the jet lag...

The William Shakespeare House - Part 1

I will split the experience because I took a LOT of pictures and I can only process them a few at a time.  More to come.

This was the house he grew up in and lived with Anne after their marriage.  Later Shakespeare built a much larger house in town which was torn down about 1700 because the idiot that owned it didn't like the people who wanted to see inside.  He should have kept it open and charged admission.  He could have afforded a mansion...

After Shakespeare moved from this house he added a front room and turned it into a pub - more on that later...

For more on old Bill, see:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare

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2015-11-19 11:49:58 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

All right... the new G+...

My opinion?

Blech!

Circles have been decimated. Stupidest idea they have have had yet.

I'm switching back... forever if possible.

All right... the new G+...

My opinion?

Blech!

Circles have been decimated. Stupidest idea they have have had yet.

I'm switching back... forever if possible.___

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Thanks for sharing with #300mmmonday +300mmMonday curated by +Gailen Mapes and +David Mathre!

Please visit the profile and stream and comment, add to your circles, share and give +1 for the wonderful photos!

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Female Painted Bunting 

#hqspbirds #hqspanimals #beautifulbeautifulbirds#hqspgold   #birds4all #birdsgallery #wildlifeinthecity#showyourbestwork#artistphtographeramateurorprofessional#LeavesOnThursday   
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2015-11-17 04:26:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

No time for Tea...

We're off for the airport!  See you soon!

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No time for Tea...

We're off for the airport!  See you soon!

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2015-11-16 20:14:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Good Night G+!

Stratford-on-Avon, UK

I'll be out of touch now for about 36 hours as I travel back to chilly Minnesota.  I've been wandering around London with just a sweater today.  Tomorrow, I expect to need a full coat...

No fooling around about that.  :-D

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Good Night G+!

Stratford-on-Avon, UK

I'll be out of touch now for about 36 hours as I travel back to chilly Minnesota.  I've been wandering around London with just a sweater today.  Tomorrow, I expect to need a full coat...

No fooling around about that.  :-D

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2015-11-16 06:50:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Good Morning G+!

We continue pictures from the trip with interior pictures from Anne Hathaway's House in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.  Anne was the wife of William Shakespeare and this cottage is a preserved bit of the 1500s.  Shakespeare would have visited here, but never lived here.  Aside from the steep stairs, short doorways and the thatched roof, I could see living here.  :-)

Next post, William Shakespeare's house...  I may or may not be able to post those tomorrow, we take off for home at oh-dark-thirty.  I'll try for tonight...

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Good Morning G+!

We continue pictures from the trip with interior pictures from Anne Hathaway's House in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.  Anne was the wife of William Shakespeare and this cottage is a preserved bit of the 1500s.  Shakespeare would have visited here, but never lived here.  Aside from the steep stairs, short doorways and the thatched roof, I could see living here.  :-)

Next post, William Shakespeare's house...  I may or may not be able to post those tomorrow, we take off for home at oh-dark-thirty.  I'll try for tonight...

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2015-11-15 20:31:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

My trip so far.  Well I'm still several days late posting, but this is some of them.  If you have questions about the photos, most of them are geotagged.


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My trip so far.  Well I'm still several days late posting, but this is some of them.  If you have questions about the photos, most of them are geotagged.


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2015-11-14 08:15:54 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I suppose I should explain my my absence...  I have been in England and the hotel wants the equivalent of US$22 per day for wifi in the room.  Sorry, too much!  There is free stuff in the lobby, but it is S*L*O*W...  Even doing this text message is painful.  Worse, yes worse than dialup.  Really.

So I have been taking lots and lots of pictures and processing them.  I may have better luck when we move hotels tomorrow.

Anyway, back soon!

#firehydrantfriday  +Fire Hydrant Friday +300mmMonday  #300mmmonday  +Gailen Mapes +David Mathre 

Dave, many thanks for keeping up.  It would have been impossible for me!

I suppose I should explain my my absence...  I have been in England and the hotel wants the equivalent of US$22 per day for wifi in the room.  Sorry, too much!  There is free stuff in the lobby, but it is S*L*O*W...  Even doing this text message is painful.  Worse, yes worse than dialup.  Really.

So I have been taking lots and lots of pictures and processing them.  I may have better luck when we move hotels tomorrow.

Anyway, back soon!

#firehydrantfriday  +Fire Hydrant Friday +300mmMonday  #300mmmonday  +Gailen Mapes +David Mathre 

Dave, many thanks for keeping up.  It would have been impossible for me!___

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2015-11-09 11:31:57 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Good Morning G+!

Both David and I will be in the traveling mode today.  I will try to catch up on notifications when I get to the hotel Tuesday night in Birmingham England.

In the mean time, have fun, post those telephoto shots and keep out of trouble.  :-)

#300mmmonday  +300mmMonday curated by +David Mathre and +Gailen Mapes 

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Good Morning G+!

Both David and I will be in the traveling mode today.  I will try to catch up on notifications when I get to the hotel Tuesday night in Birmingham England.

In the mean time, have fun, post those telephoto shots and keep out of trouble.  :-)

#300mmmonday  +300mmMonday curated by +David Mathre and +Gailen Mapes 

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2015-11-08 11:42:07 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Good Morning G+!

#300mmmonday  +300mmMonday curated by +David Mathre and +Gailen Mapes 

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Good Morning G+!

#300mmmonday  +300mmMonday curated by +David Mathre and +Gailen Mapes 

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2015-11-07 12:12:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Good Morning G+!

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Good Morning G+!

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2015-11-06 11:32:33 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Good Morning G+!

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Good Morning G+!

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2015-11-06 11:32:25 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Reminder!

It's +Fire Hydrant Friday!

Time to post your pictures with fire hydrants and tag them:

#firehydrantfriday  +Fire Hydrant Friday curated by +Gailen Mapes 

The rest is up to us!  :-D

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2015-11-05 11:15:07 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Good Morning G+!

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Good Morning G+!

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2015-11-04 11:26:33 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Good Morning G+!

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Good Morning G+!

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2015-11-03 11:31:35 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Rico and His Chair

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Rico and His Chair

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2015-11-02 11:24:54 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Good Morning G+!

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Good Morning G+!

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